10/18/2009

Happy Diwali ...

Wish you all a very happy diwali. As usual, my day began little late.
I lost my interest in fire-crackers long back. Brings back a bit of distateful memories ....
So, no fire-works from me on Diwali-day. But then, very surprisingly I decided to make some sweets !! Well.. believe me! I made halwa .. :-) My dad was also surprised by such a move from my side. Hi hi.
And here is the proof. I ddnt have a square plate to spread it.. Thats y in such a shape ;)





Sharing the Wheat Halwa recipe which I got from my colleague Dhanya
Ingredients
Whole wheat (wheat grains) – 1 cup
Sugar – 1 and 1/2 cups (You can increase to suit your taste)
Cardamom – 4 nos
Ghee – 4 tablespoons (You can increase if you like)
Saffron colour – 1 pinch
For garnishing – 1/2 cup chopped dry fruits like cashew, badam and pista lightly fried in 2 teaspoon gheeMethod
1. Wash and soak the wheat for 12 hours.
2. Grind in a mixie adding 1 cup water. Strain through a seive to get a thick milk. Grind again adding 1 more cup of water and strain again. You will be left out with only the husk in the seive. Add enough water to squeeze out all the milk.
3. Pour the milk in to a thick bottomed pan, add sugar and cook on a low flame. Keep stirring continously.
4. Add the ghee when the halwa starts thickenng. Add the cardamom powder and the saffron colour. Mix well.
5. Cook till you can roll the halwa into a ball with your fingers.
6. Add chopped dryfruits sauted in ghee. Spread on a greased plate. allow to cool and cut into desired shape.
TipsIf you want a thick halwa like what we get in sweet shops, add 2 cups sugar in place of 1 and 1/2 cups.
You can add 2 cups chopped dry fruits to get the dryfruit halwa we get in sweet shops.