Also known as “Godhumai Halwa” in South India, Wheat Halwa is a delectable and traditional dessert that holds a special place in the hearts of many. This sweet treat is made from wheat flour, ghee, and sugar. It is not only rich in flavour but also boasts a unique, satisfying texture. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or simply craving a sweet indulgence, preparing wheat halwa at home is a rewarding experience. And why not you can prepare it for this Diwali? In this step-by-step guide, we will take you through the process of making this mouthwatering delight.
• 1 cup wheat flour
• 1 cup ghee (clarified butter)
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 cups water
• A pinch of cardamom powder
• A handful of cashews and almonds (chopped)
• A pinch of saffron strands (optional)
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Step 1: Roasting the Wheat Flour
Start by roasting the wheat flour in a thick-bottomed pan or kadai on medium-low heat. Stir continuously to ensure even roasting and to prevent the flour from burning. Roast until the wheat flour turns golden brown and gives a nutty aroma. This process may take approximately 15-20 minutes.
Step 2: Preparing the Sugar Syrup
While the wheat flour is roasting, combine sugar and water in a separate pan. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar completely. Once the sugar dissolves, reduce the heat and simmer until you achieve a slightly sticky syrup consistency. Now, add a pinch of cardamom powder to enhance the flavour.
Step 3: Combining the Roasted Flour and Sugar Syrup
Once the wheat flour is roasted and the sugar syrup is ready, carefully pour the syrup into the roasted wheat flour. Be cautious, as the mixture may splutter. Stir continuously to avoid lumps and make sure to get a smooth consistency.
Step 4: Adding Ghee
Gradually add ghee to the wheat and sugar mixture while stirring continuously. The ghee adds richness and a delightful aroma to the halwa. Of course, ghee is a staple ingredient of every Indian household. Keep stirring until the mixture starts to leave the sides of the pan.
Step 5: Incorporating Nuts and Flavourings
Add the chopped cashews and almonds (optional) to the halwa, stirring to distribute them evenly. Optionally, you can add saffron strands for a vibrant colour and a pinch of edible camphor for a unique fragrance. Mix well.
Step 6: Final Touch
Continue cooking the halwa until it reaches a thick, glossy consistency. You know what we mean by the consistency (yummy). It should be smooth, with a slightly gelatinous texture. At this point, your wheat halwa is ready.
Step 7: Serving
Transfer the hot wheat halwa to a greased tray or plate and flatten it with a spatula. Allow it to cool for a few hours before cutting it into desired shapes. Garnish with additional chopped nuts if desired.
Preparing wheat halwa at home is a labour of love that results in a sweet, aromatic, and indulgent treat. Follow these simple steps, and soon you will be savoring the rich flavours of this traditional dessert. Whether shared with loved ones or enjoyed as a personal delight, homemade wheat halwa is sure to leave a lasting impression.
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