Let’s Learn: All About Kurma

There are many different types of dates with over 1,500 varieties! They are separated into 3 categories; dry dates, semi-dry dates, and soft dates[1].

Soft dates are moist, chewy, and fleshy. Examples of it are Medjool and Bahri.

Medjool dates

Image: Medjool


Semi-dry dates are a little firm and fibrous. 

Safawi dates

Image: Safawi


Dry dates have a long shelf life and can retain its shape. Example of this is Ajwa which you can buy here.

Ajwa dates

Image: Ajwa


Dates are sometimes considered nature’s candy because of its sweet flavour too. It carries many benefits[2] such as 

  • being high in antioxidants

  • giving the body an energy boost

  • helping control blood sugar

  • providing essential nutrients and minerals


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More recipes with the dates for quick and delicious snacks.

Kurma Shake[3]


  • 1 frozen banana

  • 4 dates (pitted - remove the pit)

  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter or any peanut butter of your choice

  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon

  • 550ml of almond milk or any milk of your choice


Add all the ingredients into the blender and blend until it is nice and creamy. Pour into your preferred cup and you are good to go!


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Kurma with Nuts[4] 


  • Dates (pitted - remove the pit)

  • Almond butter or any peanut butter of your choice 

  • Melted chocolate

  • Chopped peanuts


  • Fill the pitted dates with almond butter. Sprinkle some chopped peanuts.

  • Close and dip the dates till it is all immersed in the melted chocolate.

  • Sprinkle some chopped peanuts on top. 

  • Chill them until the chocolate sets.


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[1] 30 types of dates

[2] Top 5 health benefits of dates

[3] Kurma Shake video recipe

[4] Kurma with nuts video recipe 

[5] Medjool dates image

[6] Featured image: Dates and milk