Thirunelveli Halwa -- 200 th Post !!!


Guess what ? It's my 200 th post and am so happy to reach this milestone. Thanks to all my  friends and blogger friends for their continuous support. To be frank, I's really prepared for this day and planned on making this post , a special one. I tried making halwa , the famous, thirunelveli halwa. Yep, it involves whole lot of work and u need some help for the stirring process if u decide to make a bulk quantity.


Ingredients :

Wheat berries / whole wheat -- 1 cup
Sugar -- 2 cups
Ghee --  1 1/2 cup - 2 cups
Cardamom powder -- a big pinch
Cashews -- a handful


Method :


  • Soak the wheat for minimum 36 (to 48 )hours ( refer the pic 1 ) and grind in a blender / mixie adding water.
  • Squeeze the berries and filter the milk from the grounded mixture and reserve in a seperate bowl. (just the same as taking coconut milk )
    Again put back the partially squeezed wheat into the blender and add some water. Blend / grind  and filter the milk. Repeat the process until u r done with ur ground berries.Discard the ground berries once done.. ( i.e. stop when u feel can't get anymore milk..)
  • Collect the milk and stir once and close the bowl with the lid. Now rest the milk for 1 to 2 hours ( optional , else until the milk settle down. ) (refer the pic 2. )
  • Now u may see the milk settled down and the extra water ( very thin milk ) floating on top. Slightly tilt the bowl and discard the thin milk ..( almost looks like water ..) (refer the pic 3 )


  • Heat a thick bottomed pan, preferably the pressure pan, with sugar and 1/4 cup of water and dissolve . Bring the syrup to a boil and look for one string consistency. Once u get it, add the milk to the syrup and start stirring over medium heat. Now, the milk will start solidify and thickens as u stir. 
  • Drop in the food colour and mix well. Stir the halwa without lumps over medium / medium low heat. Meanwhile, boil a cup of water and add to the halwa mixture. This step is to ensure even cooking of halwa without any lumps by delaying the solidify process. Heat a tsp of ghee in a separate pan and roast the cashews.
  • Drop in the roasted cashews to the halwa mixture , a pinch of cardamom powder and start adding ghee lil by little in equal intervals until u use the given quantity.


  • Continue stirring the halwa until the halwa starts oozing the ghee out and leaves the sides without sticking as in the pic 9. It might take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour window for stirring depends on how many cups of wheat berries used.  
Notes :
  • My friends suggested me adding half the amount of oil instead of ghee ( i.e. -- 1 cup of oil + 1 cup of ghee )
  • U may store the halwa mixture in a bowl and refrigerate during the procedure when u feel very tired. But make sure, u microwave the halwa the next day b4 u start stirring again. 
  • Measure the wheat berry milk to get the correct proportion of sugar needed. ( i.e. add 2 cups of  sugar for one cup of milk ..)
Happy eating guys,


      38 comments:

      1. Congrats for the milestone. The halwa looks gorgeous.
        I figured out while trying in my kitchen that my recipe needs more ghee. I know that the ghee gives that shimmer and extra flavor to the halwa but usually the thought itself gives me an heart attack and refrained from using it. :)

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      2. Superb post dear.Love the halwa.thanks for taking our suggestions.First picture is so gorgeous.hearty congratulations dear.

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      3. Congrats on your 200th post Thirunelveli halwa looks gorgeous. But the thought of making them at my kitchen gives me a diabetic shock.

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      4. Congrats on ur 200th post Shanavi!!!

        Halwa Arumai,superra irruku...

        Appadiye Enaku Parcel Pannunga...

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      5. Congrats on your 200th Post. Halwa looks delightful.

        Deepa
        Hamaree Rasoi

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      6. Congrats n hugs dear- Wish you and your blog a happy n long presence in the culinary world- keep up the good work!!
        Halwa looks scrumptious - I especially love the bright color n the gorgeous texture..
        US Masala

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      7. Congratulations and that really is some halwa , awesome work

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      8. Wow. Looks so delicious. Congrats on your 200th post

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      9. Congrats on the mile stone. Halwa looks so good. Nice explanation...

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      10. Congrats on your 200th post ,
        halva looks very delicious

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      11. Wow! The halwa is my fav! Yummy and lovely orange colour...

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      12. Congrats on your 200th post .Halwa looks divine

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      13. Congrats on ur 200th post and wishing u many more dear....

        Halwa looks excellent dear....

        love to try it :)

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      14. Congrads on ur 200th post...Halwa looks so tempting..

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      15. hey dear congrats on ur milestone...its surely a bigachievement....halwa is superb and ya its a good amt of work...but the result is superb.....pics aregr8

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      16. awesome try with lipsmacking result...yummy clicks dear..:)

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      17. OMMMGGGG looks perfect than a store brought..halwa...perfect demo n love it...Congrats .. pls send me ...themmm

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      18. Glossy halwa looks super irresistible,feel like having some..Congrats on ur 200th post dear,keep rocking gal..

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      19. Congrats on your 200th post Thirunelveli halwa looks gorgeous.....

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      20. Congrats on milestone post....I love that halwa....may be the procedure is long...but ultimately die for recipe....yum.....

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      21. Congrats on ur 200th post !!! halwa looks so inviting and very tempting !!

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      22. Congrats on ur 200th post..hope to c more 20000000000 soon....gorgeous halwa...

        Sanyukta
        http://creativesanyukta.blogspot.com/

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      23. Congratulations and celebrations!!!!Love this halwa..Congrats congrats again Shanavi, you rock with your great recipes and pictures, may god bless you for all you future endeavors...

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      24. congrats on your 200th post dear..wish u all the best.Halwa looks awesome,

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      25. Congrats on your 200th post. Halwa looks super delicious.

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      26. congrats Shanvi!...wonderful milestone and wishing u many more to come!...
        the halwa is awesome...I loved this halwa as a kid...bookmarking it!
        Smitha
        Smitha's Spicy Flavors

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      27. Congrats on reaching this milestone!!!!And an awesome post to celebrate this day.......simply gorgeous!!!!

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      28. Congrats on your 200th Post. ...oyeeeee it looks Amazing deeee...Dont tempt meee pa

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      29. Congrats dear..Keep Rocking!
        Perfect way to celebrate..looks so inviting,love this so much

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      30. congrats on ur milestone! the halwa looks so yummy!

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      31. வாழ்த்துகள் ஷானவி..

        ரொம்ப ரொம்ப சூப்பராக இருக்கின்றது..என்னிடம் முழு கோதுமை இல்லை...ஆனால் உடைத்தது இருக்கின்றது...அதில் செய்யலாமா..

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      32. Shanavi, all I can say is WOW! looks really gorgeous and tasty

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      33. We in mangalore call it as Godhi(wheat) halwa..and the colour will b atrasparent wheatish..

        yummy..halwa and my all time fav

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      34. Congrats!!You made it look real easy,looking chewy and delish.

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      35. Congrats and WOW ...Halwa , Yummy yummy ...

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      36. Congratulations on your 200th post! The halwa looks really irresistible.

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      37. Neatly done.. loved the tips part...

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