So, it’s a popular Indian notion, that every new beginning, a new idea, a new venture must start with a sweet. I am pretty sure all of us would remember the image of your mother rushing behind you on every exam day, with a bowl of sweetened curd. However, I was an aberration, and my taste buds were not ready to accept any kind of dairy product- be it curd, paneer or milk.
Mom had resigned to my choices and had given up persuading me to drink Milk or eat Paneer. I would have adored her even more if she would not force me on exam days to eat curd-sugar mixture. I won’t say eat as much as lick. I was so averse to the taste of curd that I would hold my breath and lick a small portion of curd (small enough that it would often require analytical weighing scale to measure) and rush out of the door. I detested the taste of curd in my childhood. Over the years, my taste buds have evolved, and I have started liking the dairy products and the food that incorporates these products. It would be difficult to tell now that I was once a dairy averse kid.
Coming back to the subject, so I was alluding to the fact that every significant occasion would start with a sweet (Mithai). For me, this day has a huge significance- it’s our 13th wedding anniversary and we are celebrating it in a long-distance mode . Here’s a secret that I would want to share here. I am also going to dig into some cheesecake this evening to celebrate this occasion. During the lockdown, Smita and I had zeroed in on a confectionery (finding a food outlet from plethora of restaurants listed on Swiggy is another herculean task) and would order chocolate pastry and cheesecake often. I think, so even though Smita is not around, she would want me to have the cheesecake and celebrate the occasion.
- Sooji/Rava ......125g
- Gud/Jaggery .....150g
- Ghee .........125g
- Melon Seeds ......1 tbsp
- Cashewnuts .....5-6
- Milk .........250 ml
- Chop Cashewnuts into small pieces.
- Heat a pan and put 1-tbsp Ghee in it. As Ghee melts, add chopped cashewnuts and fry until it turns light brown in color. Remove from the pan
- Add all the remaining Ghee and allow it to melt. As ghee becomes hot, now add rava and roast until it turns brown in color (Approx 10-12 mins)
- Now, add chopped jaggery and mix well. Cook until gud/jaggery melts (Approx 3-4 mins)
- Add Milk and mix well.
- As you can see, rava absorbs all milk and starts coming together to form a perfect consistency.
- Add Melon seeds and fried cashewnuts and mix well.
Also, as I had promised in my earlier post, we are starting with Kalimirch by Smita and Smita’s recipe Marathi from today. So, for these two reasons, I am pretty sure you would agree, no other recipe would have suited the occasion. The recipe is too simple but really shines in its simplicity. I would recommend get some authentic Ghee if you could (getting flavorful and aromatic ghee is a task now a days) and be liberal with its usage. If you are on diet, make this Halwa on your cheat days. That should save you from the guilt 😀
So, my lovely friends, here we go again with a simple yet insanely delicious (I made it twice since last week and finished off an entire bowl) Halwa recipe.
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