Halwa is basically a pudding. Atta halwa is a rich combination of whole wheat flour, ghee, and sugar. Simple flavor of whole wheat flour dominates the dish and makes it so delectable. Halwas often keep me wondering, how come something so simple and basic taste so delectable! It can be prepared so quickly and with ingredients always available in the pantry. Perfect to settle your sudden sweet cravings or expected guests.
Whole Wheat Flour: The regular atta has been used. Although adding 1 tbsp of semolina/gram flour can add flavor as well as texture to the halwa. Will try it the next time and update. What is critical is to roast whole wheat flour on low flame till it attains sand-like texture.
Clarified Butter (ghee): This recipe is all about the correct proportion of the ingredients. Well, as such a lot of ghee goes into the making of atta halwa, as much as the atta but I have used half of the quantity of the atta and it worked well.
Sugar: Is used equally to the atta.
Water: I have used double the water, double of the atta used.
Dry fruits: I have used almonds, cashew nuts, raisins, pistachios. What is important is to fry them in ghee before using. It brings a lot of difference. You can also use shredded coconut and cardamom powder etc.
Very close to atta halwa, often considered the same, is kara prasad. But there is a difference between the two, especially the ingredients used. Other similar recipes are sooji halwa, besan ka halwa etc.
1.This recipe serves 6-8 persons.
2.Heat a kadai and add ½ cup clarified butter (ghee). Heat it on a low flame. Or we can say heat ½ cup ghee :) .
3.Add 6 each almonds (Badaam). cashews (kaju), raisins (kishmish) and pistachios, roughly chopped.
4.Fry till nuts become golden and raisins puff up. Take out the fried nuts in a plate and keep aside.
Tips:You can even fry them one by one. In fact, that would be the right way but I was a bit impatient.
5.Now in the same ghee add 1 cup whole wheat flour (atta).
6.Roast on low flame, stirring continuously, till whole wheat flour has the sand like texture and color.
7.Now add in 2 cups of water. Keep stirring continuously. The water will be soon absorbed by the flour.
8.When the mixture thickens, which will be so in a minute or so, add in 1 cup sugar and half of the fried nuts.
9.Mix well. Cook till the halwa starts leaving the sides.
10.Add in 2 tsp ghee.
12.Garnish with the remaining fried nuts. Serve hot or warm. Bon appétit!
PREP TIME 0 minutes
COOK TIME 15-20 minutes
TOTAL TIME 15-20 minutes
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