Today, I would like to share my mother’s recipe for date and walnut cookies. She often substitutes cashew nuts for the walnuts when we run out of walnuts.
I also wanted to mention a start-up that came to my attention recently and thought it might be of interest to those planning travels around Asia. Withlocals.com is a venture, currently covering 7 countries including Sri Lanka, initiated by a group of self-labelled ‘digital geeks with a combined passion for travelling, food and people.’ The interesting part of their services is ‘Eat with locals,’ where local hosts register to offer home-cooked meals. I might take up the offer of Martin (a staff at Withlocals.com) to try one of the eating experiences listed, next time a non-Sri Lankan friend visits me, provided the host is willing to share one of the recipes on this blog.
Date and Walnut Cookies
- Dates – ¼ cup, chopped
- Walnut or cashew nut – ¼ cup, chopped
- Roasted gram/ Pottu kadalai flour – ¼ cup
- All-purpose flour -1 cup
- Baking powder – 1 tsp
- Oats – ¼ cup
- Sugar – 2 tbsp
- Cinnamon powder – pinch
- Rose water – 1 tsp
- Margarine – ¼ cup
- Mix all the ingredients. Add a little water if the mixture is too dry.
- Place the cookie dough on a lightly greased tray tablespoon at a time leaving an inch of space between them.
- Bake for about 20 mins at 170⁰C/338⁰F.
- Store in an air-tight container.
Recipe source: Raji Thillainathan