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Preparation Time : 60
Cook Time : 25
Total Time : 85
1 cup cashews
3/4 cup sugar
10 deseeded dates, finely chopped
2 tablespoons almonds (soak in water for an hour and peel)
2 tablespoons pistachios powder
Poppy seeds 2 tablespoons
Saffron strands 1/3 teaspoon soaked in 1/2 cup water
Silver warq for garnishing
Wash cashews and soak in water for ten minutes.
Drain the water and make a fine paste (add little water if required).
Heat a pan add cashew paste and sugar. Mix well.
Now at low flame keep stirring the paste, until it thickens and becomes non sticky and forms like a mass. It takes approximately 15 minutes to thicken.
Now remove from flame and keep it aside until it cools down.
Now lengthwise cut each peeled almond in 2 pieces. Soak this cut almonds in saffron water for half an hour and keep aside.
Now heat a pan and dry roast poppy seeds till golden on low flame. Keep it aside.
Now its time to assemble all things and shape up sweet like a lotus.
First make very small balls from dates mixture and roll these balls on poppy seeds. Ready all balls like this from whole dates mixture. Keep aside.
Now drain saffron water from almonds and pat dry them.
Now Take cashewnuts mass and make small balls from it. ( Cashew balls should be bigger than ready poppy-dates balls).
Roll cashew balls on silver warq . Now slightly press cashewballs with thumb from centre to make a pit.
Now Keep ready poppy-dates balls in pit of cashew balls.
Sprinkle pistachio powder on edges of cashewballs as shown in picture.
Atlast place slit almonds horizontally on corners of poppy-dates balls. So that after assembling it looks like a lotus. ( For reference see the picture).
A very unique, healthy, delicious and flavoursome sweet is ready to serve in festive season.
Enjoy a creamy sweet made with cashew paste and stuffed with dates, almonds and pistachios.
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