Dry Fruit Burfi (Sugarfree)/Dry Fruit Fudge

Dry Fruit Burfi (Sugarfree)/Dry Fruit Fudge

Recently I came across an article in the newspapers which talked about the vivid changes that have occurred in the way festivals are celebrated. Households have become units of consumption as opposed to units of production like how it was in the good old days!

These thoughts kept me wondering and took me back down memory lane, rewinding my life to many years ago when I was still a little girl. I saw my grandmothers prepare tins and tins of snacks and sweets for festivals, prepared with love and affection for family, friends and those who came visiting during the celebrations. Most of the houses I visited or came across during this visit had sweets bought from outside.

I have nothing against this and I relished many of those sweets and I, myself order sweets at times when they have to be distributed in large quantities. But, I do feel that there is something amiss in this process. By not making anything with one's own hands, there is a loss of tradition, customs and most importantly a loss of personal touch. When you make somehting with your own hands there is so much going in it, your feelings, emotions, love and at the end of it a deep sense of satisfaction and gratitude of accomplishment which I wouldnt trade for the best gifts in the world.

That article also went on to describe how the sweet shops selling traditional Indian sweets are no longer doing their usual rip roaring business during Diwali with chocolate eating into a major chunk of their business. Sorry for sounding opinionated but while I do love chocolates I much prefer my kaju kathlis and burfees for this traditional festival.

Festivals for me have a deep rooted significance and embody traditions and customs passed down through generations. As much as I embrace change, I like to cling to ancient rituals of which food is the most prominent.

I made these dry fruit burfees on the eve of Diwali and with good intentions to post it on the eve of the festival. But as we proceeded to Bangalore to celebrate Diwali with family, the festivities and a wedding in the family came in the way of best laid plans. The consolation for me here is that Hari had a great Diwali replete with all the ceremonies, pujas, arathi and oil bath, crackers, sweets, new clothes, family and friends.

I love to munch on dry fruits and this burfi gives me the goodness of those fruits coupled with the satisfaction of eating a sweetmeat. Being sugar free makes this a guilt free indulgence for those of you who watch sugar in your diet. This also makes a wholesome treat for kids. When my husband took a bite, he closed his eyes and tod me that this tasted so pure, natural and refershing! With the softness of figs and dates, the bite of pistachios and cashews and the subtle flavour of cardamom this elegant burfee has made its way into my heart and I hope it makes inroads into yours too!


Dry Fruitย  Burfi (Sugarfree) Recipe

You can use mix in other dry fruits like raisins, cranberries, walnuts or apricots, keeping the base ingredients the same.


300 gm (1 1/2 cups) dried figs

125 gm (1/2 cup packed) soft dates, chopped fine

40 gm (1/3 cup) pistachios, chopped

50 gm (1/3 cup) cashew, chopped

50 gm (1/3 cup) almonds, chopped

4 green cardamom pods, seeds powdered

1 tbsp ghee or flavourless vegetable oil


Line an 8"ย square tin with greaseproof paper. Put in a little ghee over the paper and spread it with your hands.

Blanch the figs in hot water for 5 to 6 minutes by placing the figs in a bowl filled with hot water. Make sure that the figs are completely immersed in the water.

Drain completely and puree in a blender or food processor.

In a wok, over a medium flame, put in the ghee or oil and after the ghee melts lower the heat and add the pureed figs. Cook on low heat for 4 to 5 minutes by stirring continuously. Turn off the heat and when it coolsย  a bit mix in the dates, almonds, pistachios and cashews. Stir in the cardamom powder and mix well with with a spoon or with your hands.

Put in this dry fruit mixture into the pan and press with a wooden spoon to make the surface even. Chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Cut into squares or diamonds. Or make into laddus.

1 cup=250 ml

Makes 25 pieces

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44 thoughts on “Dry Fruit Burfi (Sugarfree)/Dry Fruit Fudge

  1. Wow dear reading this recipe itself made my mouth water…..yes as u rightly said most of us prefer ordering sweets from outside rather than making it…..but when its made @ home it really gives a great sense of achievement and satisfaction. Also since this is sugarfree and contains a lot of dryfruits i think i can even eat this in between meals to prevent those hunger pangs and I am sure even my toddler son who loves raisins will like this if i add some of it. Healthy and nutritious too. Also tried ur seven cup burfi this diwali…..it turned out superb.

    Thank you so much for such wonderful burfi recipes. Lord Krishna Bless you and ur family and a very happy and prosperous diwali to all of u.


  2. Thank you everybody for your wishes. This is a very simple and easy to make sweet! Hope you all enjoy it.

    Priyanka: You are welcome and thank you for your good wishes. Nice to know that you enjoyed the seven cup burfi and I'm sure your toddler would enjoy this with the raisins. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. This sounds like a great recipe Anushuti! While I am not really into celebrating festivals, I completely agree with you on loss of traditional recipes and personal touch. Though I grew up not celebrating too many festivals I still remember the sweets and snacks my mom prepared those days ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I have been reading your blog for sometime now and am extremely happy that among the younger set there are people like you who are modern and yet respect the really wise old traditions of our ageless samskriti.
    Very well put about our mothers and grandmothers and their wisdom in keeping families together by following customs and rituals that were handed down to us!!!
    We are mere 'vessels' who have the responsibility of passing on what we receive to our future generations.
    Bharat is living in varied time scales with different mind-sets and varying economic levels.The truth is that there is indeed a phenomenal change taking place.But many things are going amiss just as what you have stated.
    The INDIAN WOMAN – bharateey naari till now kept up our eternal traditions and needs to be saluted for upholding her stree-dharma(like the PANCHA-KANYAAS)
    But now even people young as you can see the 'boat being rocked'!

    From all the responses sent to you surprisingly there is not a single reference to the very profound observation you have made regarding traditions!!!
    I do hope and pray that 'thoughts and thinking' of the likes of you will inspire others to ponder and ruminate over the causes and reasons of societal upheavals metamorphosing the very nature of our Bharat today.
    Such losses and changes will change the face of MOTHER INDIA- VANDE MAATARAM!!!

    PS;Your blog is beautiful and the food is indeed DIVINE – just as the title suggests!!!
    My very best to you.

  5. Lovely yet simple burfis Anu. Happy Diwali to your and your family. I make these burfis too…I also add dates as a sweet addition and it acts as a sticky binder for the other ingredients.


  6. Vijaya Pant: Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your profound thoughts and insights here. Hope to hear from you again!

    Panmeiz Cuisine: I'm sure your husband and you will love snacking on this! Gives a fresh burst of energy and satisfies the sweet tooth at the same time.

    urhegde: Thank you for the prop mother dear!

    Shoba: Happy Diwali to you too!

  7. Turned out very well.
    Loved the texture, colour and taste !
    Good snack for kids during exam time.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Hi Anushruthi…I love cooking since my childhood and I keep trying
    something or the other in the kitchen along with my wife. I came
    across your site while browsing for a desert recipe for our son's
    birthday who is turning 4 tomorrow. In his school, they don't allow
    chocolates to be distributed on kids birthday, so we have been
    searching for some unique recipes which can be easily made at home in
    a hygenic way and at the same time which is healthy for kids. I am so
    glad that I found your recipe…Dry fruits burfi….which is so simple
    to make and yet a healthy desert treat, for kids especially.

    All your recipes are simply great and the photography is excellent and
    fantastic and enticing to try out all of them ! Thank you for sharing
    all your creations ! ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. Vish: I'm very happy to hear from you! It's wonderful that you distributed this burfi for the kids in school! Its delicious, healthy and a great treat!

  10. Dear Anushruti,
    I am so happy to have got you by chance.this recipe is great n looks easy.I will try one by one.
    I am from mangalore,though brought up in Mumbai n now in shanghai.I have a lot of free time here n will surely try your recipes.

    God Bless You!

  11. Hi there, Loved the pix and so looking forward to making this soonish. I just need to figure out if 1 teaspoon of elachi (cardamom) powder will be good enough instead of grinding the seeds of 4 pods? ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Shaila: The prefer the ground powder as the seeds can be quite unpleasant when you get it whole in the mouth. Also, powdering the seeds releases more flavours!

  13. This looks like a very healthy recipe!.. I've seen similar recipes where it is instructed to bake this mixture in the oven, how different is that and this?

  14. Hi Anushruti,

    Thank you very much for this recipe. I made it for Diwali and it was superb! Saved me so much hassle of preparing something complicated.
    Looks wise also this burfi was classy and loved the chewy and crunchy taste.

  15. hi happy divali to yr family I love yr cooking. This dates and anjeer bars are v good, I will try but can I use only dates and nuts. Last week I made dates and nuts roll yr recipe just reach, but never mind I will surely try thanks

  16. Niki: You can if you want to. I didnt roast my nuts here.

    Jayashree: Glad to know that you enjoyed this.

    Kavita: Yes you can use only dates and nuts too.

  17. Dear anu
    Your site is heartening. Your awareness of Ayurveda is equally praiseworthy. However I have a couple of suggestions. According to principles of Ayurveda the pots and pans play an equally important role in enhancing or retaining the quality of micronutrients. The usage of glazed pots and pans however attractive is anathema to retaining the goodness of food.

  18. Kajal: You are absolutely right! And that is why you will see me not using any non stick pans. All my cooking pots are cast iron or made of natural materials.

  19. This looks amazing! thank you for the wonderful recipe. Quick question, how many days can the barfi last?

  20. I have used this recipe as a base and tried it multiple times. It came out really well. Thank you for the recipe.


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