Halwa

Halwa made with the addition of water, fat, sugar and add-ons such as cardamom/saffron/nuts to make it richer and aromatic.

Moong Dal Halwa

Halwa is an Indian dessert prepared on occasion or festive.Most types of halwa are relatively dense sweetened with sugar.Textures of halwa also vary for example Flour based wheat and when coarse flour obtained by granulating wheat called semolina by which Sooji Halwa, Rava Kesari.  it is prepared with various other ingredients, including nuts kesar badam halwa milk based halwa milk rava kesari and vegetables Gajar Halwa  fruit based Apple halwa.

I am sharing Moong dal halwa, it is lentil based halwa( Split yellow) moong dal halwa is drier and more crumbly.Roasted in clarified butter cooked with milk adding condensed milk for rich flavor & sweetness to enhance flavor more adding Saffron and green cardamom powder and garnish with nuts.

Ingredients

Moong Dal 1cup

Condensed Milk 1 tin

Milk 3 cup

Saffron strands 10-20 (soaked in 1 tbsp milk)

Clarified butter(ghee) 1 cup

Assorted nuts 1/4 cup

Green cardamom powder 1/4 tsp

Method

Wash & soak moong dal at least for 2-3 hrs then Grind coarsely.Heat a pan add ghee add moong dal paste.Cook on slow flame till mixture golden color & raw aroma goes off.Add milk & saffron cook till it dries.Add condensed milk cook continuously till u get desired consistency.Add cardamom powder.Turn off heat.
Garnish with nuts.
Serve & enjoy !!

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Rava Kesari

Rava Kesari is a south Indian sweet dish.Rava means Semolina and Kesari means saffron, It is a pudding made with semolina, sugar, Clarified butter.It is made during the festival and Special puja.Mostly yellow food color is used but I have used Saffron to get color & nice aroma.

On eve of Vasant Panchmi, prepared this sweet dish at my native place we do Puja of Goddess Saraswati There is a tradition of eating different varieties of sweets are offered to Goddess which includes yellow colored sweet as well.

Rava Kesari is like a Sooji Halwa which is prepared using roasted Rava(sooji) till it brown in color and cooked in water and Rava Kesari is lightly roasted to prevent browning & cooked.

Ingredients

Semolina 1 cup

Saffron 20-30 strands

Water 1.5 cup

Clarified Butter(Ghee) 1/4 cup +1 tbsp

Assorted Nuts 1 tbsp

Sugar 1/2 cup or to taste

Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon(optional)

Method

Heat a pan add 1 tbsp clarified butter( ghee )and fry the nuts. Set them aside.In the same pan, add Rava and sautéed it continuously stirring often and roast on low flame for 5 minutes or till it turns aromatic and Remove on a plate and keep aside.

To the same pan, add sugar, water, and saffron bring to boil on a medium heat keep stirring so that sugar dissolves properly.Reduce the flame to low. Slowly add the Sauteed Rava to sugar syrup mixture, stirring constantly to avoid lumps, Cook until the moisture is absorbed.Add 1/4 cup ghee and mix well.it will start leaving the sides of the pan. Add green cardamom powder & Switch off the flame
Serve Rava  Kesari hot or warm. Garnish with nuts.

 

 

 

Sooji Halwa

Halwa is an Indian dessert prepared on occasion or festive.Most types of halwa are relatively dense sweetened with sugar.Textures of halwa also vary for example Flour based wheat, rice or lentil based halwa moong dal halwa is drier and more crumbly.

Halwa prepared with various other ingredients, including nuts kesar badam halwa milk based halwa  milk rava kesari  and vegetables Gajar Halwa fruit based Apple halwa

I am sharing Sooji halwa semolina based halwa is gelatinous and translucent, it is Roasted in clarified butter cooked with water adding sugar & flavour with green cardamom powder and garnish with nuts.

Ingredients

Sooji/Semolina 1cup

Sugar 1/3 cup or to taste

Ghee/Clarified butter 1 tbsp

Assorted Nuts 1/4 cup

Green cardamom powder a pinch

Water 1 cup

Method
Heat a pan adding ghee.roast sooji on med flame till it changes it colour .add water sugar & cook till start leaving a pan.add cardamom powder.Garnish with Nuts.

Milk Rava Kesari

Milk Rava Kesari is a south Indian sweet dish.Rava means Semolina and kesari means saffron,It is a pudding made with semolina, sugar ,Clarified butter ,Saffron & Milk.It is made during festival and Special puja.Mostly yellow food color is used but I have used Saffron to get color & nice aroma.

Milk Rava Kesari is like a Sooji Halwa which is prepared using roasted Rava(sooji) till it brown in color and cooked in water and milk rava kesari is lightly roasted to prevent browning & cooked in milk.

Ingredients

Semolina 1/2 cup

Sugar 1/3 cup or to taste

Milk 1.5 cup

Saffron 15-20 thread (soaked in 1 tbsp. warm milk)

Clarified Butter(Ghee)  3 tbsp

Assorted Nuts for garnishing

Method

Heat a pan add 2tbsp. clarified butter( ghee )and fry the nuts. Set them aside.In the same pan, add rava and sautéed  it continuously stirring often to prevent it should be light golden brown in color and will have a light sweet aroma.Remove on a plate and keep aside.

To the same pan, add sugar ,milk and soaked saffron bring  to boil on a medium heat keep stirring so that sugar dissolves properly .Reduce the flame to low. Slowly add the rava to the milk, stirring constantly to avoid lumps, Cook until the moisture is absorbed.Add 1 tbsp ghee and mix well.it will start leaving the sides of pan. Switch off the flame
Serve Milk Rava  Kesari hot or warm. Garnish with nuts.

 

 

 

 

 

Kesar Badam Halwa

Halwa is an Indian dessert prepared on occasion or festive .Most types of halwa are relatively dense sweetened with sugar.Textures of halwa also vary for example Flour based wheat ,rice or semolina based Sooji Halwa halwa is gelatinous and translucent, while lentil based halwa Moong Dal Halwa  is drier and more crumbly.Halwa prepared with various other ingredients, including nuts ,milk ,ghee and vegetables such as Carrots Gajar Halwa.

I am sharing a nut based halwa Kesar Badam Halwa.Kesar means Saffron and badam means almond.it’s a really delicious using Coarse grind almond cooked in ghee,sugar,Cardamom powder ,Saffron & garnish with silvered almonds.

Ingredients

Almonds 1 cup (soaked & peeled)

Sugar 1/2 cup or to taste

Ghee 4 tbsp

Saffron 10-15 soaked in warm milk

Green Cardamom powder 1 tsp

Milk to grind almond

Yellow Food Color 1-2 drop (optional)

Method

Soak almonds overnight and then peeled almond .Put the peeled almonds in a blender and add milk so it can enough to cover almonds.
Blend it into a coarse paste or fine paste indiviual choice .i like coarse one.

Heat a pan add 2 tbsp ghee once ghee melts add badam grind mixture keep stirring continuously to avoid burning from bottom.

Add sugar then Constantly stir the mixture as it can stick burn from bottom. Add Saffron milk & food color & cardamom powder into it & additional 2 tbsp of ghee so that mixture doesn’t stick to bottom & while its boiling.once mixture start leaving ghee stir for 2- 3 minutes.turn off heat.

Take out in a bowl Garnish with sliced almonds.Serve & enjoy.

Tips
Yellow food color is optional.

30-40 minutes it will take to cook Halwa on low temperature.need patience to cook 😊

Serve hot or at room temperature.

Apple halwa

Halwa is an Indian dessert prepared on occasion or festive .Most types of halwa are relatively dense sweetened with sugar.Textures of halwa also vary for example Flour based wheat ,rice or semolina based Sooji Halwa halwa is gelatinous and translucent, while lentil based halwa Moong Dal Halwa  is drier and more crumbly.Halwa prepared with various other ingredients, including nuts ,milk ,ghee and vegetables such as Carrots Gajar Halwa.

I am sharing a fruit based halwa Apple Halwa.it’s a really delicious using an apple,ghee ,sugar,Cardamom powder ,Saffron & nuts.

Ingredients

Apple 3 medium size

Sugar 1/2 cup or to taste

Pinch of Cardamom powder

Saffron Strands few soaked (optional)

Pistachios(chopped)  1 tbsp

Ghee 1 tbsp

Method

Wash ,peel & chopped apples.heat a non-stick pan adding ghee then add chopped apples  cook it on medium flame until the water content in the pulp is evaporated and using back of spatula mashed apples now pulp will  become slightly thick.now add sugar to the pulp and mix well. While stirring the pulp continuously add saffron & cook until halwa leaves the sides of pan.add cardamom powder.Turn off heat & serve in a bowl .Garnish with Chopped Pistachios.

Tips :Instead of Cardamom powder ,one can add Cinnamon powder or add any nuts as per individual choice.One can serve warm or @ room temp.Depend on Individual preference.

Gajar Halwa

Grated carrot cooked in milk & garnish with nuts.it’s awesome winter dessert

ingredients

Carrot 2 lb
Ricotta cheese/khoya 1 cup
Milk (whole/reduce fat)1/4 cup
Raisin 10(soaked)
Unsalted butter/ghee 1/4 cup
Cashew nut 10-15
Almond(soaked.& sliced) 10-12
Sugar 2 cup to.taste
Cardamom powder 1/4.tsp
Method
Heat pan adding butter fry cashew nut.take out keep aside.using same pan add wash , peel &.grated carrot..saute for around 5 min.Add milk in it.mix properly.cover.for 5-7.min on low /med.heat..uncover add ricotta cheese almond, cashew nut.& raisins. Mix properly .cook on med heat till ricotta cheese..moisture.evaporates. now add sugar & cook.till. u get desired consistency.it will.take around 10-15.min.add cardamom powder.turn.off heat.
Enjoy Gajar halwa