FRUIT & NUT BALLS
A variety of dried fruits and nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cashews, figs, apricots, dates and poppy seeds are gently roasted, crushed and rolled into balls. Talk about a simple, healthy and delicious snack option!
We need to take the help of a little math to understand the science behind this dish.
Theorem: The sum total of individual components is greater than one.
The Proof: lies in the eating of these supremely delicious balls. They’re composed of several individually delicious dried fruits and nuts and yet the taste quotient of all the ingredients put together (aka the ball) far exceeds their individual deliciousness. Also, the experience of eating one ball is so much better than eating the individual components. QED.
To summarise, when the chewing gets boring, pulverize the chewed and turn them into balls and experience a beautiful symphony of flavors! Still don’t follow? Read the recipe below to experience this sage wisdom!
THIS RECIPE MAKES 25 BALLS
- Almonds – 1 cup
- Cashewnut – 1 cup
- Walnuts – 1 cup
- Pistachios – 1/2 cup
- Dates – 1/2 cup
- Apricots – 1/2 cup
- Cranberries or Raisins – 1/2 cup
- Poppy seeds – 2 tsps (optional)
- Ghee/clarified butter – 1 tsp
- Heat the ghee in a heavy-bottomed pan. Add the almonds, cashewnuts, walnuts and pistachios and roast for a couple of minutes.
- Add the dates, apricots and cranberries (or raisins as the maybe) and roast on a medium flame for another 5 mins, until the dried fruits soften a bit and the nuts let out a good aroma. Turn off the heat. Add the poppy seeds and mix well.
- Once the mixture cools down, transfer to a blender or food processor and pulse until it resembles a coarse mixture or to a texture of preference. Roll them into balls.
- This is the combination of dried fruits and nuts that I’ve used. You can change the ratio and the dried fruits and nuts used to suit your preference. Any other combination would taste just as great.
- After blending the mixture, try rolling them into balls. If the mixture is too dry, add some more dried fruits such as dates or apricots to add more moisture to the mixture
- Dried fruits are considered to generate heat and so the poppy seeds which have cooling properties are added to counteract that. And therefore it’s an optional ingredient.