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Date ‘n’ Choco Fudge in 10 minutes

Itz date season here in Doha,and I see dates everywhere.I see dates when I open my front door(therez 3 date trees in my ‘garden’)..I see dates when I go outside(everywhere therez date trees and date trees alone).I see dates when I open my fridge(my husband brought a ton of dates-gift,gosh..)I see dates when I visit relatives(they too are blessed with dates gifts,**rolls eyes**).

Dates Dates Dates..I hate it..


This is the only friut that grows here and when itz season,all those with good varieties gift(get rid of) their dates to each other..I distributed my carton of dates among family members here.Most funny part is that,when we went there to ‘gift’ them dates,there is a ‘gift packet’ waiting for us..Guess what??DATES again….I yelled”Oh no..Not again” .


I don’t feel like throwing them away.God will punish me:( So I made up my mind to process dates in various forms..Dates cake,Dates pickle,Dates payasam,Dates fudge ..The list is still to continue;bcoz therez still much more dates left.

I dn’t like the idea of spending too much time in kitchen.Whatever I cook,I make sure it ends up fast( and tasty too).Herez a recipe that yummy and very easy.



We’ll need

Ripe dates(deseeded)-1 cup

Raisins-1/4 cup

Nuts of your choice-1/4 cup

Sugar-2 tspn

Honey-2 tspn

Vanilla extract-1 tspn

Butter-2 tspn

Cocoa powder-3 tbspn


Milk-2 tspn


(The list may seem long..But its all handy items that are available in the kitchen at any point of time.If you don’t have them,buy and store in refrigerator.Its worth buying as all these items are used in many recipes)

Melt butter over low heat,add cocoa and sugar.Stir for 2-3 minutes under low flame.Remove from heat.In a large bowl,mix all ingredients and stir .Add butter-cocoa mix and blend well.Now,you can either roll out into desired shapes with your hand,or you can remove to a greased pan and cut into pieces later.Serve cool.


P.S You can serve this with a scoop of ice-cream.

Coconut Peda

Be honest! Tell me how many times do you dream of having chewy pedas that melt in your mouth..Well,I do dream ,especially,when its brunch time;)


Back home,whenever I had a “peda instinct”,I could rush to Royal bakers,grab some yummy pedas which usually ended up me up eating the whole of them before it reached home(where I have two people,my younger bro & Sis,who’ll be waiting for me to bring pedas..oops..Its a messy time when I land with empty packets)..Good old times..Here in Doha,I’ve hardly seen any pedas..So one fine day when I couldn’t control the “peda instinct” I digged into EASY peda recipes and well,here is the result…




You’ll need

Grated Coconut-1 cup

Condensed Milk-1 tin

Milk-2 tbspn

Saffron-few strands

Dry fruit of your choice 

  • Dry grind the grated coconut until it reaches to a powdery consistency.
  • Soak saffron in about 2 tbsp of milk for about 5 mins.
  • In a heavy bottomed pan, heat the condensed milk along with the milk and saffron and bring it to boil.
  • Keep stirring until the mixture thickens.
  • Remove to a greased plate.
  • When cool,cut into desired shapes.

Alternatively,you can shape pedas directly from the cooked pan.

  • When cool(just that the there is no more “too hot-ness”  ) carefully form circular laddus Note: the sweet still needs to be hot when you shape it.
  • Slowly press in a dry fruit in the center . I used raisins here.