Rangina.

No, its not some girls weird name. Its just a superbly delicious dessert widely eaten here in the UAE.

It consists of Cooked flour, dates, pistachio, and walnuts. It could be somewhat healthy, if the flour wasnt drowned in butter that is. But it is indeed something special, and very traditional.

It doesnt usually look this tidy, as this is a modern version of it. The classic version is usually made in a pot, and then is put into a big bowl and thats it. Here, it has been put into a bowl then cut into squares.

Now to the ingredients,

-3 cups whole wheat flour

-150grams butter, melted

-1 1/4 cups normal sugar

-1/2 tablespoon cardamon

-2 cups pitted dates

-3/4 cup chopped walnuts

-1/4 cups powdered pistachios

Now,

First of all, place the 3 cups of flour into a pan and heat over meadium high heat, keep doing that until slightly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add the sugar, cardamon, and butter and mix. If it is extremely crumbly, add some more butter until it reaches a slightly held together batter that is still slightly crumbly.  We dont want to become like a dough.

Line a pan with baking paper and press the mixture into the bottom. put the dates into the microwave for about 30 seconds in order to soften them so they are easier to handle. When cooled, press the date above the mixture and then sprinkle with the walnuts and pistachio. Press the walnuts and pistachios slightly into the dates in order to keep them attached to them.

Place the pan into the fridge for about 2-3 hours (Or overnight if possible) Then cut into squares. 

These are simply wonderful when served with yoghurt (Roab in Arabic) and some Arabic coffee.