May 21, 2009
Halwa is a very traditional aromatic Indian delicacy that is prepared for most auspicious religious functions, festival and special parties. Indian cuisine is talented in making numerous varieties of halwa that one can make from flour(s), nuts, vegetables, lentils, fruits etc.
Halwa is called by different names such as halawa, halvah, halva, halua etc which actually refers to many type of dense sweet confections served across the Middle East, Asian countries, North Africa, Balkans, Central & Eastern Europe, Malta and the Jewish world. Traditionally the term Halva means “sweet” and is used to describe two types of desserts:
Flour based, this type is slightly gelatinous and made from grain flour typically semolina and the basic primary ingredients used are clarified butter, flour and sugar while the other is the Nut butter based as this type of halwa has a crumbling texture and usually made from sesame paste or other nut butter like sunflower seed butter. The primary ingredients of making this are nut butter and sugar.
Halwa is a rich comforting Indian dessert, made with ghee, very flavourful and extremely luscious and delectable to taste. Gajar ka halwa (carrot halwa) and Suji ka halwa (semolina halwa) are two most popular variety of halwa often prepared during festivals, religious events and celebrations. Other varieties of Halwa are bread halwa, maida halwa, besan halwa or groundnut halwa.
Halwa is popular in a lot of cultures and is be made with a variety of ingredients like carrot, lauki (bottle gourd), semolina, badam (almonds) or raisins etc. They also contain milk or condensed milk and often made with ghee which imparts a pleasing aroma and nice taste that tempts most of us to eat. Halwa is also prepared during festivals like Holi, Janmashtami, Diwali and served as prasad in temples and various religious occasions.
I feel delighted and pleased sharing some of my most favourite Halwa recipes that I love to prepare. Do try them and enjoy the taste.
Bombay Karachi Halwa
Bombay Karachi is a popular Indian sweet dish made with corn flour sweetened with sugar, ghee, flavoured with cardamom and garnished with nuts.
Raisins Halwa Kishmish ka Halwa
Raisins halwa or Kishmish ka halwa is an awesome Indian sweet dessert made with raisins and corn flour slurry sweetened and garnished with nuts.
Almond Badam Halwa
Badam halwa is a delicious desert made with pureed almonds, butter/ ghee (clarified butter), sugar and saffron Badam halwa is a sweet made from almonds, garnished with nuts and adding a little color to look good and attractive.
Mango Halwa is made with cooking mango pulp and corn starch together in ghee; garnished with nuts.
Badam Lauki ka Halwa
Lauki ka halwa is a very popular and traditional dessert, made all over India. Lauki or bottle gourd is a vegetable which is eaten in many of the families.
Gajar Halwa is made from fresh grated carrots and cooked in milk and ghee and garnished with nuts and raisins.
Bottle Gourd Doodhi Halva
Bottle gourd/ doodhi halwa is a lip smacking sweet dish, grated lauki or bottle gourd is sweetened and cooked in milk and garnished with dry fruits.
Sooji halwa is a simple yet delicious and yummy sweetened semoline fried in ghee and garnished with nuts. It’s also popularly known as Kesari bath in the south region and Sheera in the northern region of India.
Moong Daal Halwa
A perfect, mouth-watering, aromatic shiny and pretty Moong Dal Halwa loaded with lots of protein and calcium, made with yellow split moong dal, ghee, sugar and flavoured with cardamom powder.
Ananas Sheera Pineapple Sooji Halwa
Ananas Sheera is one among the other halwas which is very popular Indian sweet dish made with sooji and pineapple. This dish is popularly known as Pineapple Rava Kesari in southern India.
Pumpkin Halwa with Apple
Pumpkin Halwa with Apple is an excellent amalgamation of pumpkin halwa and apple sauce mixed together that pricks your taste buds with bursting flavours. The pumpkin pieces are nicely cooked until soft, pureed and sweetened with sugar, flavoured with wonderful fragrance of cardamom topped with apple sauce flavoured with cinnamon.
Rose Flower Halwa
Rose flower halwa or gulkand ka halwa is an amazing sweet dessert made with rose petals cooked in sugar syrup (gulkand) with beetroot cooked and sweetened; garnished with roasted nuts.
Do try preparing these different variants of Halwa recipes to treat your taste buds with some of the amazing and fabulous flavours. To try more favourite recipes, do click on: www.vahrehvah.com
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