Recipe contributed by Good Parsi Wife
The Good Parsi Wife is a full time mother, full time foodie and part time Engineer living in Western Australia. In her spare time (does that even exist!?) you can usually find her in the kitchen experimenting for her family and social media followers, or singing and dancing around the house with her two active boys.
When Bawi Bride invited the foodie community to participate in her #AtoZChallenge for 2019, I excitedly raised my e-hand to help out again (here’s what I have contributed before, my favourite Saffron Peda recipe!). There’s nothing quite like revamping classic recipes, while experimenting with new techniques and ideas.
Now, it is always risky to tamper with a well-loved Parsi sweet treat. However, based on the feedback from a few willing (but honest) Parsi taste-testers, this recipe has the double thumbs up!
I was presented with the challenge to whip up a ‘Mum friendly’ version of the Parsi classic Khajur ni Ghari (pastries stuffed with a delicious date mixture), and I happily accepted! The aim was to get the delicious khajur mixture taste, without spending the extra time to make pastry from scratch and all the baking/frying. Despite my love of cooking, I often don’t have plenty of time to cook healthy snacks for the family (for those working Mummas who have little children, you’ll understand), so I took a ‘truffle’ inspired twist and have created Date Bliss Balls for this year’s #AtoZofParsiFoodChallenge.
Bliss Balls are currently all the rage in Australian wholefood circles and in cafes as well as restaurants. Usually consisting of coconut/nuts/dried fruits/seeds blended up and rolled in desiccated coconut or crushed nuts, they are little balls packed food of goodness. Which means they are perfect for kids and they get bonus points for being portable and in the ‘snack-on-the-go’ category.
So with this in mind, I put a new twist on the Ghari classic, replacing the pastry with a crushed pistachio coating. There is no added sugar (dates are sweet enough!), no frying, and no nasty preservatives or flavours – just wholesome Parsi goodness!