When I saw that Dry Fruits were to be this month’s fruit on A Fruit A Month (AFAM), I really wasn’t sure if I could come up with anything. These are not something I usually have at home or am familiar cooking with. Dates and raisins are probably the only dry fruits I use.
We used to get a lot of dry fruits earlier, as a part of Diwali gift hampers, when we would just eat them as they were. I believe dry fruits are more common in the northern part of India, where such fruits are grown, and then used mainly during the winters as a source of energy. The southern part of India does not have winters or the climate for these fruit trees to grow.
I had almost decided to give this month’s event a miss when I saw a recipe in a previous issue of Good Housekeeping. So I went shopping for some stuff, made some few changes and here is what I made – Dry Fruit Truffles. I guess truffles are made and then rolled in sugar or cocoa or dipped in chocolate. The recipe suggested rolling these in sugar, but I thought they might turn out too sweet. I added chocolate instead, so one more chocolate recipe.