Khajur Barfi is an absolute fuss-free, no-nonsense, one of the simplest recipes that don’t involve too many ingredients or too confusing a cooking technique. It is one of my favourites, essentially cause it’s sugar-free and is so fudgy, caramelly and gooey to taste. It tastes pretty much like a dhodha, one of my other favourites. Believe me when I say you just can’t have enough of these. I recently made a batch of khajur barfi to test the recipe, ended up making about 500 grams and it was all devoured greedily with the family asking for more. It must have been delicious cause my brother who avoids sugar like it’s the plague, couldn’t resist indulging in more than the customary taste and gobbled down one too many slices.
A Date a day keeps the doctor at bay
Like I said, Khajur barfi is the best kind of sweet fudgy, rustic, caramelly, gooey with wholesome goodness because it is not only sugar-free but also because it is also unadorned and unadulterated. Why I m saying unadulterated? because most kinds of Indian sweets that are on sale in the shops have refined sugar added to them. As dates have enough sweetness naturally, you don’t need to add any sugar (refined or organic) to the dish. In addition to natural sweetness, dates also have added to the daily balanced and healthy diet. Dates are rich in vitamins, minerals like calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, and magnesium that aid in keeping stomach disorders, heart problems, sexual dysfunction and many other conditions. I guess you can say that a date a day keeps the doctor at bay.
Inheriting Family traits
I still remember how throughout the entire winter season, my nan used to have two pieces of dates every night with hot milk religiously. It’s a habit that has been passed down to my generation as well, with my mom and now me too following into my nan’s footsteps by enjoying a hot glass of milk with dates before going to bed during the winter season. It’s strange, almost scary, how some traits are passed down from generation to generation.
Khajur Barfi – a fairly simple recipe
Now, let’s talk about the recipe. Of course, it’s a fairly simple recipe. I have used seedless dates, as I sometimes prefer to use products that make the cooking process quicker. Like in this case, using seedless dates instead of deseeding the dates. Why not, right? if they make life a little less cumbersome. Mixing the Khajur (dates) with khoya (Milk solids), ghee, cardamom powder, condensed milk and milk powder over low heat, does the trick. I have used condensed milk, to get that extra gooeyness. Be a miser when adding condensed milk, as both dates and condensed milk are sweet and we don’t want to make the dish super sweet so much so that it starts tasting bitter. All you have to do now is set the dough in a 1-inch deep tray, smoothen it, garnish it with dry fruits for that crunchiness, and set it in the fridge for like an hour or so, cut into pieces and serve.
This khajur barfi will surely be an instant hit with everyone in the family. If you do make it, please do share it with me on Instagram by tagging me @the_cinnamon_life using the #the_cinnamon_life. Also, don’t forget to leave your feedback/rating in the comments below.
Recipe of Khajur Barfi
Khajur Barfi recipe is an absolute fuss-free, no-nonsense, one of the simplest recipes that don’t involve too many ingredients or too confusing a cooking technique. This khajur barfi recipe will surely be an instant hit with everyone in the family because it’s sugar-free and is so fudgy, caramelly and gooey to taste.
- 500 grams Khajur (Dates), seedless
- 200 grams Khoya
- 100 ml Condensed Milk
- 6-8 pieces Green Cardamom, crushed and powdered
- 6 tbsp Pure Ghee
- 100 grams Milk Powder
- 20 pieces Cashew, crushed coarsely
- 20 pieces Almonds, crushed coarsely
- 1 cup Full Cream Milk
Chop seedless Khajur (Dates) and put them in a bowl with the milk. Rest for 15 minutes.
Take a pan, add ghee to it. Add khajur and khoya in it. On a low heat, start mixing it. After 15-20 minutes of roasting it till ghee leaves the dough.
Now, add green cardamom powder, milk powder, and condensed milk (add the condensed milk in small portions as we don't want to oversweet the dish, adjust the quantity as per the sweetness required). Mix well on a low heat. Switch off the flame.
Take a tray with 1-2 inch depth and grease it with ghee. Place the khajur (dates) dough and even out the surface and edges with a spatula.
Garnish the khajur (dates) dough with the crushed dry fruits. Press lightly with a spatula so the dry fruits stick to the dough.
Keep it in the fridge for 1 hour.
Remove from fridge, after it sets, cut the dough into equal size squares or diamond shapes, and keep it back in the fridge for 1 more hour.
Carve out the pieces and serve.