Grease and line an 8" tin. Place dates and soda in a bowl, pour in the water. Set aside for 30 minutes.
Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
Gradually beat in the eggs. Fold in flour, baking powder, essence and date mixture.
Pour into a tin. Bake at 180 degree C for 1 hour.
For the topping:
Melt the butter in a pan. Add the jaggery and the cream. Simmer for 2 minutes.
Add walnuts. Decant the pudding, pour on the sauce and serve warm.
Key Ingredients: egg, dates, baking soda, butter, jaggery, baking powder, all purpose flour, vanilla essence, cream, walnuts