Thursday, February 09, 2012

Fig Rolls

I wonder at what auspicious time I wrote my last post. Since the very next day, the winter in Frankfurt is being severe. It snows and it is unbelievably and unbearably cold. Sometimes there is no snowfall, the sun shines, yet it is unbelievably and unbearably cold. I wear several layers of clothing, the heating is on the upper high, yet it is unbelievably and unbearably cold.

Tja, with such low temperatures ranging around -6 C to -14 C even during the days, what can one expect? I have heard, the lakes in Frankfurt parks have frozen and people are playing, skating, etc on the frozen lake. I'm yet to see that during the weekend. I hope the river (River Main, a tributary of Rhine flows through Frankfurt) doesn't freeze. My colleagues optimistically add, "It is not that bad yet, you know!!". However, I see huge ice blocks floating on the river and I'm just scared. :(


These are the times, I hate going out or doing anything at all. I just want to cuddle up in the bed and sleep all the time. It takes me extra will power to get out of the bed, get ready and go to work. The thing I hate the most is the 5 minutes I wait for the bus, shivering in the cold, wiping my nose every now and then. Whatever it is, once I get to office, sitting at my place with a cup of warm tea and enjoying the snow fall outside the window does not fail to amuse me. :)

Fine, enough of my blabbering and over to the post. This is another entry to the most awaited Blog Hop Wednesdays. This time, I got to visit Vaishali's Ribbons to Pastas, an excellent blog with a variety of finger licking goodies to try out. I very much wanted to try a dish from her Sindhi cuisine, which is something very new to me. But, due to time constraints, I rather picked up a simple dish. This is an easy to prepare sweet/snack, yet very very nutritious. I hope you would remember my Dry Fruits Burfi, that I prepared a few days back. There were some dried figs left over and with these Fig Rolls, I found the perfect use for them.


I followed the original recipe almost exactly, however I would provide it here. For step by step instructions, please refer the original recipe.

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Makes: around 15 pieces

Ingredients:
Dried Figs: 200g
Dates: 5, chopped
Mixed nuts: 1 cup (pistachios, chopped almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, etc)
Ghee or Butter: 1 Tbsp

Method:
Cook the figs with very little water in a microwave for about 4 minutes. Blend the figs in a blender. Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan. Add the blended figs to the pan and roast for a few minutes. Take off the flame and let it cool. Now add the chopped nuts and dates to the fig and mix well.

Roll the mixture into logs and cover it with a fresh foil. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. Just before serving, take the logs out. Cut them into pieces and serve as a snack.


Verdict:
The fig rolls were very tasty and packed with nutrients. We both really loved them and I would be making them again when I buy figs next time. The choice of nuts is entirely yours and you can make them with those available at hand. I have garnished them with powdered hazel nuts. Another variation would be to roll them as small balls instead of logs. And then again, roll them over coconut rasps. Oh! I just love this idea!! Thanks to Vaishali for the lovely recipe.

Sending this to Blog Hop Wednesdays - Week 14, hosted by Radhika of Tickling Palates and to Anyone Can Cook Series 41 of Taste of Pearl City.


17 comments :

  1. Healthy rolls...Looks delicious too..

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  2. Figs have many health benefits, very inviting rolls...

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  3. Wow! This recipe doesn't requires any sugar, I just love it. Definitely going to try this some time, thank you for linking with Any One Can Cook :)

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  4. Lovely....simple and indulging recipe...how have u been?

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  5. this is just awesome...drooooling here..;P
    Tasty Appetite

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  6. I would hate to wait for a bus on freezing days too...this winter has been a bit warmer than usual in our part of the world. But this weekend the temps dipped into the lows and I felt the chilling freeze ...stay warm:)
    Fabulous looking fig rolls!

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  7. This dreary weather has the same affect on all of us--all I want to do is cozy up and maybe get lost in the world of pinterest ;) Did you join, btw?
    Mmm, fig rolls look like a gourmet treat!

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  8. Simple but mouth watering rolls...;) I hate freezing weather too, but this year we got less snow and I kind of miss it...so weird you know...;)

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  9. yet another healthy treat with lots of nuts. the next time i want to make something with the nuts, for sure i know where to look for ;)

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  10. Ice blocks floating in the river - yikes! That IS cold. I would happily stay wrapped up inside with some of these delicious fig rolls to snack on. Yum, they sound wonderful and look very pretty, as well :D

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  11. Scrumptious rolls, looks delish. Thanks.

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  12. That looks so tempting! Fantastic recipe

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  13. thanks for trying these...they have come out really well..love ur presentation:)

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