Saturday, November 20, 2010

My Very Own Walnut, Date, and Orange Zest Balls

Raw and vegan power balls - a tasty and healthy treat.

  • About 200 grams of unsalted walnuts
  • About 200 grams of dates (deseeded)
  • Zest of an orange -- about a fist full - The imported big oranges work better than the local ones.

To make:
  • Grind the walnuts to a granular powder in a blender - I prefer a bit of uneven chunkiness. Set aside.
  • Grind the dates or finely chop them up.
  • Grate the zest of an orange.
  • Using these three ingredients, form a dough, mixing all three well together.
  • Form bars or balls in the size you desire.
  • Refrigerate for some time

Serving: Will make about 25 laddoos.

PS: Unlike the last time I made these kinds of balls, I left out honey or water - so that this time the "dough" was really dry. That way I dont have to leave the balls out in the sun to dry out the excess moistness.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tahini Time

So...I've been meaning to make Tahini for the last few days now but reaching home tired at 8.30 pm or later really zaps my culinary intentions. I already bought 1/2 pound of white unhulled sesame seeds (plus, poppy seeds, walnuts, and black salt) from Crawford market last weekend when I was showing someone around town - Gosh they are expensive!! So what I am going to do is use half the sesame seeds to make my dates+some seed bars. The other half I'll try my hand at making Tahini.

As far as dishes go, this one really is just too simple. Just two basic ingredients: sesame seeds and oil. However, as with all good things in life, no one seems to agree on the exact amounts of each of these ingredients. Proportions will vary widely the more you look it up on the net. To make tahini sauce, just add more water, lime and a garlic clove.

Here's a fairly decent recipe - However, I will be making my raw - so no roasting beforehand.


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