Khajur Barfi
Desserts North Indian

Khajur Barfi

Khajur Barfi or Khajoor/Khajur Roll or Dates and Nuts Barfi or Khajur Pak is a very healthy Winter Special Recipe made from Khajur (dates) & Dry Fruits. It is a Indian style fudge soft in texture and chewy in nature and is basically a healthy and tasty barfi loaded with nuts, dry fruits, poppy seeds, and coconut.

This Khajur barfi is very popular in the North Indian states of India and is usually made in the winter months. The warmth from all the dry fruits and nuts makes the body warm and healthy.

Dates n nuts barfi/roll can be made for any festive occasions like Diwali Holi, Raksha Bandhan, Eid or any time during the year. A mouthful of this scrumptious Khajur barfi or roll is such a delight and you will instantly fall in love with it. Not to forget it’s various health benefits.

Its is a no sugar no jaggery sweet and all the sugar come from Khajoor and is loaded with nuts. A sugar-free mithai is a great option for diabetes and for those who are calorie conscious but have sweet tooth. Khajur dry fruit barfi fits in both options very well.

How to make Khajur Barfi?

This is one of the easiest barfi ever. You don’t need to spend too much time in the kitchen. I have used moist and seedless dates which are perfect for this barfi/pak recipe. Avoid using the dry dates as it might be difficult to mix it.

Take soft dates and make a coarse paste in the food processor/grinder. Quickly dry roast nuts, coconut and poppy seeds one by one to make them fragrant. Slightly soften the dates by cooking it for 3-4 minutes in ghee.

Add the roasted dry fruits along with coconut and cardamom powder to the dates paste. No need to add any sugar or jaggery as the dates are already sweet. Then just mix all ingredients together forming a cylindrical shape or a log, set them for an hour and finally cut them in ½” thick pieces. And the quick, easy,  healthy sweet is ready to be munch on as a energy bar or as a dessert after the meal.

Health Benefits of Khajur/Dates Barfi

Dates have good benefits like it is high in fiber & has many anti-oxidants plus promotes your brain health as well. Dates are free from cholesterol and contain very low fat. Dates are rich in protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.

They make a power-packed workout snack and perfect for those having sweet tooth and don’t want to indulge in refined sugar-based desserts. My husband like this recipe and he takes it as energy bar especially after his work out or after office hours. Because of the combination of dry fruits, it gives you required energy and protein to satisfy your hunger.

Khajur/Dates burfi is also great for expecting or nursing mothers as well. Traditionally Gond ke laddu or Dry fruits laddu is prepared for nursing mothers which helps in milk supply plus provides required energy and stamina to a new mother.

For variations you could also add Melon seeds, raisins, pumpkin seeds, pecans, edible gum, figs and dried apricots. So here goes the recipe for Sugar free Khajur Barfi (Dates & Nuts Roll).

You can check some more festival recipes like Mawa Gujiya, Besan Ladoo,Kalakand, Coconut Burfi, Instant Modak, Sabudana Kheer, Kaju Pista Roll, Rice Kheer, Kaju Namak Pare, Mini Dry Samosa etc.

Do try other dessert recipes:

Preparation Time: 15 mins(+Resting Time)  ∏  Cooking Time: 10 mins  ∏  Servings: 12-14 pieces 

Level: Intermediate(Medium)  ∏  Measurement: 1 Cup ≡ 250 ml ≡ 250gm

Ingredients Checklist:

How to make Khajur Barfi

Step1: Roughly chop the dates and discard their seeds (if any). I am using Medjool dates, they are soft and having caramel sort of taste which makes this burfi tastier.

Step2: Chop all the dry fruits into small pieces. Keep aside. Reserve some pistachios for decoration.

Step3: In a blender add pitted, chopped dates in batches and blend without adding water. Grind them using pulse mode for 5 to 10 seconds and blend to prevent from blade getting stuck. Try not to add water otherwise, the mixture will become a fine paste. If required using a spoon mix everything well and grind again. We need a coarse mixture for this recipe.

Step4: On a low-medium flame dry roast poppy seeds for about 2 minutes. Do not brown them. Keep aside.

Step5: In the same pan add around 1 tablespoon ghee and add chopped dry fruits and stir continuously for 2-3 minutes. This will give a crunch to dry fruits.

 

Step6: Once the dry fruits turn golden and crunchy transfer them to plate and set aside.

 

Step7: Keep the flame to low-medium. In the same pan add 1 tablespoon ghee and add the grounded/crushed dates.

Step8: Using spatula saute the mixture for 3-4 minutes so that the excess moisture is removed to increase the shelf life. Keep stirring to avoid sticking it to the bottom of the pan.

Step9: Now add the roasted nuts, 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder, 1/4 cup desiccated coconut, roasted poppy seeds. (Reserve some poppy seeds for garnish.)

 

Step10: Mix well and saute for another 2-3 minutes until dry fruits and dates are well combined. Do not overcook. Do it precisely for 2 to 3 minutes.

Step11: After 2-3 minutes switch off the flame and let the mixture cool down. Transfer the content to a greased wide plate, tray or counter top , let it cool down for a bit.

 

Step12: When the mixture is cool enough to touch make a cylindrical shape by pressing with both hands. Sprinkle the reserved poppy seeds (khus khus) and pista on the counter/plate and roll the dough over it.

Step13:  Garnishing will sticks to the roll make sure that it covers the whole cylinder shape of the mixture.

 

Step14: Now carefully transfer the rolled dates dough on cling film or aluminium foil and wrap up tightly.

 

Step15: Secure the open ends and keep it in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours, this will help it set.

Step16: After around 2 hours when the rolled burfi is set, take them out of the fridge. Cut them into 1/2″ thick pieces. Then remove the aluminium foil.

 

Step17:  Finally, serve Khajur Barfi or store in an airtight container for a month in the refrigerator.

Khajur Barfi

Tips:

  • Add dry fruits of your choice, and adjust proportion accordingly. For variations you could also add Melon seeds, raisins, pumpkin seeds, pecans, edible gum, figs and dried apricots. So here goes the recipe for Sugar free Khajur Barfi (Dates & Nuts Roll).
  • Roughly chop the dry fruits, do not make powder into the grinder as you won’t enjoy the crunchy bites. Also roast dry fruits on low flame for more crunchy bites.
  • Khajur burfi recipe can also be rolled in desiccated coconut.
  • Ghee is not needed, if you want you can add or just skip it.

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