AATE KA HALWA



 AATE KA HALWA

Food connects people and binds religious beliefs. It plays a significant role in religious rituals and worship across the humankind in the form of sacred offerings that are different across the globe.

While religious food offerings are faith bound and are deep-rooted in tradition and practice, the spiritual endeavours and the spirits of the people who enjoin to keep those traditions generation after generation alive is remarkable.

Be it plain water, milk, honey, fruits, bread, wine, flowers, meat etc. when attached with a sense of religious devotion receives sacred handling.

One such divine dessert that has a reminisce in my memory is devouring this Aate ka halwa. This whole wheat flour pudding was offered to me at my friend's place after the ceremonial worship called pooja. It was not a traditional dessert that was prepared on a special day to finish off the meal. It was divine.

The whole process of eating this sanctified offering meant you are needed to be in meditative awareness of receiving the god's blessings and to eat with reverence and respect.

Although preparing every meal with the same consciousness requires a higher motivated self, the memory of it has surpassed my need to make it for my family.

This Aate ka halwa recipe is a jolly ride with just about 4-5 ingredients.Here is our recipe.


AATE KA HALWA
aate ka halwa recipe

Preparation time:10 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 10 servings

INGREDIENTS:
1 tbsp of ghee
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup of jaggery syrup
1 tsp of cardamom powder

For serving/garnishing few walnuts or 1 tbsp of panchmeva

METHOD:
1) In a pan, melt ghee on a medium-high. Add whole wheat flour and toast it with ghee to form a crumbly texture but with no lumps. Mix.

2) Continue roasting the flour on a low flame stirring continuously until brown and aromatic for about 7-8 mins.

3) Now add the jaggery syrup into the pan, stir and cook the flour until it thickens and becomes gelatinous.

4) Turn off the heat and add a dash of fresh cardamom powder and mix.

5) Serve hot with panchmeva or any other nuts of your choice.



NOTES:

1) I have used ghee as the fat component but any oil will do and vegans can substitute it accordingly.

2) It is made with whole wheat flour called Aata and not with refined wheat flour. Aata contains the wheat bran fibre and is brown. It is easily available in any of the Asian shops.

3) I have used dark jaggery syrup that is made by boiling 1 cup of dark jaggery with about 1.5 cups of water that lends a lovely shade of deeper brown to this dessert.

4) To add some crunch I have used a few walnuts. But generally, Panchmeva (Panch means five and meva mean dry fruits) is added into this recipe to complete that is optional and can be customised depending upon availability. It can include almonds, cashews, walnuts, raisins, foxnuts etc.

5) Generally, this dish is heavily ghee laden and the aata is deeply roasted and literally fried but keeping the health quotient as normal, I have instead used just about 1 tbsp of ghee with dark jaggery.



SERVING SUGGESTIONS:

 Lure it hot as it is straight or cut them into shapes and serve topped with some dry fruits of your choice. We enjoyed with few pieces of walnuts.

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Hasin

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Comments

  1. Another interesting and deliciously different sweets...is jaggery syrup same as coconut syrup? My mom used to make a dessert or snack using stirfried flour with sugar and fat and it tasted so good.

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    1. Angie, thanks for your comment. Jaggery syrup is made by melting jaggery in hot water and boiling it until frothy. I'm sure your mother's recipe with coconut syrup tastes good. x

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  2. Fantastic Hasin ! Keeper it is ! :-)

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  3. Wow. This looks amazing! I've never heard of it, but it sounds terrific. Love the light in the pictures. Good stuff -- thanks.

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  4. It’s looks very colourful and perfect for a sweet tooth, I will definitely give it a try!

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  5. This is such an interesting dessert. It looks like it has the texture of date paste. I bet the addition of walnuts is a delicious idea to give it a little crunch. I wonder, if one could make the roux with a bit of gluten-free flour? Might be a texture issue though?

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    1. I agree it does have a date paste texture, but it is from jaggery and there are no dates in this recipe. Actually, I do like your idea and might add dates next time. You can certainly try substituting it with Amaranth flour without compromising on the texture.

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  6. what a yummy looking dessert! I've never had it, but now I'll have to find it! Thank you for sharing!

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  7. What a beautiful and special dessert! I've had halvah but never halwa. I enjoy your site so much for learning new things!

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  8. This looks so delicious, Hasin! The color is so deep and rich that at first I thought it was chocolate! I have not heard of jaggery syrup before, but I googled it and it sounds amazing! I'm definitely going to have to try this! I love stopping by because I always learn something new, my friend! Thank you!

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  9. What an interesting dish! I've never tried Aate Ka Hawla before, but it looks so flavorful, and I like the addition of walnuts to add some crunch. Very interesting backstory, too - thanks for sharing this!

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  10. It looks wonderful, Hasin! So delicious and I just love the texture!

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  11. it certainly looks smooth and delicious. the nuts would be a great addition.
    cheers
    sherry

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  12. Oh my, Hasin.. this looks like chocolate and am so going to try it ! ❤️❤️

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  13. It looks so yummy! I am gonna try to surprise my vegan friends! Thank you and take care!! :)

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  14. This looks so delicious, Hasin! I agree with others, the addition of walnuts is such a good idea and the texture looks amazing. I'd love to try this!

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  15. This look so delicious and gorgeous. Thank you for sharing recipe. I would like to try it.

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  16. You make a really good point about the role food plays in religion. I've never thought about it like that! And this recipe sounds quite tasty, too. I've played with jaggery a little bit, but it's not as common of an ingredient around here. I'll have to look for some more so I can try this recipe!

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  17. Thanks for introducing me to this beautiful dessert! It sounds easy to make and must taste amazing!

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  18. This dish looks really rich and enticing. I've never cooked with jaggery, but Im tempted. I appreciate all your comments about food and religious beliefs, too!

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  19. This dish looks so rich and enticing. I've never cooked with jaggery before, but you're making me want to go and find some. I appreciate your comments on religion and food beliefs and preparation, too! Thanks!

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  20. wouw this food looks legit (savory sweet) because it has brown sugar syrup.
    In my country also use brown sugar but the difference here is using glutinous rice flour and its name is jenang or dodol which tastes delicious and savory n sweet.🙂

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  21. This looks delicious! I haven't heard of a few of the ingredients, so i will have to look them up and see if I can make something similar!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo

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  22. The halwa looks so delicious loaded with dry fruits and ghee Hasin and beautiful presentation loved it.

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  23. I'm always so intrigued with your recipes Hasin! The story behind this one is beautiful as well!

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  24. Looks so yummy! I love atte ka haluwa. I tried Kada prashad, which is served in Gurudwaras. And it turned out pretty good!

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  25. The halwa is looking sumptuous and I can't wait to try this version with jaggery. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Thank you for sharing such a delicious looking recipe and such a beautiful heartfelt post.

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  27. I absolutely agree, India seems to be blessed with so many varieties of food. This atte ka halwa is such a household favorite but have never tried it with jaggery syrup. Going to give it a try soon.

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  28. Hello how are you today?
    I am waiting for your next recipe.
    Stay safe
    Stay healthy there.
    Regards

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    1. I'm good, thank you! Hoping and wishing the same for you. My next recipe is up.😊

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  29. This halwa looks so rich and delicious. Jaggery gives it a beautiful color..yum

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  30. Omg, I am drooling for these Pedas, these are absolutely delicious Haisin. Using wheat flour and jaggery for making the peda is new to me, jaggery is also great sweetener when compared to sugar / condensed milk. I am definitely going to try this recipe. Thank you for this recipe.

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  31. Hi Hasin thanks for the visit, that halwa looks amazing loved the color u got there

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  32. This is new to me, but it looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for the post about it!

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  33. Aate ka halwa is always a my top choice. I love the texture and the color of your halwa. It is very eye catching hasin.

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  34. I have friends who celebrate pooja. Possibly I could have tasted this before. Its very sweet.

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  35. I love jaggery based sweets as they are comparatively less sweet and healthy. Looking at it am pretty sure it tastes awesome and divine. Hope to try this sometime. Thanks for sharing!

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