Date and Sesame Wontons ( Chinese Cooking )


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Date and sesame wantons, these sweet wontons originate from the cantonese region, and traditionally stuffed with walnuts and dates. In this recipe, dates are mixed in with butter, brown sugar and toasted sesame seeds. You could add in chopped walnuts too. These are stuffed into wonton wrappers scrunched into money bags and fried in hot oil. Coat them in powdered sugar and eat them hot- they taste a lot like baklava, the famed lebanese dessert. And if you are serving it as dessert after a chinese meal, serve a few of them alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It tastes delicious!

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Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:     Makes 20 wantons
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For The Stuffing
1/4 cup sesame seeds (til)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup chopped dates (khajur)
1 tbsp butter , softened

Other Ingredients
20 wonton wrappers
1/3 cup milk
oil for deep-frying
2 tbsp powdered sugar

For Serving
vanilla ice-cream

For the stuffing

  1. Toast the sesame seeds on a medium flame till they turn light brown in colour. Keep aside to cool.
  2. Crush them coarsely, combine with the brown sugar, dates and butter in a bowl and mix well. Keep aside.

How to proceed

  1. Place a wonton wrapper on a flat, dry surface and place 1 tsp of the stuffing in the centre.
  2. Bring the edges in the centre and with the help of a little milk, twist to seal like a money bag.
  3. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and stuffing to make 19 more wontons. Cover and keep aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a kadhai and deep-fry a few at a time on a medium flame till they turn golden brown in colour. Keep aside.
  5. When cool, sprinkle the powdered sugar on top of each wonton. Serve immediately with vanilla ice-cream.

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