*Hanuman Jayanti Special*
“Lord Ram gave Hanuman a quizzical look and said, “What are you, a monkey or a man?” Hanuman bowed his head reverently, folded his hands and said, “When I do not know who I am, I serve You and when I do know who I am, You and I are One.”
Tales of Lord Hanuman’s wisdom, strength, courage, loyalty and devotion are one too many, as many as my tales of Halwa obsession. One of the most beloved sweets of India has never before had these many taste variations. Hold on to your saliva, there are more!
My Top Recipe Recommendations
- Gajar Ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa) -also known as Gajorer halwa, is prepared using whole fat milk/ Khoya (for a more rich version)/ condensed milk, ghee and sugar. If you have access to Delhi ke Gajar, then great! Any carrot will do otherwise..
- Beetroot Halwa – A popular variation of Gajar Ka Halwa, topped with rich variations of nuts
- Badam Halwa – My ever popular recipe when I especially have my sister visiting- (she gobbles it up in one sitting- no kidding!). Soak up some peeled almonds and whisk away!
- Double ka Meetha/Bread Halwa– Originated from Mughlai cuisine where bread pieces are soaked-up in sugar syrup then topped with Saffron and Cardamom flavored milk rabri. YUMM
Besan/Rava/Maida/Wheat Flour Halwa
- Dry Fruits and Nuts Corn Flour Halwa / Besan Halwa – No rigorous stirring required. If you use refined sugar, it comes off in the color of wheat halwa
- Sooji Ka Halwa/ Semolina Halwa – Also known as vrat halwa. It’s also offered in temples as prasad, after pooja. Best used proportion for small or large quantity preparation would be Sooji:sugar:water:ghee 1:1:2:0.5
- Mango Sooji Halwa/Mango Rava Kesari–dessert made with sooji/rava/cream of wheat and mangoes enjoyed by toddlers, kids and elders alike!
- Ananaas Sheera Pineapple Halwa – Hosting a get-together? This is a quick prep recipe a definite show stopper if you can cut some fresh pineapple pieces to top it!
- Wheat Halwa/Aate ka Halwa – this is a flour based prasad that is served at Gurudwaras around the globe. Come sunday mornings this halwa is offered to everyone who visits Gurudwara
- Tirunalveli Halwa – This is one of those recipes that Tamilians proudly acclaim as their own. Tirunalveli, Tamilnadu also invites visitors that merely travel down to try their ghee rich, moist wheat based halwa
- Maida ka Halwa – This is one of those variations that is really easy to make at home. Literally takes only 15 minutes to make if you have Maida, Ghee and Sugar available with you
Dal Based Halwa
- Moong Dal Halwa– This halwa is relished throughout Rajasthan in the cold winter months as comfort food. It’s a popular festival time recipe too!
- Chana Dal Halwa – This dal based halwa recipe has a richer flavor than with other pulses. Soaked and ground dal is sauteed till a rich aroma is achieved – and obviously is a bit more time consuming recipe – but is worth all the effort
- Urad Dal Halwa – In contrast to the chana dal recipe, this one can be made in a jiffy if you have homemade urad dal flour ready. It’s believed to strengthen the uterus which is why it’s often made and served to women of all age groups in India. Tastes better than it looks!
Other Halwa Variations
- Bahrain – Halwa Bahraini – Isreali Halva – worth a try!
- Green Papaya Halwa– Kaccha Peper Halwa | Papaya Halwa
- Bottle Goard Halwa/Lauki ka Halwa
- Green Peas Halwa
- Yellow Pumpkin Halwa
- Apple Halwa
- Apple Ragi Halwa
- Karela Style Banana Halwa
- Mixed Fruit Halwa
- Dahi Ka Halwa/Yogurt Halwa
- Milk Halwa
- Gur ka Halwa/Jaggery Halwa
- Akhrot ka Halwa/ Walnut Halwa