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Dates Coconut Rolls

26 Sep

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Karjuram Kobbari Vundalu.

Dates are chopped up and cooked in little milk till they turn soft. They are then ground into fine paste using a blender. Dates paste is heated on low flame until most of the moisture is gone. Then, the thick dates paste is formed into small balls and rolled into dry coconut.
Makes: around a Cup of Dates Coconut Rolls.

Ingredients:

Dates 1 Cup
Milk 1/2 Cup
Thickly Grated Dessicated Coconut 2 tbsps
Sugar / Honey to taste (optional)

Method of preparation:

Chop the dates into small pieces.
Heat milk in a sauce pan on low heat, add dates and cook till most of the milk is evaporated or until dates turn soft.

Once the dates come to room temperature, grind them into smooth paste.
Put the ground dates mixture back into sauce pot and heat it on low flame to remove any excess moisture.
At this point of time add sugar (if using) and mix well.
Then stir in half of the grated coconut into the dates mixture.

Cool the dates mixture until it is warm enough to handle.
Take a little more than a tsp of the mixture and roll into smooth balls between the palms.
Repeat the same with remaining dates mixture.
Roll each of the dates ball into grated coconut so that the coconut sticks to the dates mixture.
Refrigerate the dates coconut rolls and serve them as a snack when necessary.
Notes: For dessicated coconut, freshly grated coconut is spread on the baking sheet and baked in 200F for couple of minutes or until it dries out a bit.

Suggestions: If dates are not soft enough to grind, make sure to cook dates in enough milk to make them soft. If the dates are soft enough to grind before starting the process, you can avoid milk and directly grind them into smooth paste and roll them in coconut.
Variations: You can also add any flavorings or chopped nuts into the dates mixture if you wish.
Other Names: Karjuram Kobbari Vundalu, Dates Coconut Rolls.