The Navratri festivities have begun. In Hindu traditions, these nine days of festivities are marked with strict observance of fast that is said to develop virtues like self-discipline and forbearance. However, there is not one set of rules that define how these fasts must be observed. Some devotees abstain from food completely, while others abstain from consuming alcohol, non-veg food and consume only Satvic food and some others perform no food, no water fast (Nirjala vrat).
If you have been consuming Satvic food this Navratri season, we have got a perfect food for your sweet tooth- Singhade Ke Aate Ka Halwa. It not only helps you replenish your depleted energy levels but also tastes so good that you would not mind preparing it as an alternative to your regular Halwas (Sheera)
Singhada atta or flour is a byproduct of Singhada seeds (Water Chestnuts seeds). The nuts are peeled, boiled, dried and crushed into flour. This flour is gluten free and has a low GI (Glycemic index) and is a perfect replacement to wheat flour for those who are averse to its gluten content. The flour is rich in vitamins, minerals, potassium and many antioxidants. It has high content of protein and rich in fiber and has proven its worth in several studies that focused primarily on Singhada atta as a measure to fight diabetes. Singhada Atta should not only be included in your fasting menu but also must feature quite regularly in your daily diet in form of rotis, parathas, Theplas, Dhokla and several other forms.
Let’s make this delicious Halwa now.
- 125 gms =3/4th cup Singhade ka Aata (Water Chestnut Flour)
- 190 ml=3/4th cup Milk
- 190 ml =3/4th cup Water
- 125 gms =1/2 cup Sugar
- 8-10 Cashewnuts
- 8-10 Almonds (Slice Cashew Nuts and Almonds into lengths)
- 8-10 Raisins
- ½ tsp. Cardamom Powder
- Heat 2-3 tbsp. Ghee in a pan. Add Slivers of Almonds and Cashewnuts and fry until golden brown.
- Add Raisins and fry until it puffs up.
- Now add the flour to ghee and roast on low heat. It takes approx. 7-8 mins on low heat for Flour to turn brown in color.
- Add mixture of milk and water (must be lukewarm) and mix well. Milk and water must get absorbed completely.
- Ensure there are no lumps.
- As milk and water gets absorbed, add sugar and mix well. Allow sugar to melt completely. This gives a glaze to the Halwa.
- Finally add fried nuts, raisins and cardamom powder. Mix well and switch off the heat.
- Delicious Singhade Ke Aate Ka Halwa is ready
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