Festive Recipes from the Kitchen of JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar

Festive Recipes from the Kitchen of JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar
Dates and Fig Barfi by Chef Anshuman Bali,

Our series on festive foods continues with these delicious recipes from JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar

OT Staff
October 27 , 2021
03 Min Read

Chef Anshuman Bali, Executive Chef, JW Marriott, Mumbai Sahar shares two of his favourite festive recipes for this Diwali.

Dates and Fig Barfi

Dates (seedless)             300 gms

Figs                                 150 gms

Almonds chopped           75 gms

Cashewnut chopped        75 gms

Pistachio chopped           75 gms

Poppy seeds                    15 gms (for coating)

Cardamom powder         1 tsp.

Gold leaf                         2 sheets

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Dates are highly nutritious and improve brain functionality  Method

Soak the figs overnight, drain and grind them to a paste

Cook in a thick bottomed pan on slow heat till it starts to become like a tight dough

Add chopped dates, and all the chopped nuts, keep stirring and cooking on slow heat,

Lastly add cardamom powder and stir. Till now it should have become a homogenous mixture.

Let it cool down slightly and then set into a tray, tightly packed.

After it’s cooled down completely, it will be well bound, you can cut shapes with a cutter or knife

Garnish with poppy seeds and gold leaf.

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Dal Pakwaan

For Chana Dal:

1 cup chana dal, soaked 1 hour

4 cup water

1 tsp ghee / clarified butter

½ tsp cumin / jeera

2 green chilli, slit

few curry leaves

½ Tomato, finely chopped

½ tsp turmeric / haldi

¼ tsp kashmiri red chilli powder

½  tsp pepper, crushed

½ tsp aamchur / dry mango powder

pinch asafoetida / hing

¾ tsp salt

½ tsp jaggery / gud

¼ tsp garam masala

2 tbsp coriander, finely choppedDal Pakwan by Chef Anshuman Bali For Pakwan:
1 cup wheat flour / atta

1 cup maida / plain flour

½  tsp pepper, crushed

¼ tsp ajwain / carom

¼ tsp cumin / jeera

¼ tsp salt

2 tbsp rava / semolina / suji

2 tbsp oil, hot


Boil the soaked chana dal and then temper it will all the ingredients mentioned in the list.

Make a dough from the Pakwaan recipe ingredients and let it rest for a while.

Roll the dough like pooris and fry in medium hot oil till the poori becomes crispy, take out on absorbent paper.

For the assembly put the whole or crushed pakwaan on a plate and pour the chana dal on top evenly.

Now add sweet tamarind and mint chutney to it and garnish with chopped onion, chopped coriander, pomegranate seeds and chaat masala.

Enjoy this dish as dal pakwaan.

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