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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Haalbai (Sweet Halwa)

Haalbai is a halwa made with rice, coconut and jaggery. Its a famous sweet in Karnataka, India.

This is very simple and tasty. I made this for Deepavali.

Ingredients
Rice(Normal/Parboiled Rice)- 1 1/2 cups
Jaggery(Vellam/Gud)- 2 1/2 cups (As per your taste)
Fresh Grated Coconut - 2 cups
Ghee - 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder(Elaichi/Elakka) - 1/4 tspn
Cashews few for garnishing

Preparation Method
Soak rice for about 2 hours in water.
Take jaggery and add little water and keep aside.
Grind rice in Mixie or blender to fine paste then add grated coconut and cardamom powder. Grind all to a fine paste.
Heat a kadai, add 2tspns ghee put the mixture and jaggery. Keep stirring continuously without leaving in low-medium heat.
Then add balance ghee and stir till its soft and thick.

Grease a plate with ghee and pour this and level it like other sweets. Allow it to cool(You can also keep in fridge for sometime)then cut into desired shapes.
Garnish with cashews.


Haalbai sweet halwa is ready.


16 comments:

Akshay on October 22, 2009 at 3:25 PM said...

Looks perfect. I still remember my first attempt at making carrot halwa and yes, it was a disaster. Content wise you're doing fine, but a little more background about the dish would enhance the quality of the blog.

Priya on October 22, 2009 at 4:48 PM said...

Wow this halwa looks marvellous, we do something similar...yumm!

Shama Nagarajan on October 22, 2009 at 5:56 PM said...

delicious halwa

Saraswathi Iyer on October 22, 2009 at 6:15 PM said...

Hi Akshay thank you for the comments surely will add more info.

Hi Priya and Shama, Thanks you for your comments.

HemaSrini on October 22, 2009 at 7:19 PM said...

Super taste, this looks very easy to prepare. Thanks dear to make my saturday busy.

Pari on October 22, 2009 at 8:40 PM said...

Hi. Nice version of halwa.

jeyashrisuresh on October 22, 2009 at 9:05 PM said...

Never heard about this.Looks very nice.Hope u had a great diwali with traditional sweets

Sailaja Damodaran on October 22, 2009 at 11:29 PM said...

Looks great...yummy

Neha on October 23, 2009 at 4:05 PM said...

Yummy halwa.....

Parita on October 24, 2009 at 3:12 PM said...

Halwa looks wonderful very festive!

HemaSrini on October 26, 2009 at 3:53 PM said...

Saras,
thanks dear i could tweak your recipe a little refer to gollbhai post of mine.

And great I could get bak few memories for my husband and mom-in-law.

Halwa, is extremely soft and great and it gave me a good learning experience.

Cheers,

Aruna Manikandan on October 26, 2009 at 7:31 PM said...

I love sweets.
Ur halwa looks perfect

my kitchen on October 26, 2009 at 10:03 PM said...

Delicious,my MIL will do similar one

Saraswathi Iyer on October 27, 2009 at 12:39 AM said...

Thank you friends for your lovely comments. Thanks Hema for trying.

sangeeta on November 1, 2009 at 2:50 AM said...

first time here n i love your blog...
all the recipes are interesting...

Springbird on December 19, 2009 at 7:02 AM said...

Saw ur entry in Divya's Ghee round up.Nice recipe.I do it with wheat flour.

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