Sunday, February 28, 2010

A Simple'N Easy Halwa

Today being Holi ( Indian spring festival of colors), I wanted to make something sweet and colorful and this is what I came up with  in my kitchen. I liked it and would definitely make it again. This is made with Sooji or Rawa but it tastes more like the wheat Halwa.

  1. Sooji or Rawa-1 cup
  2. Ghee or Vegetable oil -3/4 cup
  3. Milk-1 cup
  4. Water-5 cups
  5. Sugar- 1 3/4 cup
  6. Cardamom powder- 1 tsp
  7. Cashew nuts - 1/4 cup (optional)
  8. Food color or saffron - 1 pinch (optional)

Cook the sooji or rawa in milk by adding 1 cup of water  till you get a porridge consistency. When it cools,  add the food color/saffron and make it into a fine paste by grinding in a mixer.
Heat  a heavy bottomed vessel, add 1tbsp of ghee/oil and fry the cashew nuts till they are brown and remove them. (optional).
Now to this vessel add the remaining water with sugar and the sooji paste.
Add 3/4 of the remaining ghee to this mix and cook it by stirring continuously. Add the remaining ghee as needed if the mix looks dry. Keep stirring till the oil/ghee separates. Remove from the fire, add the fried cashew and cardamom powder.
Consistency of this halwa is that of a kesari.

Happy Holi !

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