when we talk about Indian festivals, sweets are a must to be made at home or brought from the market to relish and celebrate.Diwali is such a festival when our houses are loaded with sweets and savories. Barfi, jalebi, malpua, kaju katli, peda, kheer, etc are few of the delicacies which I usually make during Diwali. This year, I will be celebrating our Diwali with a fruity twist to traditional Diwali sweets.
When it comes to include fruits in any form of traditional sweets, I love to experiment with flavors and have prepared kiwifruit sandesh, mango sandesh, apple malpua, apple chenapoda, apricot rabdi, sitaphal kalakand. As I was planning to include fruits in my diwali and I wondered how about making a Barfi with a fruit I have just fell in love with- Persimmon fruit.
For persimmon puree:
5 nos, ripened persimmons(peeled and pureed)
1/4th cup sugar
1 cup paneer
1½ cup, full fat milk
1½ cup, milk powder
6 nos , cardamom crushed and powdered
1 no black cardamom,crushed and powdered
1/3rd cup, sugar (this fruit is sweet so adjust accordingly)
chopped almonds and pistachios
Let’s make it:-
- Peel and puree the persimmons. In a pan, cook the persimmons along with sugar till it reaches the thick sauce consistency. Take it off the stove and keep it aside.
- In another pan, combine milk, milk powder, crumbled paneer, sugar, powdered cardamoms and cook till it starts thickening, stir to avoid burning.
- Add cooked persimmons and cook till it leaves the side of the pan to form soft dough. Take it off the heat.Spread it on a greased tray and allow it to cool completely .
- Garnish the top with chopped almonds, pistachios . Cut the barfi into desired shape and serve.
This Diwali, try making this fruity barfi for your guests and i must tell they will love it.