Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dried Figs and Dates Spicy Jam

Dried Figs (Athipazham in Tamil) are one of our favorite dry fruits. We always stock up on dried figs and dates and it is our most easy to reach pastime snacks. I always put it up on the center of our dining table. Yesterday I picked few of 'em and made this simple and delicious jam. I added ginger and chilli to give a little kick since I didn't want it to be too sweet. Addition of cinnamon gives a warm and spicy undertone to the jam. I am planning to buy extra figs next time and make this more often.



Ingredients:
Preparation time - 30 mins; Yields - about 2 cups; 
Dried Figs - 1 cup (about 10)
Dates - 1/4 cup (seeded and halved)
Maple Syrup - 1/2 cup (can substitute 1/2 cup of honey)
Ginger - Grated finely - 1 tbsp
Ground Cinnamon - 1/4 tsp
Dry red chilly -1 (seeds removed)
Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp
Method:
Heat 1 cup of water with the figs and allow to boil. Remove from heat and keep it covered for 15 mins until the figs are plump. Fish out the figs and allow it to cool on a cutting board. Add the dates to the water and set aside for 5 mins. Drain the water and keep it aside. Remove the ends of the figs and cut into 4 pieces. The cut figs should measure upto 1 1/2 cups. Add the dates and the chopped figs to a blender/food processor with the chilli and ginger. Pulse it into a not-so smooth consistency. You could use up the reserved water to help the pureeing process. Heat the maple syrup and cinnamon powder in a non-stick saucepan and add the mashed fig and dates. Cook in medium heat stirring with a wooden spoon once in 2 mins. The jam would be done in about 12-15 mins. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice. Cool and transfer to a dry air-tight container. Serve with toast or any flat-bread. Makes a great spread for chapathis too.

Sending it to Breakfast Club - Preserves event by Helen, B2B - Basic Chutneys event by Jaya and to HLI-Dates event by Aarthi and Kalyani.
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Sending this to Srivalli's Kid's Delight hosted by Nupur of UK-Rasoi, for the month of April 2012.

36 comments:

  1. Lovely jam krithi! i love anything with dates and figs in it.. natural sweetners! Richa @ http://hobbyandmore.blogspot.com

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  2. looks delicious and super vibrant.

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  3. looks so yummy and very healthy too...

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  4. Jam looks to be wonderfully tasty and inviting. A very unique preparation indeed. Excellent preparation.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  5. Jam looks real YUM ..Loved the first click

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  6. Woww.... interesting recipe.. looks absolutely inviting.. thanks for sharing dear :)
    Indian Cuisine

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  7. Amazing jam with a super delicious flavours..Tempting presentation too !

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  8. Excellent recipe...lovely combo...Jam looks very delicious ...

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  9. It's delicious & healthy jam ..

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  10. So healthy and yummy Krithi. I have a preserve recipe in my drafts waiting to be posted.

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  11. Wow yum spread...looks and sounds delicious

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  12. Figs Jam at home. Delicious. I too must try.

    Cheers,
    Uma

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  13. Yumm, figs and dates jam so tempting..

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  14. Thats a very healthy jam. All the flavors and aroma is so inviting.

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  15. looking at ur pics I forgot to read the recipe...then had to scroll back to read the write up:-) great recipe..and a very healthy one too...figs & dates...packed with all the goodness

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  16. tasty and healthy jam...ofcourse you can send it to my event...do email the details...

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  17. Thats a yummy looking jam. Reminds me of the traditional jackfruit jam made in Kerala :)

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  18. Mmmmmm..... two of my favorite fruits in one tasty jam!

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  19. Very lovely jam.. Looks really good, Kriti!!

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  20. wow yummy & delicious jam and glad that i am following u .........

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  21. What ae fantastic & innovative combo!!!! Must give it a try..This recipe gives all the health benefits of the dried fruits & is sure a treat to the palate!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  22. Delicious jam. Loved all the ingredients used.

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  23. That's really a different and tasty one.. love the spread

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  24. hi krithis, wow this is such a good idea, turning preserved dried fruits into jams.. you are the expert now,,
    more dried fruit jams from you next time, bookmarked with thanks dear..

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  25. mmmmm..... mouth watery and mind blowing snaps.

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  26. after a long time now i can able to comment in ur blog. my problem got resolved.
    yummy jam and home made is always delicious

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  27. That looks so delicious.. Droolworthy..

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  28. First time here Krithi,. Nice collection.. Happy to follow you. :o)

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  29. Hi Kirthi wonderful combination but i also would like to know if it would be spicy for kids as dates are sweet already in nature.

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