Wednesday, March 21, 2018

STRAWBERRY HALWA

STRAWBERRY HALWA

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Since I had some strawberries handy, I decided to make halwa (an Indian sweet) which is quite easy to make. Today's dish is adapted from "Strawberry Halwa" from my friend Aparna Bhat's popular blog called, "Flavors n Colors."

The amount of sugar needed depends on the sweetness of the strawberries you use, as also your individual taste.




Ingredients:
  • Strawberries ( fresh or frozen) : 10-12 or about 250 gms
  • Corn flour: 1/2 cup
  • Sugar: 1 and 1/2 cups, or to taste
  • Cardamom Powder: 1 tsp or from 3-4 Cardamom (Elaichi ) pods
  • Ghee: 2-3 tbsp + a little for greasing the plate
  • Cashewnuts: 10-15 broken into pieces
  • Water: 1/2 cup ( for cornflour paste) + 1 cup (for dissolving sugar)



Method:

Wash the strawberries and discard their tops. Chop the strawberries, place them in a mixer and make a puree (without adding any water) and keep aside.

Break the cashewnuts into pieces.
Grease a plate or thali with ghee and keep aside

Combine the cornflour with half a cup of water to form a mixture making sure that no lumps are formed. Add the strawberry puree to the cornflour mixture and mix thoroughly.

Heat a thick bottomed pan add the sugar and 1 cup of water, mix well and keep stirring on medium heat till the sugar is dissolved.
To this, add the add the strawberry-cornflour mixture and continue to stir till the contents become thick
Add the ghee, cashewnut pieces* and cardamom powder and mix well so that they are evenly distributed * Retain a few cashewnut pieces for the garnish
Keep stirring on medium heat till the halwa gets a jelly like consistency with a glossy finish
Transfer the halwa to plate that has been greased and kept ready
Allow the halwa to cool
Cut the strawberry halwa into the desired shapes and garnish with a few nuts.