Thursday, November 26, 2015

COFFEE FLAVOURED HALWA

COFFEE FLAVOURED HALWA

Especially if you like coffee, you will find this Coffee Flavoured Halwa a tasty addition to your collection of desserts/Indian sweets. It is easy to make so I prepared this when I had some unexpected guests recently.

Unlike the traditional Indian sweet which has a high ghee content, this halwa can be made with relatively less ghee. To make this halwa, I used Coffee Flavoured Custard Powder available in packets from Weikfield.

Once the halwa is made, you can cut it into the desired shape. I usually stick to my old favourite diamond shape.

This halwa lasts for 5-6 days if kept refrigerated. I prefer this version as I think the Coffee Flavoured Halwa tastes much better when it is chilled.



Ingredients:

Coffee Flavoured Custard Powder, 1 cup
Sugar, 2 and 1/2 cups, or to taste
Water, 4 cups
Ghee, 3 tbsp
Cashewnuts, 10-12,
 + Ghee, a little for greasing the plate & roasting the cashewnuts

Method:

Grease a plate with a little ghee and set aside.
Break the cashewnuts into pieces and roast them in a pan in a little ghee. Set aside.
In a bowl, mix together the custard powder, sugar and water
Ensure that no lumps are formed while making this custard powder mixture
Heat a non-stick pan, and on medium heat, add the custard powder mixture, stir it continuously till it becomes thick, taking care that it does not get burnt at the bottom
Now add the ghee and mix it thoroughly and stir till the custard powder mixture becomes transparent and jelly like
Add the roasted cashewnut pieces, keeping a few pieces aside for garnishing
Mix well for the cashewnuts to get evenly distributed
Switch off the flame
Transfer the mixture onto the greased plate and allow it to cool completely
Cut the halwa into desired shapes, garnish with nuts and serve
You can also store it in the refrigerator and serve chilled