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23/01/2014

Godhumai Halwa | Wheat Flour Halwa | Diwali Recipes

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Halwa always reminds me of the authentic Tirunelveli halwa. Though the traditional method for preparing halwa is by extracting the milk from whole wheat, I prepared this with wheat flour. But still the outcome was simply superb and I do not see much difference from the one that is prepared by extracting the milk. Anyways, I have that way of preparation in my list which I will be trying very soon. I have used natural food colour for this, as I do not know if wheat flour by itself gives an appealing colour when cooked. However, it is just optional as it do not have any impact on the taste.

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Ingredients

Wheat Flour 1/2 Cup
Cashew 10 Nos
Ghee 1 + 1/4 Cup
Sugar 1 Cup
Cardamom Powder A Pinch
Warm water 1 Cup
Natural Orange food Colour A Pinch (Optional)

 

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Preparation Method

  • Measure wheat flour in a bowl and add water little by little and knead well to form a smooth dough.

 

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  • Soak this kneaded dough ball in a bowl of warm water.
  • Leave it in water for around 8 hours.
  • After 8 hours, mix the dough ball well so that it is dissolved without any lumps.
  • Now strain the mixture to remove the scum.

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  • In a pan measure sugar and add water just enough to immerse the sugar.
  • Bring it to boil and cook till it reaches 1 String consistency.If you place a drop of sugar syrup between the thumb and forefinger. Press it and then release, you should be able to see a string. That is the correct consistency.
  • Meanwhile roast the cashew nuts in the ghee and keep it ready.

 

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  • At this stage add the wheat milk to it and keep stirring.
  • When it becomes translucent, add few drops of orange food colour and mix well.
  • Keep stirring by adding ghee little by little.

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  • Keep adding ghee with constant stirring, the ghee will get absorbed as you add it.
  • After sometime, it reaches halwa consistency where it does not stick to the walls of the pan.
  • At that stage add the roasted cashew and mix well.

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  • Turn of the flame and transfer it to a bowl.

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