Khubani Halwa (Patami Kesari, Apricot Dessert)

I had occasion to visit an organic fair organised by the Ministry of Women & Child Welfare, on November 3, 2018. A very well organised fair with over a 100 stalls. I was delighted find several products that I would not normally find in any local market. Some examples are a sweet version of bitter lemon, organic butter paper, etc. I also found a lot of dried fruits at the market, including figs, walnuts, apricots, almonds, cashew nuts, to name a few. I, of course, went to town shopping for these. I then began to wonder what I will do with such a large quantity of dried apricots, given that I can only consume a little in raw form. It was then that I hit upon this wonderful recipe.

1 cup dried apricots
1/4 tsp cardamom powder (elaichi powder, elakkai podi)
A pinch of saffron (kesar, kunguma poo) strands
2 tbsp chopped, mixed nuts to garnish
Soak the apricots in water for 1 hour
Strain the apricots, de-seed and grind in a blender with 2 tbsp of water
Make a smooth paste and set aside
Heat a heavy bottomed vessel and add the apricot puree, cardamom powder and saffron strands
Mix well and cook on medium flame for 5 minutes
Stir continuously
Remove from flame and garnish with mixed nuts
Serve warm

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