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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Godhumai Halwa / Wheat Halwa

Wheat Halwa / Godhumai Halwa is very famous throughout India. People of different parts of India have their own version of Wheat Halwa. But in Tamil Nadu preparation of Godhumai Halwa means, making the Halwa using the milk extracted from the wheat berries.









I have seen in many marriages and functions in Chettinad, the cooks soak the wheat berries and grind it using the Aattukal. Extract milk from it and prepare the Halwa. The cooks always insist for Samba Godhumai variety, a variety of wheat, which has a rough texture and is not much used to make the chapathi flour. But Samba Godhumai has a peculiar and a nutty taste and so is very well suited for Halwas. 


And I have seen the cooks working hard to prepare it.  From that day I have been always scared to make it, thinking that it is a huge process and needs a lot of help.  But then I love to eat when it is served in the functions and wait for it. And now its my Sons turn. 



Somedays back I saw a very easy version of this in Sharmis Passion. She had used wheat flour to extract the milk and this made the process much simpler. So thought of giving it a try.



This month Priya had chosen Sharmis Passion for the Tried and Tasted Event. So I wanted to make use of this opportunity to thank Sharmi for the easy recipe.



Ingredients

Wheat Flour - 1 cup
Sugar - 2 cups
Ghee - 2 1/2 cups
Cardamom Powder - 1/2 t.sp
Food Colour - 1 pinch
Fried Nuts - 1/8 cup



Method


  1. Knead the wheat flour to a soft dough using some water.
  2. Now place the dough in a container and cover it with about 2 to 3 cups of water.
  3. Let it rest for the night.
  4. Next day, completely dissolve the dough in the water using your hands till there are no more lumps left.
  5. Drain this liquid using a strainer. Discard the gluten, after straining the milk.
  6. Leave the milk to rest in the container for about 1/2 hr to 1 hr.
  7. The thick milk will settle down and a layer of water will be seen up.
  8. Try to discard this layer of water slowly without disturbing the settled milk.
  9. Now in a non-stick pan heat the sugar with about 1/4 cup of water.
  10. Let the sugar form the single string consistency.
  11. Once the right consistency is reached add the thick wheat milk and keep stirring.
  12. Slowly it will start getting thicker.
  13. In the meanwhile slightly warm up the ghee in a different vessel and keep it ready.
  14. Once you have reached the porridge consistency start adding the ghee about 2 to 3 tb.sp at a time and keep stirring.
  15. Add the colour and keep mixing.
  16. Keep on stirring and adding the ghee slowly. Everytime you add the ghee and stir it will be absorbed, then again add ghee and stir.
  17. At a point of time the whole mass will start moving together.
  18. At this time add in the Cardamom Powder and roasted nuts and keep stirring.
  19. Keep stirring and adding ghee.
  20. Slowly it will start oozing out the ghee.
  21. At this stage you can stop adding the ghee. But keep stirring. Stir till it has reached the Halwa consistency and its raw smell or raw taste :) has gone/vanished. When you are able to make a ball, that means the Halwa consistency has reached.
  22. Transfer it in another vessel, serve hot or cold.
  23. You can also pour it into a tray and cut into pieces.
  24. In the whole process do not stop stirring. When the final stage is nearing it becomes hard to stir, but do not leave keep stirring.
  25. And there the excellent Godhumai Halwa is ready in a easy way.





Sending this to my announcement post of the Tried and Tasted Event in Kitchen Chronicles and to Priyas Versatile Recipe who is hosting the Tried and Tasted Event this month.





And this delicious Halwa is also going to
Kids Delight - Dessert event hosted by Veg Nation. The event was started by Srivalli of At Spice your life.
Foodabulous Fest hosted by Preeti's Kitchen Life.
Hot Beverages and Desert within 45 minutes hosted by Just Cooking N Baking
Manasi of A Cook @ Heart is holding a event called "I Must Make That" and she also has a giveaway. And after seeing her announcement I realized that the CupoNationIndia is catching up faster. And so sending this entry to her.
and to the Sweet Luv - CJ#4 hosted by Cooks Joy




9 comments:

Swasthi Blank said...

Lovely color, good clicks and nice presentation

Shree Kanneppady said...

Wow, very interesting method to prepare yummy wheat halwa..

Thankx for linking it into my blog event.

Shree
http://easycooknbake.blogspot.com/2012/12/event-announcement-hot-beverages-and.html

Priya said...

Who will say no to this glossy,super irresistible halwa, beautiful presentation.

Thanks for sending Lakshmi.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow the halwa looks great...thanks for trying and am glad that you liked it :)

preeti garg said...

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Manasi said...

I came here thru FB and I am so glad I did.
The halva looks so, so good! Lovely color and so well presented.

Manasi said...

Thank you! It is a LOVELY entry!

Vardhini said...

Tempting halwa and lovely presentation.

Anonymous said...

i want to try this recipe, can you please post a phot of how you mixed dough in water, i am not getting that point, can u show how it looks