There is no dish or ingredient start with W in Tamil cuisine and need to use some clause or English word.When I was listing the recipes for the theme,just marked wheat or wheat flour for the letter W.
After finalizing wheat or wheat flour for W, I was confused about a particular recipe.
My search for the recipe started in the last moment and looking at internet and some of my cook books.While looking at my one of my old recipe booklet this recipe caught my attention.But the the measurements I noted is for large scale.I scaled down the measurement for a cup and also referred here to get a clear idea.
Coming to the recipe its an easy and short cut method to make the wheat halwa.The method of making wheat halwa is bit lengthy as the wheat berries are soaked,ground then extracted.But using wheat flour makes the work easy and taste also almost close to original one.
I have seen wheat halwa is made in large quantities for wedding most the cooks in our hometown follows this method.
My hometown is famous for ashoka halwa and it appears in the wedding menu mostly for the breakfast.As the South Indian wedding menu needs to be so elaborate and the menu should not repeat and of course its 4 time meals for 2-3 days.Also there is a ritual of serving sweet,karam(savory),kaapi(coffee) for the snack time in the evening in most of the weddings.
For that occasion this wheat halwa is served along with either bajji or bonda along with coffee.The halwa is sliced to a perfect 2 inch square,in which the ghee drips and melt in mouth.This combo is so popular especially in Tanjore/Thanjavur district weddings. Though the process of making halwa needs lot of arm power its worth to try once in a while.Lets move on to the recipe....
- The entire cooking needs to be done in a medium flame.Otherwise the halwa turned out so lumpy.
- Addition of sugar can be increased upto 2.25 cups to get a sweeter version.
- For reheating,keep the halwa in a bowl of boiling water or MW it for 10-15 seconds..
- Continuous stirring is so important to get a nice consistency halwa.
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