(Last Updated on : 22/03/2017)
Halwa is a rich comforting Indian dessert
, made with ghee, very flavourful and extremely luscious and delectable to taste. The ingredients in Halwa are grated finely and fried in ghee
. Nuts and milk
may also be added. Halwas have the consistency of a very thick pudding. Halwa is traditionally prepared for most auspicious religious functions, festival
and special parties. Indian cuisine is talented in making numerous varieties of halwa that one can make from flour, nuts, vegetables
, lentils, fruits
Etymology of Halwa
"Halwa" is the name given to a huge range of sweets
made in the Middle East, Central Asia and India. The word itself comes from the Arabic word for sweet
, "Hulw". Halwa is called by different names such as halawa, halvah, halva, halua, etc.
Origin of Halwa
In the 7th century; Halwa was a date paste that was kneaded with milk, which eventually evolved into other forms including stiffer confections made with wheat
or semolina flour and sweetened with fruit paste, syrup or honey and flavoured with nuts, spices
or even rose water
Types of Halwa
Gajar ka Halwa
and Suji ka Halwa are two most popular variety of halwa often prepared during festivals, religious events and celebrations. Other varieties of Halwa are Bread Halwa, Maida Halwa, Besan Halwa or Groundnut Halwa. Halwa is popular in a lot of cultures and is made with a variety of ingredients like carrot, bottle gourd, semolina, almonds or raisins, etc.
Halwa is also prepared during festivals like Holi
and is served as prasad in temples
and various religious occasions.
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