Dates are consumed in forms as varied as bread spreads, dessert toppings and even in energy bars.
Their nutritional benefits include relief from constipation, heart problems, anemia and diarrhoea. They also aid in healthy weight gain and are essential for muscle development. This sweet fruit rich in potassium, phosphorus and iron infuses the body with instant energy and has a pleasing taste.
Since dates are also rich in dietary fibre, they help to maintain colon health and are known to prevent abdominal cancer.
In ayurveda, dates are considered a superfood since they nourish the ojas or the energy centre of the body. They pacify the vata and pitta doshas but aggravate kapha because of their hard to digest nature. For this reason, dates can be pickled and consumed in smaller quantities, making sure that the balance of the digestive system is not disturbed.
- 2 cups seedless dates (chopped)
- 2 tbsp. chopped ginger
- 3 garlic pods
- 1 tsp tamarind paste
- 7 dried red chilies
- 1 tsp fenugreek powder
- 1 tsp asafetida powder
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp. jaggery powder
- vegetable oil
- mustard seeds
- Heat vegetable oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds.
- Once the mustard seeds start popping, add ginger, garlic and dried red chillies
- Once the mix turns brown, add the chopped dates and cook them till they turn soft and mushy.
- Mix in the tamarind pulp, asafoetida powder, fenugreek powder and cook over a low flame.
- Add the powdered jaggery and salt and mix until well blended.
- Lastly add the vinegar and turn off the flame.
- Allow your date pickle to cool and then serve with desired accompaniments