Every now and then I have to remind myself to remember that goals are important and these milestones along ones journey remind you how far you have come & goads you on to your destination with a gentle nudge to continue to tarry along despite the occasional monotony or the occasional tiredness that sets in with the routine. Some might argue that a destination is merely notional and the real deal is in the journey and I agree but I find great solace and a sense of achievement when I see these milestone markers and they remind me and how much added value there is to the journey when you decide to stick to it!!
Last year, it was my goal to get back to the world of blogging, learn to handle my camera confidently and most importantly one that often causes drama amongst us ladies — was working on my weight loss plan. Honestly, I feel so proud of my journey so far and having said that I had also promised myself to post some new content every week in my blog.
I know I have been playing hide and seek for a while now and there are dozens of excuses to substantiate it. But nothing tops the truth that it is simple procrastination. Not wanting to make any lame excuse and eating the frog first thing in the morning, I have a delicious recipe to share with all of you.
Last week, we celebrated Ganesh puja at our home. It is usually a grand fare at my in- laws home with three consecutive days of celebrations. Our living space is cleared out and beautifully decorated with lights, flowers and the inimitable elephant head idol beloved of all. The kitchen is in full swing too with varieties of delicacies both sweet and savoury. I really miss those occasions. They fondly remind me of how important food is and it is so much more than what merely fills the belly. It is truly soul food.
Well I try to incorporate a few of those special recipes here in Australia so that my kids understand their roots and find their ways back to their origins of the cultural heritage they belong too.
I made this barfi for this special occasion and it was absolutely delicious. With no added sugar and loaded with nuts and mildly flavoured with rose water, I can’t stop myself from snacking on it.
- 1 cup dried figs / Anjeer chopped finely
- 3 /4 cup pitted dates chopped finely
- 2 tbsp rasins
- 1 cup Almonds roasted and chopped
- 1 cup cashews roasted and chopped
- ½ cup shelled pistachios chopped
- 2 to 3 cardamom pods
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tbsp ghee/ butter
- 1 tsp Rose water
- rose petals and
- pistachios to garnish
- Grease and line a rectangular tray and keep it aside. Heat ghee in a pan. Add chopped figs, cook for 5 to 7 minutes in a medium fire. Add 3 tbsp of water and keep stirring it until it is mushy, now add chopped dates and raisins, cook for few minutes till they are really soft and you don't notice any chunky bits. Now add roasted nuts, spices and rose water. Mix them well and remove them from fire.
- Spread the mixture into the tray and sprinkle the petals and finely chopped pistachios.
- Cling wrap them and Refrigerate it for at least 2 hours before slicing them.