Diwali is almost upon us (tomorrow for South Indians, the day after for the rest of the country). It is a time for celebration, joy, giving, sharing. It is especially a time for compassion – to Nature and all its creatures. As I have stated several times before, I do not have a sweet tooth. But I really loved this barfi make of figs and other dry fruits. It is quite simple to make, but tastes wonderful. I have already posted some temporary pictures of this delightful dish on FB a couple of days ago. Here is the detailed recipe. Do try it out – you’ll be glad that you did.
3/4 cup dried (figs anjeer)
3/4 cup chopped dates (adjust to suit your taste)
2 tbsp raisins (optional)
3 tbsp water
3/4 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, cashew nuts, almonds. pistachios)
A generous pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg powder
A pinch of cardamom powder
Chop the nuts, figs and dates
Roast the nuts in a vessel till crunchy
In the same vessel, add the chopped figs and 3 tbsp water.
Cook till soft
Add dates, cinnamon (or nutmeg), raisins and cardamom powder
Mix well and cook till the mixture turns thick and mushy
Add nuts and mix well
Now the mixture should be firm. If still soggy, cook for another 2-3 minutes
Transfer to a butter paper and spread with a rolling pin
Let it cool completely
Cut into desired shapes
Consume in a day (or refrigerate and consume within a week)
Serve on Diwali and enjoy!