Sunday, December 30, 2007

"Fruit & Nut Halwa"!!!!

Going Nuts with a Nut.........
Delicious Fruit & Nut halwa..

Almond is called the "King of nuts"..This nut is almost used in a varitey of cuisines, oils, soaps, creams, therapies etc etc..
I wanted to use this nut in one of my favourite sweet treats.. which is the authentic "Bombay Halwa"..I used to indulge in the sweet often, wrapped in a flimsy plastic wrap and colorfully chewy this halwa is divine in its taste...
Here is one version of this halwa which is very simple to prepare and uses a combination of fresh fruit & ofcourse the Nuts....

To Prepare this, you need:
1can mixed fruits (I have used peach, pineapple, cheeries, apple)
1/2cup maida
1/4 cup corn flour
1cup water
1/2 cup melted butter/ghee
1tsp fresh cardamon powder
Nuts: sunflower seeds/melon seeds, slivered almonds--1/2 cup
sugar 1cup
food color:optional

In a thick bottom pan, add sugar and 1/4 cup water and boil till the sugar melts.. Mix corn flour, maida with the rest of the water till no lumps are formed and add this to the sugar mixture and keep stirring in a medium heat..Now add the fresh fruit and 1/4 cup butter and keep stirring for 7-8 minutes to make sure it doesnt stick to the pan.. Now add the cardamom powder, the nuts and the remaining butter along with the food color and mix well and stir for another 3-4 minutes till the butter leaves the sides of the pan and the mixture becomes like a thick mass.
Grease a plate and spread the mixture with a spatula.. Garnish with nuts of your choice..When it is cooled. cut it into chunks and wrap it into individual treats in a plastic film..
This serves as an excellent gift during festivals..


Madhavi said...

wow!never imagined making this halwa would be so easy.I was assuming it's a very long process.Halwa looks delicious.This is one of my husbands favourite sweet.Thanks for sharing this with us.I'll definetly have to try this.

Paru ... said...

Hi Madhavi,

Thanks for visiting my blog & commenting..
Yes, this halwa is very simple and a good way to use all your left over fruits.. Kids will surely love this since its soft and chewy..

Do try it..

Happy New Year,

Cham said...

I was keep looking ur posts, the halwa is stunning ! This one looks excellent Paru!