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Reshma Aslam tells us how to make three different types of halwa at home.
Here are the recipes:
- 2 cups badam (almonds)
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 tbsp pure ghee (clarified butter)
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 tsp green cardamom powder
- Few badams (sliced for garnishing
- Few pistachios (sliced for garnishing)
- Soak all the badams in water overnight.
- Remove the skin of the badam and cut it into small pieces.
- Add milk and put the contents in the grinder.
- Grind it coarsely and see to it that you do not make a paste.
- Heat a non-stick pan and add ghee to it.
- When hot, add the grounded badam and milk mixture to it. Cook it on low flame and keep stirring continuously.
- Add sugar and cardamom powder.
- Cook till the mixture become thick and starts leaving the sides and starts accumulating at the centre of the pan.
- Put off the flame and place the contents in a serving bowl or plate.
- Garnish with sliced badam and pistachios and serve.
Photograph: Kind Courtesy Reshma Hunani
- 2 cup fresh chopped pineapple
- 1/2 cup khoya
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 small mawa cakes (available at all bakeries)
- 2 tbsp ghee
- Few almonds and cashew nuts (chopped for garnishing)
- Heat a pan and add ghee
- Once the ghee is hot, add chopped pineapple and fry till all the water in the pineapple evaporates.
- Add sugar. Keep stirring and cook it on low flame for about 10 minutes or until the sugar dissolves.
- Take a separate bowl and crush the pieces of mawa cake. Add this to the pineapple and sugar mixture.
- Stir it well and switch off the gas. Add khoya and mix well.
- Place the pineapple halwa in a bowl or plate and garnish with chopped almonds and cashew nuts. Serve.
Lauki ka Halwa (Bottle Gourd Halwa)
Photograph: Harsha K R/Wikimedia Commons
- 1 kg lauki (bottle gourd)
- 1 cup khoya
- 200 gm condensed milk
- 4 tbsp ghee
- 1 tsp green cardamom powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup almonds and pistas (sliced for garnishing)
- 1 tsp green colour
- Peel the bottle gourd.
- Take a big bowl of cold water and grate the bottle gourd over the bowl. The grated bottle gourd should fall in the water as it prevents it from turning black.
- Heat a non-stick pan on high flame. Squeeze the water off the lauki and put it in the heated pan. Cook till all the water dries up.
- Add condensed milk, cardamom powder and green colour. Stir well.
- Lower the flame and cook it until it dries.
- Add ghee and cook on high flame for about five minutes.
- Garnish with khoya, almonds and pistachios. Serve hot.
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