Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Spicy Dried-Fig Jam


When it comes to desserts, I don't think too much but only the portion-size. A small piece of sinful dessert means heaven to me. But then there are some healthy desserts too. They serve the purpose without making us being thoughtful about the portion-size. Well, this is not a dessert recipe , but this sugar-free jam can be used in many desserts, I mean healthy desserts!! Dried Figs are one of the best dried fruits that one can eat. These sweet chewy dried fruit with crunchy seeds are a very delicious contributor to your health and wellness. They are a very good source of fibre, minerals (like potassium, calcium, zinc and magnesium), vitamins (like A,E and K) and antioxidants. This jam can be a healthy sugar-substitute. I eat them in breakfast as in these banana sandwiches below, trust me I don't miss the peanut butter at all :) Just spread the jam on the bread slice, place sliced bananas, top  with another slice of bread and just grill, voila!! your breakfast is ready in a jiffy!!

The spicy kick of cinnamon and pepper, the tanginess of lemon make this jam interesting and fun!! I have added sugar, just for my kiddo, but you can skip adding it. So buy some dried figs and try this jam and make your desserts healthier. And never forget to cook the natural way!!




You Need

1 cup dried figs (cut in half)
1 cup water
1/2 inch long cinnamon stick
3 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoon sugar (optional)
1/4 teaspoon pepper powder

Method

1. Heat water and add figs, sugar (if using) and cinnamon. Bring it to boil and cook till the water evaporates. Later discard the cinnamon stick. Let figs cool.

2. When cooled, grind the figs into a paste-like texture.

3. Now mix lemon zest, lemon juice and pepper. Store in a clean and dry glass jar. Keeps for 2 weeks in refrigerator or for 1 month in freezer.

Makes 1 cup


9 comments:

  1. Easy to make and no worries about putting on. Nice.

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  2. Easy to make and no worries about putting on. Nice.

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  3. Love the simple yet yummy recipe!!

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  4. Fig jam looks awesome, love the addition of cinnamon and pepper..

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  5. Fig jam looks awesome, love the addition of cinnamon and pepper..

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  6. This jam looks so perfect and flavorful! YUM

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  7. I loved the idea of using dried figs with the very fragrant cinnamon. Definitely makes for a very creative jam. With the lemon and pepper, this is one delightful jam.

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  8. eeyuuuuuu dried figs are my favorite... I will try this definitely..

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  9. This jam looks delicious. A perfect combination and a great idea. Healthy and yum. :)

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