>> Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Now when it comes to Halva esp., Semolina Halva, then I've lots of sweet childhood memories linked with it. The most memorable one is during Ganesh Chaturthi.. Every morning, after puja, mom will offer "Halva" to Lord Ganesh.. Believe me guys, the house will be full of aroma and you can't simply resist this.. But the worst part is that we need to study for 2 hrs to get the halva as "Prashad".. And the best part is when Mom distribute Halva among three of us, my brother will start complaining.. "Mom, U gave more halva to Di!" Hehahaa... I love it... Before he completes complaining, Halva will be all inside my mouth... ;) I still cherish those moments when I used to tease my brother for Halva.. Well, mom divide halva in equal parts but my brother was never convinced with this... Whatever! I felt this teasing used to add more flavor to Halva...
Also, lemme tell u guys.. I'm writing this post while having my bowl full of halva.. And it tastes awesome! This one is having almonds in it along with semolina... I got this recipe from Sanjeev Kapoor's Sweet Encounters.
So here we go!
Semolina - 1 cup
Almonds - 1 cup, coarsely powdered
Clarified Butter - 1 1/2 tbsp
Milk - 2 cup
Green Cardamom Pwd - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 2 cup
Almonds to garnish
Heat 1 tbsp of clarified butter in pan and add powdered almond and semolina into it. Fry on low-medium heat till semolina turns golden brown and releases a nice aroma... Keep mixing it periodically so that it browns evenly. This may take around 15 mins, so have patience!
Add sugar and mix well. Now add milk and stir well so that no lumps are formed. Keep on stirring periodically so that milk doesnot stick to bottom of pan.
When it starts simmering, pour remaining butter and mix again. Sprinkle cardamom powder and stir again.
Keep stirring until the halva thickens and will dry. Remove from heat.
Serve in small bowls garnished with almonds. Serve hot or cold. But I prefer hot...!
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