“Halwa” is a word that automatically brings a smile on everyone’s face. It is a sweet dish, brown in colour, gooey and full of ghee. It is easy to eat and prepare. It is the food for nursing mothers and toddlers. It is a very healthy and delicious dish. The dish has been with us since our grandmother’s time.
Many people think that halwa originated in Arabia while most people associate it to Turkey. Some people think that it came to India with Mughals and from here it spread to the rest of world. It is believed that halwa travelled to Balkans from India and its followers increased through United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Greece and other Mediterranean countries.
According to historians, halva is very old and originated 3000 years ago. Many people are of the opinion that the mention of gummy, sweet and greasy dish can be found in early references of Istanbul. The word halava is Arabic. It originated from the word hilwa, which means sweet dish/sweetmeat. The word Halva had travelled a lot and was renamed halava(Sanskrit), halawa(Egypt), Makedonikos Halvas(Greece), halvah(Hebrew), hilwa or halawi(Arabia), helva(Turkey) and halva(India).
In this article, we have collected top 10 Halwa recipes:-
- Sooji Ka Halwa
Sooji Halwa is a very simple, common and delicious recipe. It is very easily prepared and is known by different names including Rava Kesari, Rava Sheera etc. It is prepared with a lot of nuts including cashews, almonds etc.
- Aate Ka Halwa
Aate Ka Halwa is prepared with wheat flour in Northern states. Halwa-Puri is a great combination for snacks and breakfast. Dry fruits and nuts are added to it to make it delicious. This Halwa is commonly offered at Gurudwaras as Karah Prasad.
- Moong Dal Halwa
This dish originated in Rajasthan. Moong Dal ka Halwa is prepared for special occasions including Holi, Diwali and weddings. Moong Dal Halwa is prepared with a lot of ghee and is rich in taste.
- Gajar Halwa
Carrot Halwa was first prepared in North India and Pakistan during Mughal rule. The dish is very popular with diabetics as it is low in sugar and less preparation time. The dish is prepared with grated carrots and the garnishing is done with nuts.
- Dudhi Halwa
It is also known as lauki ka halwa. It can be prepared very fast. It is prepared with grated bottle gourd, khoya and milk. It is flavoured with cardamom. To make the halwa crunchier and tastier, dry fruits can be added to it.
- Chana Dal Halwa
Chana Dal has better taste when compared to other pulses. It is flavoured with cardamom, saffron and is slow cooked in ghee.
- Kashi Halwa
This Udupi recipe made its appearance in Mangalore area. It is prepared with ash gourd. The ash gourd, which is grated is cooked in sugar and ghee and garnishing is done with almonds, raisins, cashews and pista.
- Sohan Halwa
This Halwa originated in Pakistan. The dish is prepared with fine corn flour and the flavouring is done with saffron. This sweet is very delicious melts in your mouth.
- Ragi Halwa
This Halwa is very healthy. It is prepared with ragi cooked in coconut milk. It is sweetened with sugar, jaggery and is very popular in Southern India.
- Karachi Halwa
This dish, which originated in Karachi, Pakistan, and moved to Punjab and Bombay. It is prepared with corn flour and butter. This jelly is very delicious.