Traditional Indian Recipes

COCONUT HALWA

Coconut Halwa is a popular dessert inSouth India. It is a quickly prepared sweet.
Ingredients:

2 cups Coconut (fresh and grated)
½ cup Rice (uncooked)
½ cup Sugar
2 tsp Ghee
¼ tsp Cardamom Powder (Elaichi)
Cashews and Raisins (for Garnishing)

Procedure of Coconut halwa :

  • Wash and soak rice in enough water for 2 to 3 hours until it becomes soft.
  • Grind the soaked rice and grated coconut into a very fine paste by adding some water. But do not make it too much watery.
  • It should be like a smooth paste and keep this aside.
  • In a non-stick pan pour sugar and add some water just enough to immerse the sugar (approximately ½ cup ). Boil the sugar solution till it becomes thick.
  • Then immediately add the cardamom powder and coconut rice paste and keep stirring until it becomes thick and stick on the sides of the pan.
  • Just before turning off the flame, add ghee and mix well.
  • Great tasting coconut halwa is ready.
  • Spread the halwa on a plate. Garnish the halwa with fried cashew / raisins in a spoon of ghee.
  • Later cut into desired shapes when it becomes cool.
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