Tirunelveli Halwa - Diwali Sweet for Tamizhar Samayal Tuesday

Some of you know that we group of friends started an event named Tamizhar Samayal Tuesday and showcasing the popular recipes in Tamilnadu on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays.
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.............................................

Basic Information

Soaking Time ~ 4-6 hrs
Preparation Time ~ 30 minutes
Cooking Time ~ 50 minutes
Makes ~ 21/4 cups


broken Wheat/Gothumai Rava1cup
Cashews/mundiri paruppu2-3tbs(broken)
Cardamom powder/ellaki podi1/4tsp


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.
Linking to Diwali Bash 2013 event happenings at Cooks Joy and Diwali Delicacies Event at Spicy Treats  and Priya's Versatile Recipes.


wow... Superb halwa aks... my favorite halwa... Very yummy

Super, muyarchi seyya yosithen, neenga arumaiyaga seythitteenga.mouth watering here.

Wonderful..you brought the same brown color of tirunelveli halwa...awesome..

Awesome and lovely halwa, I love this halwa its so tempting...

Omg, wat a fantastic halwa,love the colour..just irresistible Nalini.

looks so tasty and well made.

u made it perfect and wonderful post with clear explanation...

wow..super tempting and delicious halwa Nalini, well done :)

brilliant work nalini.. tis s not a easy task.. bful n mouth watering..

omg fabulous thirunelvelli halwa :) looks so inviting !! making me drool now ... Its been ages I had this sweet :) Parcel me some dear ;)

Halwa looks just like the ones u get in stores dear... Yum

Looks very delicious and yummy.

Omg, wat a fantastic halwa,love the color..just irresistible Nalini.

Such a traditional dessert. Very well presented.

Hi Thanks for the recipie. I tried it out and every thing came out as expected except that I feel the wheat milk hasnt been cooked well and i was getting the raw smell of wheat. Can you tell me where i went wrong?

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