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Wheat Halwa – Indian Cooking Challenge !

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 !!


19 comments on “Wheat Halwa – Indian Cooking Challenge !

  1. vaishali sabnani
    August 15, 2011

    you have got excellent pieces of halwa and a fine texture ,looks grt..


  2. Priya
    August 15, 2011

    Omg, glossy halwa looks extremely addictive and delicious..


  3. Kalpana Sareesh
    August 15, 2011

    xcellent halwa..


  4. Krithi's Kitchen
    August 15, 2011

    Perfect pieces and a lovely color!!


  5. Srivalli
    August 15, 2011

    Looks so wonderful..glad you joined us.


  6. Suja
    August 15, 2011

    Wonderful halwa,love the glossy inviting looks,great job dear..


  7. Sobha Shyam
    August 15, 2011

    yummy halwa, very tempting..


  8. Vidhya
    August 15, 2011

    Halwa looks so tempting.


  9. ANU
    August 16, 2011

    awesome looking halwa dear…..yumm


  10. Swathi
    August 16, 2011

    Wheat Halwa looks delicious.


  11. Sanctified Spaces
    August 16, 2011

    Really nice of u to have tried my recipe. You have got perfect pieces which is a little tough actually. Superb.


  12. jayasree
    August 16, 2011

    Perfect pieces..Looks delicious.


  13. anilkurup
    August 16, 2011

    There is a provision in the constitution that is Directive principles , that any act or word that can damage public order can be considered as liable to be penalised in any which way fit according to the law and that will not tantamount to infringement of the fundamental rights.

    Your culinary exquisiteness and the cuisine with the pics are a threat to my taste buds that is carving every time I see your post.

    I need a redress.

    Fascinating each of your post a delight.


  14. Beautifully done 🙂


  15. Lakshmi Navaneeth
    August 16, 2011

    Awesome halwa. Love the glossy look!


  16. aipi
    August 17, 2011

    This is totally a new way of making halwa for me but it is equally interesting and looks absolutely fabulous. Would surely please hubby's sweet tooth.



  17. Mélange
    August 17, 2011

    @Vaishali,Thanks.Yes,even I loved the texture.
    @Priya,Thanks friend.
    @Kalpana,Thanks for dropping in and leaving those nice words.
    @Krithi,Thank you.I think I am inspired with Sanctified Space Colour
    @Srivalli,Thanks.Yeah,even I have this opportunity to experiment with you people.
    @Suja,Just try and see dear.You are going to love this.Thanks.
    @Sobha,thanks friend.
    @Vidhya,Thank you for dropping in and for the feedback.It means a lot.
    @Anu,thanks ya.
    @Swathi,Hey give it a try..Thanks.
    @Sanctified Spaces,Thanks for dropping in and leaving those generous words there.This means a lot since it's your creation.Thank you for the recipe.
    @Jayasree,Thank you so much.
    @Anil,So,you are going to drag me to court ? Haha.But sorry to punish you in this way.As far as I know,you are a nice cook and this is the right time to experiment since you are not at home.Bon Appetit !
    @Priya,Thank you friend
    @Lakshmi,Thank you for that nice feedback !
    @Aipi,Of course it's a nice way to make pretty Halwa.Give a try ya.Thank you for the feedback.


  18. Elena
    August 18, 2011

    Delicious! And looks so good!


  19. Extremely addictive and yumm luking Halwa Dear.Really done it well. Super Good


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