Anjeer Badam Burfi- This is a very healthy, tasty and easy to make sweet dish. It is packed with the goodness of dried figs, almonds and other nuts.
My mother in law (Geeta Shah) often makes this dish. She makes mava/khoya at home by boiling milk and then adds the soaked and ground dried fig and nuts paste to it. She then sets it in a greased thali and cuts it in squares. The process of making it becomes little lengthy as the khoya is made at home, but as they say “mehnat ka fal mitha hota hain”. The outcome is very awesome. It is good for all age groups. You can even give it as a baby food to the infants. Nuts can be roasted and chopped and added if you want the barfi to be crunchy, however, some kids or the older people cannot chew the nuts due to the teething problem or some simply do not want the whole nuts. They can enjoy the barfi by adding the ground nuts while making barfi.
The amount and types of nuts can be used as per your choice. You can use almonds/walnuts/cashew nuts/pistachios entirely or in combination. You can also use raisins, dates or desiccated coconut. The use of sugar is optional. You can make it sugar-free.
I had a pack of dried figs and milk powder also in my pantry. Since I was short of time, I thought of using it along with the dry nuts available in my home.
Milk powder is a good binding agent and is a good replacement for khoya. I cooked the anjeer paste and when the moisture in it dries out, I added the powdered nuts and milk powder to it. The milk powder and the dried nuts powder gave it a good binding. Then I put it in the greased pan and spread it evenly. I sprinkled some sliced almonds and pistachio on it. I let it set for 30 minutes and then cut into pieces. The pieces came out very easily and were firm to hold.
Anjeer has a lot of nutritional benefits – It improves digestion, is good for reducing weight, helps to maintain hypertension, is rich in antioxidants, prevents cancer, prevents heart diseases, helps to strengthen bones, is rich in iron and helps to cure anemia, helps to strengthen the uterine muscles and good for pregnant ladies !
Consume 1-2 pieces of this barfi as a healthy snack every day. I give it to my son as an after-school snack or in the morning before going to school. Whenever you crave to eat something sweet, have it guilt free as it has very less sugar and ghee in it. This will satisfy your sweet craving and will benefit your health !!