July 29, 2012

Rakshabandhan - Rakhi Special Recipe Halwa

Recipe By Naiya Sheth : Learn how to make Halwa. Basically Rakshabandhan-Rakhi is to strengthen the bond of love between brothers and sisters. In Rakshabandhan-Rakhi we celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. It is celebrated on the full moon night of shravan month. In this festival sisters tie thread amulets on their brother's wrist, praying for their long life and happiness. On the other hand brothers are bound by thread for happiness and safety of their sisters. During the celebration when sisters are tying rakhi on their brother's wrists they gives gift to their sister. Sisters gives them sweet as the symbol of their love. Here in India many of them are used to make sweets at home with lots of love to their brother. So we are having so many recipes for this special occasion.

Basically there are different types of halwas. For example Sooji halwa, Rajigira halwa, Gajar halwa, Mung dal halwa, wheat halwa etc. But today we are going to learn the making of Mumbai Ice Halwa. As we all know it is very famous in India. Before some time I found that to make Mumbai Ice Halwa at home is very difficult, rather next to impossible. But last week my aunty teach me to make halwa at home. She gave me the perfect recipe for this. And when I tried it was great in taste. But it was little lengthy process and I found excess of ghee in this recipe. So yesterday I tried to make it in microwave oven it was very easy and quick. Even I used only 2 tea spoon ghee in it, but it was just like ready made halwa. So I would like to thank my aunty to teach me such an interesting recipe. Because my son loves to eat halwa.


Preparation time - 10 minutes
Cooking time - 13 to 14 minutes
Makes 250 grams (approx.)

Ingredients to make Halwa:

1/4 cup refined flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tea spoon ghee
1/2 tea spoon nutmeg powder (jayfal) 
             or
4 to 5 drops rose essence
125 ml. milk
1/2 tea spoon saffron 
Ghee for greasing

For garnishing:

Cardamom powder
Cardamom seeds
Thin sliced almonds
Thin sliced pistachio
Saffron

Method to make Halwa:

  • In a big microwave proof bowl mix milk, refined flour, saffron and sugar properly. 
  • Cook in microwave for 2 minutes at MICRO HI. stir. 
  • Again cook for 2minutes and stir. Add ghee stir again.
  • Cook till the spoon stands horizontally without support in the mixture. Stir it at regular interval of 1 1/2 minutes. It will round about 13 to 14 minutes. At last add nutmeg powder or rose essence, stir well.
  • Remove from microwave and keep a side for 3 to 4 minutes. Mean while grease a thick plastic sheet and roll the mixture over it as thin as possible with the help of rolling pin.
  • Sprinkle saffron,almonds, pistachio, and cardamom over it. Press slowly. Roll again to male thin layer. 
  • Keep a side for 20 to 22 hours to dry, again turn it and let it dry for 5 to 6 hours. Drying time may be differ as the weather situation.
  • Store Halwa in air tight container.

Tips:

  • Saffron can be avoided if you want to make white halwa.
  • If you want to make it on flame add minimum 1/4 cup ghee, and it will take almost double time. And of course continue string is compulsory

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