How to make Panjeeri - Dried dates and makhanas in sugar syrup.

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Main Ingredients : Dried dates, Lotus Seeds (मखाने)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Desserts


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

You can also find more Desserts recipes like Matar Ki Kheer, Brownie - No Egg, Matar ka Halwa, Coffee Coconut Cookies.

Panjeeri Recipe Card


Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Panjeeri Recipe

  • Dried dates 1 cup

  • Lotus Seeds 1/2 cup

  • Almonds 10

  • Melon seeds (magaz) 3 tablespoons

  • Saffron (kesar) 6-8 strands

  • Ghee 1 cup

  • Dry coconut (khopra),shredded 1/2 cup

  • Poppy seed (khuskhus) paste 2 tablespoons

  • Sugar 3/4 cup

  • Kewra water 1/2 teaspoon


Step 1

Roughly chop the dried dates, add two cups of water and soak them overnight. Boil them in the same water till soft. Drain.

Step 2

Do not throw the water. Soak almonds in half a cup of hot water for five minutes. Drain, peel and cut them into slivers. Dry roast melon seeds and keep aside.

Step 3

Mix saffron in two tablespoons of water. Heat ghee in a vessel and fry the makhanas till crisp. Drain and keep aside.

Step 4

Fry the coconut in the same ghee till brown. Add poppy seeds, almond slices, melon seeds, saffron, boiled dates, fried makhanas, the saved stock and bring to a boil.

Step 5

Reduce heat and allow to simmer on low heat for ten minutes or till the makhaanas are soft. Add more water if required.

Step 6

Stir in the sugar and kewra water and cook till the syrup thickens. Remove from heat. Serve.

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