June 17, 2014

Sugarfree Dates and Anjeer Halwa | Dates and Fig Pudding | Iron rich recipes

I prefer Sugarfree sweets (especially those mildly sweet like a Rasmalai), and so does my family. Although we dont have a sweet tooth, we prefer those which are easy to make without too much refined sugar. And this recipe from the versatile and my favourite cookbook author, Tarla Dalal helped me do just that  - Anjeer and Dates Halwa without a pinch of added sugar. I made my personal modifications and the family loved it.

What's more ? Its so rich in Iron and Haemoglobin, even my toddler liked it when I made little roundels and fed her.  This week I am hosting Valli's Kid Delight with the Iron Rich Recipes theme, and this recipe fit the bill perfectly. Stay tuned on more Iron Rich recipes that are kid friendly coming your way this week ! Linking it to BM # 41 Iron Rich Recipes as well as my event. If you have an Iron Rich recipe (archived or new), do feel free to link it up here

Recipe Source : Tarla Dalal

Prep time : 10 mins | Cook time : 20 mins | Serving : 4 , keeps for 1 week under refrigeration.

  • Anjeer (dried figs) - 100 gms 
  • Dates (pitted) - 100 gms 
  • blanched and powdered almonds (reserve a few for garnish) - 50 gms
  • Black raisins - 25 gms (about 2 tsp)
  • unsweetened milk powder - 1/3 cup 
  • Elaichi powder (cardamom powder) - 1/2 tsp 
  • Ghee (Clarified butter)- 2 TBSP 
In a large pan, add 2 cups of water. Bring to a rolling boil. Cook the figs, dates and raisins for 4-5 mins. Drain and puree them.
Heat ghee in a non stick pan, add the ghee and saute the powdered almonds for 2-3 mins
Add the puree, milk powder and on a very low flame stir till the ghee leaves the sides.
Add the elaichi powder and mix well. 
Cool to room temperature and garnish with the reserved almond slivers.


  1. Halwa looks so inviting Kalyani, can't believe this doesn't have a bit of sugar in it..should surely make..

  2. Nice recipe! The dates and figs provide all the sugar needed!

  3. send me home this looks so inviting...i can do with some extra iron to boost my energy levels

  4. Such an incredible and super energtic halwa, i can have few slices rite now..

  5. I make a mithai with this combo and nuts..and no sugar..but a halwa is a good variation and looks great.

  6. Such an awesome looking halwa. So very healthy too.

  7. This is surely an Iron booster! Love it!


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