Interesting Recipes & Ideas to use your stock of Diwali Dry fruits
1. Dry fruit laddoos
These are a staple winter recipe in many Indian homes. A healthy snack and a tasty after meal sweet, these laddoos are full of nature’s goodness.
(makes 10-12 laddoos)
- 1 small bowl or 8-10 deseeded dates
- 4-5 chopped dry figs
- 3 tablespoons almonds
- 2 tablespoons pistachios
- 2 tablespoons cashews
- Half bowl raisins
- 1 tablespoon Desiccated coconut (optional)
- Roast the almonds, pistachios and cashews on a low to medium flame for 2-3 mins. Keep stirring at intervals to avoid burning.
- You can choose to either chop them once they cool down. Or coarsely grind them in a mixer. You can also adjust the quantities of dry fruits according to your preference.
- Next, chop the dates, raisins and figs in a grinder and then mix well with the chopped/ground dry fruits & coconut in a bowl.
- Now make the laddoos as small balls with your hands greased with ghee. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
2. Masala for Milk
- 1/3 cup Cashews
- ½ cup Almonds
- 1/3 cup Pistachios
- ¼ cup Melon seeds
- 8-10 Cardamoms (peeled to use only seeds)
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder
- ¼ teaspoon saffron
- 1 tablespoon dry rose petals (optional)
- Dry roast all the dry fruits and melon seeds on low-medium flame, stirring regularly to roast evenly for 3-4 mins. Do not burn.
- Spread them on a paper or a large plate to cool.
- Once cool, put the dry fruits with all other ingredients in a grinder. Grind to a coarse mixture.
- Do not over grind to a fine mixture or dry fruits will release oil.
- Fill in an airtight bottle or container and store in refrigerator.
- You can add two teaspoons of this masala to a glass of warm milk with sugar (optional) and enjoy every day.
3. Almond Barfi
- 1 Cup Almonds
- 1 Cup Milk
- 2/3 Cup Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Ghee
- 2 pieces of Silver leaf (optional)
- ½ cup water for syrup
- Soak the almonds overnight in water. Peel them in the morning and discard the peels. Allow to dry.
- Roast for 2 mins on low-medium flame to remove moisture content.
- Grind the almonds to a coarse powder. Overgrinding will cause oil release.
- In a pan, make a syrup by dissolving sugar in the ½ cup water. Keep stirring till it gets 1 string consistency.
- Now add the almond powder to it and stir continuously till combined and mixture leaves the sides of the pan.
- Add ghee. Mix well and turn off the flame.
- Grease a plate with ghee and spread the mixture evenly with ½ inch thickness, garnish with some chopped almonds or silver leaf.
- Allow to cool completely. Cut into square shapes and serve.
Apart from above recipes, you can go the baking way and make a nice dry fruit cake or fig & date pie. Dry fruit kheer and cashew-paste based chicken curry are some options for cooking a traditional feast. These days all Indian grocery is available online and delivered across Europe. So, wear your chef’s hat and share your cooking experiences with us in the comments below.