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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. Varada's Kitchen

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

  3. The Pumpkin Farm

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

  4. Priya Suresh

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

  5. vaishali sabnani

    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. Chef Mireille

    what a healthy dessert

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

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