Oct 23, 2014

Cornflour Halwa ~ Halwa Recipes

I wish all my Readers a very Happy Diwali! As you know it is very rare that Sweets spur from my kitchen. Usually I am not up to make Sweets as i don't have Sweet Tooth. But for some reason this year I have been craving for Sweets, call it stress or emotional eating, watever it is, that made me try some sweets this year. Lucky you, Sweet Lovers! :-) So for this Diwali, I am bringing the Cornflour Halwa to sweeten your teeth and wishing you all to have a Safe and Sound Holiday! This Halwa is very simple to make with less ingredients that are readily available in your pantry and made in microwave and ready in 20 minutes. What else you need ask for? This is perfect to make when you hear the knock on the door from those special guests tried to surprise you! I have adapted this recipe from Rak's Kitchen and adjusted some ingredients to suit my family needs. Here is my version of the recipe, Njoy!
Corn Flour Halwa
Adapted from: Rak's Kitchen

Corn Flour  - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 1/2 cup
Water - 2 cups
Cardamom (Elachi) Powder - 1 tsp
Ghee - 3 Tbsp
Nuts -  10 - 15 (  Cashew and Pistachio)
Food Color - a pinch (Red or Orange or Yellow)


  1. Take a medium microwave safe bowl  (Glass Bowl is preferred) and mix the Corn Flour and Sugar well so that no lumps are there. Slowly start adding water and keep on mixing the flour so that you will get like batter consistency. Add food color to mixture mix it well until in incorporates well and making the whole batter colorful. ( I have used Orange Color in mine)
  2. Heat this mixture in Microwave for 6 minutes. in between at 3 min interval take it out and mix it well with spatula so that it won't stick to the bottom.
  3. Meanwhile crush 2 cardamom pods ( discard the skin) and make fine powder. Finely chop Cahew and Pistachio nuts into small pieces. Heat 1 Tbsp of Ghee and fry the chopped nuts until semi gold color and keep them aside ( you don't want to roast the nuts for this recipe, so be careful when you are frying the nuts).
  4. Now keep the Halwa again in microwave for another 6 minutes for second time. Now for every 2 minutes take it out and mix it or fold it from top to bottom ( this helps the heat to spread evenly, otherwise your edges will be too soft and center becomes stiff). You will start noticing the thick and firm halwa consistency is forming at this time. 
  5. Once you are done 6 minutes, take it out and add cardamom (elachi) powder and nuts and mix it well.  
  6. Take a wide plate and grease with 1 Tbsp of Ghee. Transfer the Halwa to plate spread evenly by pressing with Spatula ( use remaining Ghee here, that helps your spatula not to stick and allows to spread easily). Now let Halwa completely cool down for at least 30 to 60 minutes. 
  7. Once it cools down cut into squares or diamonds and enjoy right away.

  • It stores good outside for 2 days. If you refrigerate the taste and texture changes. It's recommend to eat fresh. 
  • I have used orange color, you can use red or yellow as well
  • Easy way to remember the ingredients in this recipe is  ( 1 : 3 : 4), 1 part corn flour starch, 3 parts sugar and 4 parts water. You can easily scale the ingredients with this ratio if you have make bit batch.
  • When ever the nuts get under your teeth it tasted amazing, next time when i make I will be adding more nuts so that in every bite i will get more nuts. I am nut freak, esp I like nuts in sweets, if you are like me, then go for it and double your nuts measure in this recipe. 
  • And I am warning this is not a very healthy recipe as it uses Corn Starch and lot of Sugar. Don't rely on this to make it as a quick fix dessert for your kids, But once in a while it is okay to make it for festivals. 

Take a close peek, Look at that Glossy Texture!
Check out all other Halwa Recipes and More Sweets....!

Wish you all a very Happy Diwali! Have a safe and sound Holiday!
See you soon here, until then take care!

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