Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fig & Date Cake / Halwa

Dry fruits & Nuts prove to be a healthy and tasty ingredient for any many of your sweet dishes, baking, etc. I tried an interesting sweet dish suggested by great chefs like Tarladalal & Sanjeev Kapoor using Figs & Dates as the main ingredient. Turned out to be a healthy yet tasty sweet dish & the key being it doesn't require Sugar (unless you want to make it more sweety; even then you probably can try using jaggery rather than sugar)


Figs : 12-15
Dates: 12-15 (seedless)
Almonds: 15
Cashew: 12
Pistachio: 12
Raisins: 5-10 (optional)
Desiccated Coconut: 2-3 tbspn (optional)
Ghee - 1/4 cup 

  1. Soak figs & dates separately in a bowl of hot water for 10-15 mts
  2. Drain and make a puree using very less water (Separately & ensure dates are de-seeded)
  3. Chop almonds, cashews, raisins, and pistachios. You can chop them or coarse grind it in a mixer 
  4. In a pan, add the ghee. To it add the fig and dates puree. Stir well and cook in medium heat till the moisture is gone (10 mts ~)
  5. Then add the chopped ingredients. Continue to stir and cook for another ~ 10 mts. 
  6. Add the desiccated coconut and stir. Cook for another couple of minutes. As the mixture starts leaving the sides of the pan, remove from fire.
  7. In a tray or glass vessel grease some ghee. Remove the mixture from fire and pour it into the tray.
  8. Spread evenly and allow it to cool (about an hour)
  9. Cut it into desired pieces and serve 
Happy since it was approved by my 'Aman', a 7 yr old :)

Alternate Method:

  1. Chop the dates & figs very finely (1 cup). In a pan, add a tbspn of butter / ghee. Then add 1 tbspn of condensed milk
  2. To this, add the chopped ingredients and fry them for 2 mts
  3. In another kadai, I fried the remaining dry fruits & nuts (cut into fine pieces), 2 tspn of desiccated coconut in a spoon of ghee
  4. After 2 mts (Step 2), remove from fire. Add the fried ingredients. Add 1-2 spoon of powdered sugar (if rqd).
  5. Allow it to cool a bit & make it to the desired shape. Easy to make them as ladoos.

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