DATE AND PISTACHIO ROLLS | KHAJUR BARFI IN MICROWAVE

Extremely moreish Date and Pistachio rolls are made in the microwave with only 2 main ingredients. Also known as Khajur Barfi or Khajur Dry Fruit Barfi in India, these sweet treats are packed with energy and essential minerals.

Rolls made with medjool dates and lightly roasted pistachio served in a small saucer





KHAJUR PISTA ROLLS 


Indian style Date and Pistachio Rolls Microwave Method

These date rolls are the same home-style rolls that you probably grew up with your Mum making. At home, we would call them "Khajur Paak" in Gujarati.

These are Indian style because they use ghee and you can incorporate some Indian flavours to them.

For ease, we make our khajur barfi in the microwave but we have included a stovetop method below also. 

These rolls are eggless as the sticky dates are enough to bind all of the ingredients. 


Are date rolls healthy?

You could argue this question both ways. The high sugar content makes these unhealthy, however, the rolls also contain essential minerals from the dates and nuts, so make them a better snacking option out of a chocolate bar or these. 

These are not sugar-free but ONLY refined sugar-free and so are NOT diabetic-friendly, as natural sugar can raise blood sugar levels. 

INDIAN STYLE DATE AND PISTACHIO ROLLS MADE IN MICROWAVE


When to make Date Rolls

You can make these date rolls for a number of occasions throughout the year. The gorgeous colouring of these makes them a showstopper sweet. 

They are also packed with opulent ingredients so they are worth serving during festivities. 

Saying that my Mum would make me these during the weekend so that I could pack a few in my lunchbox for break time at school. As they are packed with iron and sugar, they gave me the boost I needed to concentrate throughout the day.  (the other kids came in with chocolate bars and sweets ... )

Therefore, make these rolls for the following:

Great for snacking throughout the day - in other words, just make them whenever!

You can make these for Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter. 

You can make these during many Indian festivals such as Diwali, Holi, Makar Sankranti

You could make these during Ramadan and Eid. The high calory content makes these great, especially for this occasion. 


Which dates can I use for Date and Nut Rolls?

If you've ever visited countries, especially in the middle east, then you'll realise just how many types of dates there are!!

We have used medjool dates for this recipe. They are very plump and sweet and due to their softness, they are easier to handle. 

However, you can use other dates to suit your preference or whatever you have at home. 

A HEALTHY AND REFIND SUGAR FREE TREAT MADE WITH DATE AND NUTS IN THE MICROWAVE IN LESS THAN 15 MINUTES

We love incorporating dates in various ways in our kitchen, some of our favourites include 

Instant Pot Sheer Khurma - a speciality for Eid

Vegan Mocha Chia Seed and Mixed Nuts Truffles

Date and Cashew Chilli Bhajia

Gujarati Date and Tamarind Chutney

Sugar-free Cashew, Date and Yogurt Popsicles


Can I add any other nuts, dried fruits or seeds?

Definitely yes, this date and pistachio rolls can be easily customised to suits your needs, preference or availability of the ingredients. 

Along with side dates, you may add dried apricots, figs, pruns or raisins, also you can add any type of nuts such as almonds, cashews, pecan or brazil nuts. 

Add seeds such as sesame, pumpkin, chia, sunflower or flaxseeds.

Can I make Date/Khajoor Rolls on a stovetop? 

Yes!

1. Take deseeded dates and roughly chop.

2. In a heavy-based pan or kadai heat some ghee or coconut oil (if vegan) and add chopped dates and saute dates for 5-7 minutes. 

3. Turn off the heat and add pistachio and combine well.

4. Remove it from the pan and let it cool for a while.

5. Once the mixture is cool enough to handle with bare hands, make rolls or log and cover with the cling film or parchment paper and leave it in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

6. Then remove the cling film and coat them with desiccated coconut or poppy seeds and cut them into desired thickness.


What flavours can I add to these rolls? 

These rolls already have a wonderful flavour from the dates and nuts, however, it is possible to layer in further flavours. 

You can add cardamom powder for a subtle floral aroma

Add some cinnamon powder

Add some ginger powder

You may add vanilla bean paste or a few drops of rose essence 


How to cut Date and Pistachio rolls perfectly

Make sure that the mixture is fully cooled before handling and after turning into the logs wrap it in the cling film and leave it in the fridge to chill.

Use a sharp knife to cut and apply very little fat on the knife so the nothing sticks to it and cut neatly. 

To avoid cutting altogether, you could also shape the mixture into balls or set it in a plate. 


How to garnish these rolls

There are a number of ways you can garnish or coat these rolls. They will look pretty and won't stick to your fingers.

One way is desiccated coconut.

Ground pistachio.

White poppy seeds.

Cacao powder. 

Or any edible dried flower petals. 


How long do Date Rolls last?

In my experience, these date rolls will last for well over a month. We have technically not added any moisture to the recipe so there is no reason for them to spoil. 

All ingredients added are those that keep well in the cupboard for many months. 

However, you will notice that over time, they become harder and may taste stale. I would recommend consuming them within a month. 

Keep stored in an airtight container so that they retain their softness for as long as possible. 


How to make Date and Pistachio Rolls in the microwave - step by step

For accurate measurements check out the recipe card below in the post. 

1. Take pitted and roughly chopped dates and ghee or coconut oil in a microwave-proof bowl and cook for 4-5 minutes on HIGH. 


2. The dates will be softened, mash it up using a fork or mash potato presser. 


3. Then add highly toasted pistachio nuts. 


4. Mix well and let it cool for a couple of minutes.


5. Sprinkle 1 tbsp. coconut on a parchment paper and put date mixture.


6. Mix the mixture and make it smooth and lump-free.


7. Grease your hands and roll out the date and nut mixtures into a log and wrap using cling film and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.


8. Unwrap the rolls and coat the date rolls in desiccated coconut.


9. Cut it using a sharp knife into desired thickness. 

DATE AND NUT ROLLS STEP BY STEP RECIPE

10. Rolls are ready to serve or store. 

A TRADITIONAL GUJARATI SWEET KHAJUR PAK MADE IN THE MICROWAVE

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RECIPE CARD 

khajur barfi, date rolls, khajur pak, sugar free mithai, no added sugar, energy bars
Desserts, Snacks
Indian
Yield: 32-35 ROLLS
Author: Hayley Dhanecha
DATE AND PISTACHIO ROLLS | KHAJUR BARFI IN MICROWAVE

DATE AND PISTACHIO ROLLS | KHAJUR BARFI IN MICROWAVE

Dates, pistachio, ghee and coconut, this simple and easy list of ingredients can create such an irresistible and delicious treat in little time.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 5 Mininactive time: 1 H & 30 MTotal time: 1 H & 45 M

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place pitted dates and ghee in a microwave-proof bowl and cook for 3-4 minutes on HIGH or until softens.
  2. Then, mash the dates with a potato masher until no lumps left.
  3. Add pistachio and combine well. Add cardamom or rose extract at this stage if using.
  4. Let the mixture cool until it can be handled with bare hands.
  5. Lay a parchment paper, sprinkle coconut and date mixture, knead the mixture as smooth as possible, you may add 1/2 tsp ghee or coconut oil at this stage.
  6. Roll out into long narrow cylinder shapes, let it completely cool at room temperature then wrap it in cling film or new parchment paper and let it chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hour.
  7. Remove the cling film, roll the log in the desiccated coconut, then cut into small rolls using a sharp knife.
  8. Store in an airtight container. 

Notes:

I have used dried rose petals and buds only for decoration and photographic purpose.

To make these rolls vegan use coconut oil or any vegan butter.

Calories

93.91

Fat (grams)

4.15

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.80

Carbs (grams)

14.09

Fiber (grams)

2.10

Net carbs

12.00

Sugar (grams)

10.66

Protein (grams)

2.04

Sodium (milligrams)

34.94

Cholesterol (grams)

1.02
The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.
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Note - this recipe was posted on our blog on 13th of January 2010 since I have updated the post with new content and pictures. 

15 comments

  1. Happy Sankaranthi Jagruti. Dates with pista toffee looks very tempting.

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  2. Date and pistachio toffee looks yummy and healthy. happy makara sankranthi to you and your family

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  3. Stumbled into your blog just now..u have nice collection of recipe..love to follow u..:)
    WOW!!! toffee looks so lovely. Feel like having some. Will try it soon..Thanks for sharing.
    Wish u the same very Happy Makar Sankranti!!!

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  4. Looks delicious:) And a very Happy Makar Sakranthi to you and your family :)

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  5. Such a fantastic and healthy toffee balls, Happy sankranthi to u & ur family..

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  6. Thank you Gulmahor, padma, swati, kothiyavunu,Rachna and Priya...wish you all Happy Makarsankranti..

    cheers..

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  7. Hey jagruti..thanks for stopping by Vazhayila..
    You too have a lovely space...
    Date and pistachio toffee sounds wonderful..Looks yummy and healthy too...

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  8. Great pics, enjoy Pongal. Easy and sugarless sweet to make, good one.

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  9. this looks delicious..hppy festival

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  10. Happy pongal.....toffee looks yummm,will giv a try...

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  11. Happy sankranti..these cookies looks awesome, as well as they are super healthy..

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  12. hey nice toffes...healthy chnge frm regular sesame n jaggery laddus

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  13. Thanks Sarah, Asha, notyet 100,Vrinda, Sadhna and Siddhi

    Cheers

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  14. Wish you Happy Sankranti too dear...I made stuffed dates but this looks yum...will try this

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