Ramadan walnut recipes: Ramadan brings the appetite for the festival's delicious delicacies. So this year, let's give an exciting twist to our forever favourite Iftar feast by adding that extra dose of health with California walnuts. Not only do walnuts add flavour and crunch to all sorts of dishes, but they also boost the nutrition of whatever they're incorporated into. Walnuts are the only tree nut that provides 4g of protein and 2g of fibre. So, indulge in these nourishing and easy-to-make recipes after a full day of fasting.
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1. Soak 12-13 dried figs in warm water for 1 hour. Drain water and grind to a smooth paste - use 2-3 tablespoons of the dripping water if required to make a smooth paste.
2. Rinse 1/4 cup basmati rice a couple of times in water. Drain and let dry completely on a sheet pan. Once dry, add to the dry grinder and grind to a coarse consistency. You do not want a powder but a rough semolina texture. Remove, then pulse the walnuts to a walnut meal consistency.
3. In a thick bottom pan, heat 1L of milk. Bring to a boil. Once the milk is hot, remove one tablespoon and add to a bowl with the saffron strands.
4. Add the ground rice and walnut meal when the milk starts boiling, and stir well. Add the condensed milk and mix well. Cook on low heat; keep stirring often.
5. When the rice granules are almost cooked, add the cardamom powder, saffron milk, nutmeg and fig paste. Mix well. Let simmer for a bit. The total cooking time is around 25 minutes after the addition of rice.
6. Transfer to earthen clay pots and garnish with walnut shavings, chopped figs and dried rose petals.
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