Take the dates in a large bowl. Make sure to pit them well.
Add the boiling water - enough to cover the dates. You can use room temperature water. In that case you might need to soak them longer until they get soft.
Let it sit for an hour or until soft. I usually let it soak overnight.
Drain the water to another bowl. Do not discard the water. We will use the water to blend the dates.
If you are planning to add other seasoning, this is the place to do it. Blend until you get a thick puree/paste. Adjust consistency as per your taste.No hard or fast rules here. All done!