This was a confluence of a few things. I stumbled across a pal payasam made of dates and sugar instead of fully with sugar. It was yumm..
A close friend of mine also told me that Terra, an organic outlet in chennai, sells mysore pak made of figs and pistas and stuff.
I put both these instances together and decided to embark on my little journey of adventure.
From the kaju kalti I learnt that palm sugar caramalising is different from caramelising refined sugar.
This is what I did:
3 cups of besan
200 gms of butter
100 gms of dates deseeded
Four cups of palm sugar
Melt butter in a hot wok, drop in the besan and fry till the kitchen is filled with the aroma of fresh besan!
In another wok add half a glass of water and palmsugar. Mix and bring it to boil. In the mean time grind dated preferably without water and add to the caramelising sugar.
I took it off heat a little early and so it looks more like halwa. Next time i shall correct that issue😬
Whatever was sticky i rolled it into balls😇