As Diwali is around the corner I wanted to share a sweet recipe,Tirunelveli Halwa which is popular in Tirunelveli.
Usually I make this halwa with all purpose flour but the original recipe is with the wheat.The wheat berries are soaked in water over night and grind.Here I couldn't get the wheat berries in Indian store this time I used the broken wheat(daliya).Originally the extracted wheat is left for fermentation over night or 8 hrs but I didn't do it.
As there was no helping hand,stepwise pictures are not very clear and couldn't take each and every stage.Here goes the recipe.............................................
Soaking Time ~ 4-6 hrs
Preparation Time ~ 30 minutes
Cooking Time ~ 50 minutes
Makes ~ 21/4 cups
|broken Wheat/Gothumai Rava||1cup|
|Cardamom powder/ellaki podi||1/4tsp|
Soak the broken wheat in water for 6 hours or over night.Grind it in a blender with enough water to a fine paste to extract the wheat milk.Strain it on strainer.Grind the leftover one with water for one more time and strain it.Discard the scum.
Leave the wheat milk on the counter top without disturbing for an hour.Discard the clear liquid carefully.Add 11/2 cups of water to the thick wheat milk and mix it well.Take 21/4 cups of sugar in a heavy bottom or non stick pan with 1/2 cup of water and allow it to boil it reaches single string consistency.
When the sugar is boiling meanwhile add the remaining sugar in a separate pan with 2tbs of ghee and heat it.Stir it and cramelize the sugar and keep it aside.Now add the wheat milk to the sugar syrup and mix it well.
Once the added milk becomes slightly thick and transparent, add the caramelized sugar to the mixture.Start adding the ghee slowly and stir it continuously.Continue adding the ghee slowly in regular intervals till it reaches the consistency ot till it leaves the sides of the pan.Put off the fire.
Now fry the cashews in a tsp of ghee.Add the fried cashews and cardamom powder the halwa and mix it well.
Serve it warm.
- When the halwa is reaching to the final stage stirring is little difficult but stir it continuously.
- Here I didn't use any artificial color,it got the color from the caramelized sugar.
- After extracting the milk two times discard the scum.
- Approximately I got 3 cups of thick milk after discarding the clear liquid.
- I clicked some of the pictures next day and some as soon as I finished.