When I got married, I didn't know cooking much. So obviously I didn't have any idea about cooking on the festivals and different occasions. I was very lucky to have my mother-in-law who used to cook a lot and have a great knowledge on everything. She makes different kinds of food and sweets on different occasions. She is a great inspiration to me. We always did puja with her on every diwali.
This was the first time when we did puja separately in our house. So, I didn't have any plan or idea what to do. My mother-in-law guided me for what things I need and how to do puja. When I thought about sweets, I remember she made sweets at home only. So, I thought I should give a try this time.
I searched on the internet and I got the recipe for Dry Fruits Barfi. But, my plan was to make sweets with things available at home. I didn't have time to go out and buy something. So, I changed the ingredients and made the sweets.
1 cup dry pitted dates
1/4 cup dry figs
1 cup almonds
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup raisins
Ghee as required
- Chop the dates and figs in very small pieces. Also chop the almonds and walnuts finely.
- Grease one tray and put it aside.
- In kadai (wide pan), put 2 tbsp ghee and put all the dry fruits.
- Mix them thoroughly. Put some more ghee if needed.
- Dates and figs will melt and become sticky. Stir continuously and cook it till all the ingredients bind together.
- Transfer the mixture to the greased tray and flatten with knife or spoon making it smooth.
- Let it cool for 1/2 an hour and then cut into square shapes. Store them in tight container.
I liked this recipe as it is healthy and full of fibers & antioxidants and also is nutrients rich. It is naturally sweet so there is no need to add sugar. My husband liked it very much. He said I'll finish this before anyone eats. For me, it was a good experience. I love it. :)