10 Halwa Recipes For All Occasions

“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 

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    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 

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    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 

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    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 

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    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 

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    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 

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    Chana Dal has better taste when compared to other pulses. It is flavoured with cardamom, saffron and is slow cooked in ghee.

  • Kashi Halwa 

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    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 

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    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 

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    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 

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    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.

Navratri Vrat Recipes

The literal meaning of Navratri is 9 nights. During this period, 9 forms of goddess Shakti are worshiped throughout India. There are 4 major Navratris but only two are celebrated. The first is ‘Chaitra Navratri’ that comes in summers (March-April) and second is ‘Sharad Navratri’ that comes in winters (Oct-Nov).

During Navratri, many people do fasting in Northern and Western India. It is said that it is a great time to make spiritual progress and purify your body and mind.

The recipes for fasting are similar to those that of Janmashtami, Mahashivratri and Ekadashi. In this post, we will cover some of the great recipes for Navratri Vrat.


Grains and Flours used for Navratri Fast

  1. Singhare ka atta: Using this, you can make paratha, singhare ki poori, halwa and pakoras.
  2. Kuttu ka atta: Some good recipes include, paratha, halwa, poori and pakora.
  3. Rajgira(Amarnath) Ka Atta: Dishes that can be made include pooris, paratha, vrat ka halwa and thalipeeth.
  4. Sama Ke Chawal Ka Atta: Using this, you can make vrat ke uttapam, dosa, idli and pooris.
  5. Vrat Ke Chawal: Dishes include pulao, dalia, kheer, dosa, idli and upma.

Vegetables Allowed For Fasting

  1. Potatoes: You can make halwa, jeera aloo, dahi aloo and vrat ke aloo.
  2. Pumpkin: Some good recipes include kaddu ki sabzi, khatta meetha kaddu sabzi , pakoras and halwas.
  3. Shakarkandi(Sweet Potato): One can make tikki, halwa or chaat.
  4. Arbi(Colocasia): Many dishes can be made from arbi including dahi arbi, sukhi arbi, arbi cutlet and arbi tikki.
  5. Raw Banana: One can make banana fries, banana chips and sabzi.
  6. Raw Papaya: One can make salad or papaya halwa.

New Year Special: 10 Halwa Recipes

On this occasion of New Year, we bring to you different styles and variations of Halwas that are made in India.

Halwa is a delicious pudding prepared from fruits, vegetables and cereals. This Indian pudding is usually made in ghee which gives it a very good taste. Many dry fruits such as almonds, pistachios, cashews and raisins are added to halwa making it very rich.

Halwa is best enjoyed with a combination of aloo and poori. It is a favorite festive food of India. Some halwa recipes like suji and banana halwa are served as prasads on religious occasions.

  1. Gajar Ka Halwa


Gajar Ka Halwa is the king of halwas. This Indian dessert is prepared with grated carrots & milk. It is perfect for any occasion or season.


Gajar Ka Halwa Recipe


  1. Suji Ka Halwa

Suji Ka Halwa

Suji ka Halwa is a semolina pudding and is flavored with saffron. It is one of the most popular halwa recipe for festive season.


Suji Ka Halwa Recipe


  1. Rava Kesari


Rava Kesari is a very popular South Indian dessert made of semolina, dry fruits, saffron and ghee. It’s the North Indian counterpart of Suji Ka Halwa.


Rava Kesari Recipe


  1. Moong Dal Halwa

Moong Dal Halwa

It’s a popular recipe from North India made of mung lentils.


Moong Dal Halwa Recipe


  1. Banana Halwa

Banana Halwa

Banana Halwa, Banana Sheera or Banana Semolina pudding is best served as Prasad during Ganesh Puja, Devi Puja or Satynarayan Puja.


Banana Halwa or Banana Sheera Recipe


  1. Badam Halwa


The badam halwa is filled with the flavor of almonds. It is perfect for those who love almonds.


Badam Halwa Recipe


  1. Lauki ka Halwa


This is a very delicious and healthy halwa prepared with bottle gourd.


Lauki ka Halwa Recipe


  1. Papaya Halwa

Papaya Halwa

Papaya Halwa is a vegan Indian dessert made of semi ripe papaya. It is perfect for religious and fasting days.


Papaya Halwa Recipe


  1. Shakarkandi Halwa or Sweet Potato Halwa


This delicious halwa is made with mashed sweet potato, boiled with saffron and cardamom. It can be prepared for religious occasions.


Shakarkandi Halwa Recipe


  1. Apple Halwa

Apple Halwa

Apple Halwa is a very light dessert. It is perfect for a dessert after a good meal.


Apple Halwa Recipe

Happy New Year!!!

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