Culinary Art Corner

By Amna Shakeel 


Hais is a sweet dish from past times which is served as a dessert or an appetizer. Hazrat Anas bin Malik RA narrates that this dish was prepared and served on the wedding banquet of Hazrat Safiyya RA, the mother of believers. (Sahih al-Bukhari 5425)

It serves as a good energy food while travelling, as it can stay for a long period without going bad and is full on the stomach. Hais is also a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth!


– 1 cup of dates (either fresh or preserved)

– 4 tablespoons of butter

– 2 cups crushed biscuits

– 1/3 cup ground almonds

– 1/3 cup ground pistachios

– Sugar and honey as needed

– Coconut powder for garnishing


  • Melt the butter in a pan on medium heat.
  • De-seed and mince the dates, and add them to the pan.
  • Heat the dates until soft but don’t cook them.
  • Mash the dates into thick paste when they are hot, or else grind them in a food processor.
  • Add nuts and biscuits to the paste of dates and knead by hand or in a food processor until well mixed.
  • Make it into balls or be creative and make different shapes as you like!
  • Garnish the balls or shapes with sugar or coconut as you desire, dipping them in honey so that the garnish sticks.


You can add water or milk to this versatile dish while cooking—this is called “rabika”. You can also add flour to create cookies, which can then be baked.