Ranginak is a Southern Iranian desert, originally from Shiraz. It is easy to make and the results are pretty, delicious, and healthy–a quick and nutritious dessert which goes really well with a cup of nice, dark, hot tea. A recipe I found here follows my personal recipe almost to a T! Here it is:
- Wheat flour: 500 grams
- Pitted dates: 500 grams
- Fine sugar: 125 grams
- Walnuts: 125 grams
- Cinnamon: one spoon
- Cardamom: 1/2 spoon
- Cooking oil: 300 grams
- Ground pistachio: one table spoon (if you have a hard time finding pistachios for fresh grinding, you can substitute with ground walnuts. I have also seen it decorated with shredded coconuts.)
- Heat oil in a pan until hot.
- Pour in wheat flour and turn down the heat. Stir frequently until flour turns golden.
Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- Add fine sugar, cinnamon and cardamom to flour and mix well.
- Pour half of the flour-mix in a flat dish and flatten the surface with the back of a spoon.
- Insert a piece of walnut inside each date and place the dates on the flour-mix.
- Cover the dates with the rest of the flour-mix and again flatten the surface with the back of a spoon.
- Sprinkle ground pistachios on top.
- Cut into diamond-shaped pieces and serve.