Monday, 26 November 2012

Figs and Date Burfi (Sugar free and Vegan)

This Diwali, besides Peanut Burfi,   I also made Figs and dates Burfi which does not have added sugar. I wanted to make this burfi at home since long and Diwali gave me a perfect reason to do so. Home made sweets, traditional puja, hand painted diyas, no crackers, simple dinner with family and Apricot Pudding made by my dad as dessert made a perfect Diwali this year.

I searched the net for Figs and Dates burfi and came across a lot of sites and blogs with the recipe. I followed Sanjeev Kapoor’s recipe.

Figs and Date Burfi (Sugar-free)


  • Dried Figs 1 ½ cups
  • Dates 1 ½   cup
  • Mixed Nuts (Almonds, Pistachios, and Cashew nuts) 1 ½ cups
  • Coconut oil  {or, Pure Ghee (clarified butter) for a non vegan version} 3 tablespoons


  1. Wash figs and soak them in hot water for about five minutes.
  2. Discard water and put them in a grinder and puree them. 
  3. Wash dates and remove the seeds. Chop them fine. Soak them in hot water (1/2 cup) for fifteen minutes and puree the dates. 
  4. Chop the nuts. Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan and add pureed figs and dates. Cook for about fifteen minutes. Stir continuously while cooking and cook till the mixtures thickens. Add chopped nuts and cook till the mixtures becomes heavy and leaves the sides of the pan and starts gathering as a ball
  5. Pour in a greased plate and spread evenly. Leave it to cool. When cold, cut square slices and store in an airtight container.

My notes: In the original recipe, the quantity of ghee is half a cup. I used three tablespoons coconut oil / ghee  only.


  1. You have a nice blog and lovely recipes. Will make these soon, just one query dates and figs have to be chopped and then measured ?

    1. Thank You Sapna. I measured dates and figs before chopping. I used the standard 240ml cup. Hope this helps. Best wishes!

  2. These are as beautiful to look at as they must be as yummy to eat.Great work! I love the way you have present this so beautifully! keep writing!
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