Showing posts with label halwa. Show all posts
Showing posts with label halwa. Show all posts

Monday, March 28, 2011

Halwa layered Ice Cream :-)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
I Scream when I see ICE CREAM....and now that ice cream with halwa :-)))))))))))) If you are a regular visitor here, you know I have a sweet tooth(Actually full set of teeth :-)))) ) and will be thinking always about the sweets after my food. And these events in the blogging world always puts my brain to work :-)
I wanted to try something using ice cream.... So this came the idea...
But please bear with the photo, I will tell the reason at the end.
Coming to the recipe: Very easy one, tasty, yummy, healthy(???) and just perfect dessert after wonderful lunch or dinner.
Vanilla or Butterscotch or Pista or Mango Ice cream - 1 big bowl or 200 litre(your favorite flavor)
but I  felt Vanilla will taste good with these halwa
Gajjar ka halwa (Carrot Halwa) - 1/2 cup(made with 1 big carrot)(Recipe Below)
Beet root halwa - 1/2 cup (Made with 1 big beet) (Recipe here or the simple version below)
Carrot - 2 big, cleaned and grated
Sugar - 1/4 cup or as per the taste
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Cardamom powder - pinch
Milk - 2 tbsp
Mix all in a MICROWAVE SAFE BOWL. Cook it on HIGH for 6 to 8 minutes, this halwa should be hard. Cook it more to make it little chewy. 

Beet - 1 big, cleaned, peeled and grated
Sweetened condensed milk - 1/4 tsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Cardamom powder
Heat the ghee in  a thick bottomed kadai. (Its good to make this on fire as we need to fry the beet to remove the raw smell) Add the grated beet and fry for few minutes till you feel the raw smell is almost gone, I fried for 5 minutes. Add the condensed milk and cook for few more minutes till the beetroot and the milk gets well mixed. Add the cardamom and cook for a minute.
Remove from the fire. Again the MUST step, allow it to COOL.

making layers:

Take a glass bowl.(Today I felt the necessary of few utensils with which I could have done better presentation. It ok for now, I will try to buy it the next time I go for shopping ) Spread 1" thick of (according to the size of the glass or bowl) beetroot halwa. Spread the ice cream again of 1" thick. Now spread the carrot halwa. Repeat with the ice cream layer. You can choose different flavors also for each layer. 
Allow it to set for some time and serve chilled..
You can give any shape, If you have a cylindrical vessel with both the side open like the tube ones, this ice cream looks beautiful.
Now coming to the pictures, 
First thing is the camera, Its an old one and have some problem. I am not able to take the photos properly.
Second thing is I could not keep the layers intact as the power went off when I Kept it to set and all the three layers got mixed. So I got an idea to mix the three things and give a new shape to it: and here it is down how it looked, 

 Sending it to (MY) two events
ONE is

A brain child of Pari.
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which is My  event

Keep Screaming :-)

Keep Smiling,

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Carrot and Bread Halwa

Tried and tasted by Nivedita 
Hi All,
After the event round up, I keep on trying halwa recipes from my friend's blog. Last week, I tried microwave bread halwa. Today it was  Nithu from Nithu's Kitchen'  turn. But, when I went through the recipe, and checked my kitchen, I did not had khoya and condensed milk. (I got big tins, which I did not wanted to use it for so small quantity) But I wanted to try the Halwa with carrot and bread.
And Here I came with my version, which was really relishing.

I too make this halwa very often(Carrot burfi), and it is very normal to use the milk in this Halwa, but I decided to quit it and use the malai or fresh cream which is formed on the top layer of milk, after the milk is boiled on slow flame for long time.(from the milk, which I store and make ghee) 
You can use the ready made fresh cream also.

Ingredients :
Carrot - 3 big, cleaned and grated
Measure the quantity. If it is 2 cups,
Sugar - 1 1/3 cup or less (as per your taste)
Fresh Cream - 3 tbsp
Bread - 2 big pieces, crushed.
Sugar - 2 tbsp (this is to garnish the halwa, there is a twist in the taste for these sugar granules!!!)
Ghee - 2 tbsp + 1 tsp
Cardamom Powder - 1 tsp
Dry ginger or clove powder - 1/4 tsp(optional)
grated or crushed nuts - 2 tbsp (I used Cashew nuts and almonds)

Procedure :
Mix the grated carrot and sugar in a bowl and keep it aside for 10 to 15 minutes.
Till then, heat 1 tsp ghee in a thick kadai or vessel (in which you are going to prepare the halwa) and fry these nuts.
Keep aside.
In the same vessel, add the carrot and sugar mix(by this time, the sugar will start leaving water)
Keep on high flame and fry it for few minutes, but keep on stirring.
Once the sugar mixes well with it and you will not see the sugar granules, add fresh cream. Mix well. Add the crushed bread pieces.
Keep on frying till the raw smell goes. 
Now add cardamom powder, dry ginger powder(or clove powder). Fry for few more minutes. You can add some more cream if you feel its getting dried.
Add the fried nuts and ghee. Mix well and cook till the mix starts leaving its sides.
Be careful and be in front of the vessel, by stirring it in between.
It takes 15 minutes to get the halwa done.
And it serves 2 to 3 persons.

Remove from heat. Allow it to cool.
Before serving add the sugar, mix well and serve chilled.
You will enjoy those sugar granules in your mouth with the yummy halwa!!!

Keep Smiling,

Monday, August 2, 2010


Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
I am very happy to do this round up as I got 65 wonderful (including mine)  Halwa recipes for this event. 
I want to thank all my blogger friends for their loving support and encouragement. You all did it. 
Please correct me if I am wrong anywhere as, it is my first event.
Before going to check all the entries, please accept the PARTICIPATION CERTIFICATE:

Please feel free to post my certificate in your blog and make me happy.
I am posting the entries as I received in my inbox. Please check your entries. If it is missing, let me know. I will add it(I have tried to follow all the recipes and put them in).

First entry is from Padma of Padma's RecipesShe has sent the healthy  Ragi Halwa which is prepared with ragi or Nachni and she says the texture of the halwa is so soft that it melts in your mouth. And I think it is the best for toddlers and kids.

Swarna of  What's cooking today? has sent this very easy  Microwave Bread Halwa Recipe. She says its a real treat for unexpected guests.This is first time she is sending any entry for a event and she is more enthusiastic to participate in more events. Wishing her all the best and looking forward for more recipes from her.
Jagruti of  Joy of Cooking has sent two entries 
First one is Pistacho Halwa  which is a real treat for a person having sweet tooth.

Second one is Chocolate Halwa with which her travelling experience is connected.
Muskan of  A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine   has sent 3 entries :
Carrot Halwa / Pudding is prepared on HOli with colors of love and piece. The photo speaks so much love.

Carrot Halwa/Pudding
Sooji Halwa / Nuts & Semolina Pudding  : She has written that its one of the handy, super easy and quick to make semolina pudding for any occasion in my house and is liked by everyone and she loves the holy taste of this super delicious halwa.
Sooji Halwa/ Semolina Pudding

Beetroot & Oats Halwa / Pudding : she says " it ecxatly taste like carrot halwa, with just a twist of adding oats to give nice chewy, sticky texture to it with the benefits of having oats in a different way...."

Beetroot & oats halwa

Mina of Authentic Vegetarian Recipes has sent this step by step recipe for Semolina Halwa or Seero(made-desi-style)

And One more from her blog is,
 CARROT HALWA OR GAJAR HALWA : which she prepared using the carrot pulp after she finished making Carrot juice. She is happy to use the pulp to make such a delicious halwa.

N S of My Experiments With Food has sent this recipe Oats~Strawberry Halwa : N S  says that she tried this oats halwa when she wanted to have something sweet immediately and she thought to use oats instead of sooji and made this delicious oats strawberry halwa and believe me, my better half didn't even notice that he was eating oats.

Next is from Srivalli's of Cooking 4 all Seasons, 
Pineapple Halwa: being Valli's favorite fruit, she enjoys this beautiful golden sweet. She says she enjoys cutting Pineapple(that shows about her patience and she has more than that!). She enjoyed this halwa prepared by her Athamma. 
And one more from her blog, Sooji ka Halwa prepared in Microwave and you will enjoy the step by step photo learning. 

The third entry is Carrot Halwa ~ A First Love | How to make Carrot ...  She tried this in Microwave and you will enjoy the steps in photos.
She has colorful and wonderful 15 halwa recipes. Visit her for more food and her intelligent and wonderful posts on other issues also.

Kiran of SUMADHURA has sent this different Apple-Pineapple-Ginger Halwa Balls from Juicer Pulp where she has used to fruit pulp after preparing the juice. And I am sure that you will enjoy the ginger taste in this halwa. And even she has step by step photos to make this halwa.

One more from her blog is Water melon juice halwa : She is happy that she tried to make halwas now.
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Priya of priyaeasyntastyrecipes has sent Wheat Flour Halwa where she writes "I loved this delicious halwa and the whole cooking process take less than an hour and tastewise we guys loved it and enjoyed each and every bite of this halwa... "
Wheat flour halwa
Shama of EASY2COOK RECIPES has come with three halwa recipes :
BOTTLEGOURD HALWA : A healthy halwas, which she prepared it on her husband's birthday.

The second one is APPLE MILK HALWA , adding turmeric powder to Halwa is new to me, but I think it gives different taste.

The third one is the rich CASHEW BADAM HALWA  

Sangeetha of   Sangi's Food World has come out with this 3 combi halwa with her hubby's new idea to add carrot and they enjoyed this halwa which has the natural yellow and orange color.

Priya  Mitharwal from Mharo Rajasthan's Recipes has sent the whole set of halwa recipes which has brought more color to my event :
Gajar Aur Mawa Ka Halwa : This is not for weight watchers, but they will really miss the royal taste of this halwa!!

This Bread Ka Halwa is inspired by  Ash's as it was very tempting. But Priya has reduced the quantity as for her requirement.

Ananas Kesari : One of my favorite desert too. She tasted it first time in Bombay and now she learned to prepare at home.

Aate Ka Halwa : Priya prepared this on Valentines day, as it is their favorite sweet  and can be prepared in 5 minutes.
Sooji Ka Halwa: She prepared it on 9th day of Navarathri for prasad.

Aate aur Seb Ka Halwa :  The healhy desert for kids as it has wheat and apple in it! 

 Reshmi of Rasoi has sent 2 healthy halwas :
Dudhi Halwa (Bottle Gourd/Calabash halwa) : She prepared this halwa when she was in mood of having something sweet  but light! She says its refreshing and very yummy.

Apple Halwa : She prepared this halwa and surprised her unexpected guests with its super taste.

Vidhya of Sweet Karam Kapi :) has sent this very different  Kasi Halwa which is usually prepared on auspicious functions. 

Deepti from A Hint of Spice has sent the prasad which is served in Gurudware and is famous as Gurudwarewala prashad. She has few tips also with this.
From PJ of   Seduce Your Tastebuds is Banana Halwa : Bananas disappear from her dining table within no time. But this time she managed to make this yummy halwa.

Namitha of COLLABORATIVE CURRY is here with Carrot Halwa after she is back from her vacation.

Ashalatha from  "ASRA"...ASHAON KA has sent BREAD HALWA (Bread Pudding)!!!!! : She has sweet memories with this Halwa, where she tried it first time and an incident with her mother and her new sister in law! 
Bread Pudding

And here,  Nithu from Nithu's Kitchen is with 6 recipes for Halwa.
Rice Halwa : her mother's recipe which is quick and easy
Beetroot Halwa : Favorite desert of her father and father in law.
 Mixed Fruits and Bread Halwa : She has used whole wheat bread and assures you of the great taste.
Carrot and Bread Halwa : She prepared it on Tamil New year day. The carrot gives different taste to the normal bread halwa.
 Tapioca/Cassava Halwa : She tried this halwa with hesitation about the taste but it turned out great it seems. 
Asoka Halwa: A famous halwa from Tanjore district and is famous as "Thiruvaiyar Halwa"  and  is  a definite desert in the marriages.
Sooji Halwa : This was her 100th post  and her first event announcement. Her mother calls it "Ukkarai".

Sanyukta of Creative Sanyukta has sent 2 entries 
Carrot Halwa : You will love the details about carrot and cardamom with this delicious halwa she has given.
Suji ka Halwa : A very simple and tastiest halwa. Again You will know about semolina. She got patience to search it

Srividhya of vidhu's kitchen is with 4 Halwa recipes:

Microwave 5 in 1 Halwa : She tried this halwa first time and she enjoyed the amazing taste.

Wheat Halwa : Looks different and it is with less ghee but I think the taste is  yummy.

 Papaya Halwa : Very easy and tasty Halwa when papaya is around you.

Bread Halwa : One more recipe for Bread Halwa but with a different ingredient used in this. She has used green camphor or Pachai Karporam!

Neethu of  Kitchen Express has sent three lovely recipes,
BEETROOT HALWA : lovely color of this halwa will tempt any person who does not like to eat beetroot.
GAJAR KA HALWA : She prepared with her friend for their friend's marriage anniversary and were happy that her friend was surprised!
OATS HALWA :A very healthy halwa and easy to make too.

Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen has sent Nenthrapazham halwa/Plantain Fudge : After trying to make maida halwa, she prepared this guilt free halwa  which got over immediately. You will love the step by step photos.

Charitha of womens Era2008 has sent Bread halwa/Doble ka meeta : She is participating first time in any event. This Halwa can be stored in refrigerator for few days.
Umm Mymoonah from  Taste Of Pearl City has sent  Black Jaggery Halwa which is new to me!  I must try it for its new taste. She has two reasons to make this. Visit her to read about it.
One more from her blog is,
Rich Badam Halwa  which is really rich in taste and economically too, she did not wanted waste the skin which is rich antioxidant. 
Lata from Flavours and Tastes has sent this sweet and tangy Amla Halwa. I think everyone must try this unique halwa to have a real taste.

Satya from Super Yummy Recipes has sent again a different halwa(at least for me!) This is her 50th post.It is from her mom's kitchen and she has childhood memories with it. I love the color.
Next is Veena from veg junction with  DOODHI KA HALWA just for me : Check the letter on it!! It was her daughter's idea!
Priti of Indian Khana has sent 3 recipes for halwa:
 Ashok Halwa: First time,she prepared this Halwa with a thought that its tough to make. But she was happy its quite easy and tastes delicious.
Broken Wheat Halwa with Jaggery :  She prepared it on 2nd year blog anniversary. 
Third one is : Cashew & Banana Halwa which was an accidental desert. She started making something else and ended up with this delicious halwa.

Denny from Oh Taste n See   has sent these two recipes Bread Badam Halwa : which is quick, tasty and flovorful and was prepared for the pot luck party. 
Pineapple Kesari :  With less ghee she prepared it for her special friends.
Rachana from Sizzle N Spice  sent her  Kelyacha Halwa/ Banana Halwa  is a traditional Maharashtrian/ Goan recipe. This is typically made from special bananas called rajali keli/ bananas. But she couldn’t find these in any Indian grocery stores near her house. So  She Prepared it with regular ripe yellow bananas and she was happy that  it came out super delicious. 
Shabitha from  My Home Kitchen has sent the recipe for  Apple Banana Halwa : She tried this as she wanted to cook entire food in Microwave and she wanted to something interesting. 

Next is Jay from Tasty Appetite who has sent two lovely entries :
Gajar Ka Halwa : She has prepared this Halwa to celebrate her 200th post. 
Beetroot Halwa  : She prepared this lovely recipe to celebrate her first award she received.
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The last but not the least entry is from Remya of Yummy Tastebuds. Lets welcome her with sweet smile as she is new to the blogging world. Her Rava Kesari (Kesari Bath) which she tried it first time. It was very good and everyone in the family enjoyed it. 
(I thought for a minute, whether to accept her entry as the end date for the event was over! As even this is my first event, I do not really know to strictly follow the rules or not! Then I thought, its time to celebrate the sweets and lets celebrate together.)

The below are my entries for the event :

Carrot and Orange Halwa

Now, its time for me to return what I got! I am thankful to all my friends here for such a lovely support and  encouragement. And I got two friends who pushed me to take this event in my hand and go ahead. 
I still remember the last day of my last event! I was depressed so much and it was Srivalli who supported me with her kind words and made me feel better. She offered me to go ahead with Microwave event also, but I was not ready at that moment.
When the idea of holding this event came in my mind, I was hesitating to conduct it, just to avoid the failure. Then came Jagruti, who encouraged me to go ahead and she went on mailing me about my progress. She dedicated her first event to me! That was a surprise for me and I was really touched. 
SO this special Thank you card to both of them and dedicating the event to them(its my turn now!)
Its time to celebrate again. This time it is Jagruti who is CELEBRATING PEDA
Please visit her blog and again start celebrating the sweets.
Wait for my next new event announcement, this weekend. 

Once again with lot of love and thanks,
Keep Smiling,

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