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Date Barfi

June 25, 2008
date roll with nuts
 Date rolls or Barfi with out sugar!!
I can already hear some of you saying,
“ Hey don’t spin me round the mulberry bush”

I can tell you that I certainly had my head spinning while going through the ingredients list for the classical Indian style Barfi. The amount of sugar and ghee that go into making this item is just outrageous. If you love Barfi and are also health conscious, I would insist that you avoid looking at the original recipe. Not that it would stop you from eating that, but then why have the additional guilt. J

I decided to try out and see if I could create a low calorie version .

So I tried this Barfi’s which do not require any sugar and include just a tablespoon of ghee.

While I thought that the low calorie version would taste good, I was quite confident that it wouldn’t be anywhere close to the taste of a traditional rich khoya Barfi. This did not prevent me for taking an attempt whatsoever.

Dates and nuts are always part of my pantry. So this was a quick sweet delight, and with in no time I could shape up the delectable rolls. Luckily, I had some packets of Varak (silver foil) that added the twinkle and luster to these nutty rolls.

By the way, Dates are rich in fibres, and here is an interesting article about some other benefits of dates. Dates are also loaded with natural sugars and they make a scrumptious dessert on their own.

Trying out new dishes and cooking in odd hours is something that I really enjoy. I vividly remember when I completed my high school and we had long summer holidays. I used to sneak myself into the kitchen when my mom used take an afternoon nap. I loved to experiment with new recipes that were shown on cookery shows and would hardly ever miss any of those girly shows that had a segment devoted to cooking. I was so touched when she brought a new oven for me to bake and enjoy my summer holidays.

Anyway, back to my recipe.

date roll with nuts
The original recipe is adapted from Savvy cookbook Nov-2007
Dating with Dates – Date rolls or Barfi
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Shibani of Pearlsofeast
  • 500 gms Dates pitted and chopped
  • 200 gms unsalted almonds roughly chopped
  • 200gms unsalted pistachios
  • 1tsp poppy seeds
  • 1tsp sesame seeds
  • 1tbslp ghee/ butter
  • Silver foil or chandi varak (optional)
  1. Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan.
  2. Add poppy seeds and sesame and then add the pitted dates.
  3. Keep stirring on a slow fire until they are mixed. This will take 15 approx.
  4. Cool them slightly and add chopped nuts and roll them into logs.
  5. Wrap the silver foil and keep refrigerated for couple of hours.

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  • Reply Aparna June 25, 2008 at 6:19 am

    This would make a great mithai for Diwali and every other time, too.
    Looks really good.

  • Reply Asha June 25, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Savvy has a cookbook now! I used to love that Mag but it’s so expensive to subscribe now here in US.
    Love the Date nut rolls, dates are naturally sweet, can easily skip sugar. Perfect snacks for kids too!:)

  • Reply sowmya June 25, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    They look absolutely gorgeous..bookmarked!!

  • Reply notyet100 June 25, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    looks so yummy,..

  • Reply easycrafts June 25, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Healthy dessert

  • Reply Sunshinemom June 25, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    I just ate this after lunch today – a friend bought it. Loved it and thanks for the recipe – I got lots of dates to finish. Will make this really soon and let you know – Bookmarked!

  • Reply Sia June 25, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    first let me bookmark this recipe before i forget:) gorgeous pic with wonderful recipe

  • Reply meeso June 25, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    These must have such a nice, natural taste to them without all the sugar… Dates are so tasty on their own, Looks good!

  • Reply Divya June 25, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Very healthy indeed and yummy too 🙂

  • Reply foodwithapinchoflove June 25, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    thts a healthy mithai! even without sugar, it must have tasted delish

  • Reply ranji June 25, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Awesome shibani!!!it looks like u just pulled it out of the book and put it on ur plate :)..its that perfect…
    i will be making ur mango bar today :)..will let u now how it came out tomo ..

  • Reply Rachel June 25, 2008 at 11:47 pm


  • Reply Kalai June 26, 2008 at 2:48 am

    These look so pretty sparkling in foil! I can imagine the rich taste of dates and nuts… Delicious! 🙂

  • Reply delhibelle June 26, 2008 at 7:11 am

    No sugar and ghee..and yet it looks so stunning. I bet it would taste scrumptious too! Wow!

  • Reply Swati Raman Garg June 26, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    wowwwwyyy shibani… it looks straight out of that book…

  • Reply Namratha June 27, 2008 at 12:21 am

    They look perfect, nice pics!

  • Reply srikars kitchen June 27, 2008 at 12:21 am

    looks so yummy,.. and great click..

  • Reply ranji June 27, 2008 at 12:21 am

    shibani i made ur mango bar came out really good…we lovvvvvvvve it..thank u so much for the it ok if i post it in my blog with a link back to ur blog?do let me know….

  • Reply Vaishali June 27, 2008 at 12:21 am

    These look so professional and delicious, yet they are healthy. A winning combination, Pearlsofeast.

  • Reply Jeena June 28, 2008 at 11:09 am

    I love using dates in sugar free recipes. This looks really wonderful and such a treat. 🙂

  • Reply Kevin June 28, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Those date rolls look amazing! I like sweet treats made from nuts and dried fruits.

  • Reply Lore June 29, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Your rolls look just like a chocolate sausage me make around here but the only ressemblance is in the looks…not one common ingredient haha :). They look delicious!

  • Reply Pragyan June 30, 2008 at 12:53 am

    wow..hubby will love this. Dates are his favourite. Tomato khata without dates is a perjury according to him 🙂

    Regarding your question about the rasagolla, not too sure about doing it without the pressure cooker. I guess it can be done but it will take longer. Will let you know if I ever try it.

  • Reply Hetal June 30, 2008 at 12:53 am

    Date barfi looks yum..nice recipe

  • Reply Cham June 30, 2008 at 12:53 am

    Looks so delicous this snack with nuts 🙂

  • Reply bhags June 30, 2008 at 12:53 am

    those rolls are beauties…..loved them and think i am going to make them as soon as I can get dates in my pantry

  • Reply Archy July 7, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Wow, looks so nice perfect as a shop bot one !! Bookmarked !!

  • Reply Anisheetu July 9, 2008 at 11:25 am

    So yummy… first time here and would like to visit again… Also liked the title of ur blog ‘ Any one can cook’ So encouraging… 🙂

  • Reply Anisheetu August 7, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Thanks for visiting my blog n the comments dear… i have taken the dates barfi recipe and m going to try it soon…

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