Dates Halwa (Klecha)

Pairing fried eggplant with yogurt and garlic is one of the favorite ways of serving eggplant in Iraq. It is a simple and beautiful dish, great for hot summer days.

8 oz  Pitted dates finely chopped
2 oz Chopped walnuts
2 oz Chopped almonds
1/4 tsp Ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp Ground allspice
- Icing sugar for dusting
Mix the dates, nuts and spices in a bowl, using your hands to work the ingredients together. Dust a work surface with icing sugar, and roll out the halwa to about 3/4 inch thickness. Cut into squares and sprinkle with icing sugar.

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