Of Flavours & Tastes…
This month’s Indian Cooking Challenge is a typical south Indian sweet.Wheat Halwa ! I am sure something I have tried only because it’s for an event.Just my luck that I am not much interested in sweets.Yet can remember the melting flavours of Calicut Halwa from childhood..It’s a pleasure remembering,always is.
Coming to the recipe of this tempting wheat halwa,from among the few suggestions made by Srivalli,I have successfully tried out Wheat Halwa from Sanctified Spaces .It came out so well for me.Here comes the recipe.
1 cup whole wheat grains
1 tsp cardamom powder
handful of cashews
4-5 tbsp ghee (original recipe calls for more which will be tasty more,but I have this habit of cutting fat as much as I can,yet tasty)
pinch of food colouring
For the sugar syrup
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup water
few drops of milk
Soak the wheat grains overnight and wash well.Grind this adding 1 cup water at a time.Do this thrice and extract the milk by straining.This process is the most difficult part of the whole halwa making.
Now prepare the sugar syrup by adding 3/4 cup water to the sugar.Heat and keep on stirring the syrup.Add few drops of milk so that it will bring out the scum from the syrup.Cook till the syrup turns one string consistency.
At this stage,add the wheat milk to the syrup and keep stirring.This process has to be done carefully till the halwa start forming to a ball and leaves from sides.
In between the process,add ghee little by little and stir.Add colour,cardamom powder and cashew nuts letting the stirring process on.
Finally when it start leaving from sides and forms a ball,switch off the stove.Shift this to a greased plate.
Let it remain so till cool.Cut and enjoy !!