Introduction: Fig & Dates Barfi (Indian Sweet). Easy to Make.

Picture of Fig & Dates Barfi (Indian Sweet). Easy to Make.

Hello Fellows,
So here I am,  posting my first cooking iBle. It is an indian sweet/desert made using figs & dates and is know as Barfi (primarily because of its shape)

It is a very easy to make and delicious desert. Best part about this desert is that it has no added sugar and it is made using 100% natural ingredients.

Tempting :) ??? Lets get started.  

Preparation Time : 3 Hours

Cooking Time : 20 Mins.

Servings: Around 15 (1 piece per person)

Step 1: Ingredients

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  1. Dried Figs : 200gms (Around 1 1/2 to 2 Cup).
  2. Dates (Seeds removed or seedless): 180gms (Around 1 1/2).
  3. Pistachio : 30-40 
  4. Almonds : 25-30
  5. Cashews: 25-30
  6. Ghee or unsalted butter (Less than 1/2 cup)
  7. Edible silver leaves.
  8. Lots of love (Love is essential to all my cookings :))

Key Kitchen tools and utensils :

  1. A deep frying non stick pan to cook.
  2. A flat square tray (glass or plastic).
  3. Spatula to spread.
  4. Mixer gridner

Lets start with preparation in next step :)

Step 2: Preparation

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Once all the necessary ingredients are set, lets start preparing the figs and dates.
  1. Soak figs in water for about 2-3 hours.
  2. Finely chop almonds, pistachios and cashews.  
  3. When the figs are soaked for 2 hours, chop the dates and soak them in hot water for about 30 minutes.
Once the figs and dates are soaked nicely, do as follows:
  1. Drain water from fig and make a puree in grinder, if required add water (you can use the same water in which figs were soaked).
  2. Drain water from dates, allow them to cool and make puree (add water if required.)

Hold your temptations :), just one more step to go.

Step 3: Cooking and Serving

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WARNING: If you stop stirring the mixture it will start erupting (it might still erupt), it may fall on your skin or face and may cause burn injury. Stir properly and on medium flame, not high flame. Some people try to smell food while cooking, in our case this can be dangerous. Be careful.

Heat ghee in the frying pan (Image 1) and do as follows :
  1. Add figs puree
  2. Add dates puree
  3. Cook for 15 mins on medium flame stirring continuously or till the water is evaporated.(Image 2)
  4. Now add pistachios, almonds and cashews.(Image 3)
  5. Cook again for 15-20 mins on medium flame, as the mixture becomes gooey, notice that it will no longer stick to the frying pan walls. (Image 4)
  6. Grease the tray using ghee or butter.
  7. Transfer the mixture to the tray and spread evenly. (Image 5)
  8. Decorate with silver leaves. (Image 6)
  9. Allow it to cool. Once cooled, refrigerate it for 1 hour.
  10. Cut into squares using sharp knife. (Image 7)
  11. Serve (Image 8)

It was easy ..right :))
This Barfi can also be kept in refrigerator for 2-3 weeks for you to enjoy more and more.

If you have enjoyed this iBle, please vote for me in the Contest Purple. The vote button and this iBle in contest usually appears within 24 hours of publishing time, if you come back to vote, I would really appreciate it.

Thanks for stopping by. Please do share your feedback in the comments below.



Donfay11 (author)2013-04-05

Tarim, I can't get the voting link to work. I love barfi (well, any Indian sweet, really), so I'll be trying this one soon. I hope you post more! I gave a particular weakness for gajar halwa. Hint, hint!

gtoal (author)Donfay112015-07-24

Tarun & Donfay - would you try this sweet I invented... - I think it tastes quite similar to Indian sweets but I'm from Scotland so what do I know? :-) I'd value your opinions...

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)Donfay112013-04-05

Try this one, its really delicious especially if you love figs. The voting button or my entry should be visible in 24 hours if its valid entry in contest. I will try to post Gajar Halwa recipe, need my mom's help for that :)
Thanks for stopping by :)

Donfay11 (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2013-04-13

I've voted, Tarun. I've tried the recipe, too. Yum!!!! I love figs and dates - this was Heavenly!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)Donfay112013-04-13

Thank you sooo much. I am so happy to know that you tried it and loved it so much. Awesome.

HollyMann (author)2013-06-03

Congratulations! I hadn't seen this till now!!!! You're awesome! Can't wait to see what you make next!

Thank you so much Holly :). I am sorry I missed your comment :(, lately I am getting many updates from here.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2013-05-07

Thank you my dear viewers, subscribers & voters. I won the Contest Purple. I must admit there were many awesome entries and It means a lot to be chosen as one of the 10 winners.

Congrats! I knew it, told you before :)

Thank you Miss. Fortune teller :-) :D.

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2013-05-03

Congrats! your not just a finalist but a winner for sure! Best of luck :)

Oh...Thats so nice of you to say this Muhaiminah. Thank you so much. And I do wish that you win the contest. too.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2013-04-16

I am sorry I could not understand if you are asking a question or trying to tell me something.

Thanks for stopping by.

bvsmanya (author)2013-04-16

nice recipe

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)bvsmanya2013-04-16

Thanks :). Try it.

shail_mehra (author)2013-04-12

Is this sweet dish for a diabetic patient too..

Though it does not have added sugar but It certainly has sugar from figs and dates so I am not sure if it can be good for diabetics but for occasional eatings I hope it is ok.

anubhav.dubey (author)2013-04-11

Now you entered into Sanjeev Kapoor's Role............Nice one...!!!!

Ha ha. I am just an Amature cook. Thanks.

Nik727 (author)2013-04-06

Is this a recipe children could cook or is it too dangerous? Is there any way you could speed the preparation time?

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)Nik7272013-04-06

The only part that you need to be careful of is puree eruption while you are stirring it, but I think children can cook under adult supervision. You can soak figs in hot water to speed up or you can microwave them as well.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for stopping by.

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2013-04-06

Yumm... I'll try to make some (or may be ask mom!) , great work Tarun!

You should try :), it is actually very tasty :). Thanks

I'm sure it is. I adore barfis! my grandmom is really good at making different kind of barfis, I'll ask her for help to make these, can't wait to have some :D

Shubh V (author)2013-04-05

Seems tempting n delicious!!! So u r an expert chef too:-):-)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)Shubh V2013-04-05

Thanks :). No chef or expert ...ha ha, just an amature cook :)

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-04-05

Sounds tasty! What's the white stuff on top, powdered sugar?

Yes, It's very delicious. While cooking if your referring to, it's chopped cashews (too much chopped I guess.. :))

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