Diwali is around the corner and the celebration is incomplete without barfi’s. So, this year I decided to add a little twist to the traditional dessert. Instead of sugar, add a bit of honey and for that additional festive touch a mixture of dry fruits. This dessert is a great favourite with my sons as it’s full of their favourite nuts and medjool dates. You can prepare this sweet in five simple steps!
• 500 grams of mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts and peanuts)
• 125 grams of melted butter
• 1 cup ground almonds
• 1 cup sesame seeds
• 15 fresh medjool dates
• 2-3 tbls honey
1. Cut all the nuts into small pieces and transfer the mixture into a microwave bowl and roast them for 2 -3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.
2. Remove the stones from the dates and chop the dates into small pieces. Put these in a food processor and blend them into smaller chunks. Transfer the prepared dates to a microwave bowl, add 2 tablespoons of butter, mix and cook in the microwave for 2 minutes, stirring and checking at every 30 seconds.
3. Now add the nuts to the prepared dates and mix well. Add in the almond powder and sesame seeds too. Add a spoonful of butter and honey and cook the barfi mixture in the microwave for 1 minute. Mix well and spread the mixture to cool in a square greased tray. Cut the barfi into rectangle slices to make it look like a health bar. I found that it was easier to cut the barfi at this stage whilst it was still soft. You can also use a mould to shape your barfi’s to look like traditional Indian mithai.4. Keep the tray in the fridge for at least an hour.
5. Once cool, the barfis become slightly firm are ready to eat. Any left over barfis should be kept in an airtight container in a cool place.
Mina’s quick tip: If you are looking to make this recipe for Diwali, you could make this in a jiffy, just like me by getting all the ingredients at Asda. And if you are looking to make your barfi extra special why not add white and brown chocolate chips to this recipe?
So what sweets are you making this Diwali?