My 150 th Post --- Ashoka Halwa

Guess what ? It's my 150 th post and I've changed my blog's entire look. I wanted to give this make over for a very long time and i just made it possible.. Hope u all like it..Send me ur suggestions and comments my dearies...

Today am gonna give u an authentive Thanjavur (my hometown ) recipe guys..Ofcourse it's sweet, no doubt abt it.. This is Ashoka Halwa and it's a special thanjavur delicacy. Am a big big fan of Ahoka halwa. Actually we had a Iyengar bakery rt outside my street and they make such awesome bakes n treats . Also  this yummylicious halwa too.. That time it was around for 10 rupees. My mom would give us 10 rs twice a week and i would fly around there and waiting n the queue ,to grab these halwa  hot hot..They just keep this halwa in the banana leaf and seal .. But those ghee will be running everywhere around the parcel and ofcourse my hands. Still can't forget those days !!!! .  I like to have this delicacy esp when it's hot..omg..awesome. I hear there are lot more versions of making this now, but I'm told the version i'm gonna give u , is the original recipe. Some may add wheat flour, maida /all purpose , and that is purely to increase the quantity such as in marriage,receptions, any get togethers. Actually I called my mom few weeks ago to find out the original recipe. We've a 80 + year old paatima who lives near by assured that , it's prepared in the following way .... Thanks to the Big Lady..




Ingredients :

Moong dhal -- 1 cup
Milk -- 2 cups (preferably whole milk )
Sugar -- 2 cups
Cashews -- 1 tbsp
Almonds -- 1 tbsp
Ghee -- 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder -- a pinch
Salt -- a pinch
Saffron colour -- as reqd

Method :

Dry roast the moong dhal for a minute just to take off the raw smell and cool it. Wash the dhal and cook with 2 cups of milk for 3 whistles. In the mean time dissolve the sugar with 1/4 cup of water in a karahi and keep it ready. When the dal is cooked, immeditely open the cooker and mash it using a hand blender or using the back of the spatula. Otherwise,the dal might get solidify and it is difficult to add in the sugar. Now transfer the mashed dhal mixture into the dissolved sugar. Combine well until everything comes together as a mass in a medium low flame. Add a pinch of salt now and mix well. Keep on stirring this mixture in medium flame and add the ghee little by little and mix it.Add the saffron colour as well. Fry the cashews and almonds seperately in a tsp of ghee ,keep aside. Stir the ashoka halwa until it starts leaving the sides. It's the right time to add ur fried nutes and the cardamom powder. Mix well and take off from the stove.. (the whole stirring process might not take more than 4 minutes,so keep an eye on ur halwa, else ur halwa would be hard and crystalised..)

Ur yummylicious halwa is ready to gobble !!!!






Sending this entry to Umm Mymoonah  of Taste of pearl City for the weekly series ..Anyone can cook



Happy eating guys !!!

27 comments:

  1. hearty congratulations .....wonderful looking halwa.....

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  2. Congrats on your milestone dear..May u grow everyday n reach heights.!!

    Halwa looks so rich n decadent..YUM!!

    US Masala

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  3. first Congrates on your 150th post ..... Asakaati mosam panura.... ippave senchi sapatuthan maruvellai

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  4. Congrats on ypur 150th post...what a tempting and drooling halwa....they look awesome!

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  5. Congrats on your 150th posts, this asoka halwa looks delicious.

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  6. Shanavi, congrads.. like the new look.. and loved the halwa.. really slurpp.. slurppp..

    ammaandbaby.blogspot.com/

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  7. Congrats dear on your 150th post,halwa looks super delicious,drooling.

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  8. Looks yummy and seems different. jelly texture gives much more taste to halwa.

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  9. Love the new looks and congrats on ur 150th post :)
    the halwa looks really slurpy :)
    Hey i shared an award with u.. please follow this link :)
    http://tahemeemshaik.blogspot.com/2011/02/its-raining-awards.html

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  10. Slurp! in deed...looks awesome and nice clicks..I have come on right time to your blog it seems ;)..Congrats on your 150th post and wish you many more ....thanks for visiting my blog...glad to follow u

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  11. Congrats on ur 150th post Shanavi...delicious halwa ... luv the colour

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  12. Hearty congrats for ur 150th post...ur blog baby looks beautiful n that halwa looks awesome...yummy
    Super Yummy Recipes

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  13. Congrats on the 150th post Shanavi Ashoka halwa looks delicious.

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  14. looks superb... congrats and keep rocking..
    Reva

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  15. Congrats on ur 150th post Shanavi, keep rocking gal..Ashoka halwa is one of my most favourite halwa after the famous karaikal wheat halwa, love that glossy halwa..

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  16. Congratulations on your 150 th post. WOW...very delicious looking halwa. Thanks for sharing...bookmarked the recipe!

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  17. looks delectably yum shanavi-- i wanted to make this for my 100 th post, but somehow it never happened ! anyways truly loving it ! and hey tanjore is ur hometown-glad to know it, kumbakonam is where i was born and my grandparents still stay there---so yay we r one step closer !!!

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  18. Congrats on the 150th post..
    Halwa looks too rich n yummy...
    Especially the last click ..its sooo inviting

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  19. Congrats Shanavi and great looking halwa.

    I loved the new look, i have been wanting to do some changes for a really long time on my template, but it has just not happened yet :-P

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  20. congrats on ur 150th post!!..halwa looks awesome..

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  21. Congarts on your milestone..Ashoka halwa looks so delicious..lovely color too.

    1st time here..loved the recipes, blog and gald to follow you.

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  22. First congratulations on your 150th post, and next Wow! I;m so much craving for that halwa now, looks so delicious. Thank you for sending it to Any One Ca Cook :)

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  23. Congrats and wish you many more to come. Lovely halwa.

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  24. congrats on ur 150th post dear..wish u many more like this..halwa is so tempting n nice colour..

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  25. Congrats on ur milestones...
    Very inviting and delicious halwa!!

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  26. Congrats. Really I want to slurp that halwa.

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  27. hearin abt ths fr the frst time...lovely..wud gve a try...happy to follow u...

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