Someone asked about this awesome sweet dish on one of the foodie groups I follow on Facebook - and boy there was a lot of discussion and exchange of recipes for this dish. I started craving for some of it after reading all the posts.
This is a nice dish just like the sooji ka halwa and is yummy. It is also generally the prasad/prashad that is served at a 'Gurudwara'. A friend's grandmom (we called her Babi) had thought me how to make this a long long time ago - I had made it just once after getting the recipe and never cooked this halwa after that - ofcorse the best stuff was available at the Gurudwara close to home (back in India)
I had forgotten about this yummy stuff - Been over 8 years since I had some of this halwa - Thanks to the question asked by the person on the group and thanks to all the yummy pictures and yummy recipes posted by everyone - I craved for it - I just made it using 'Babi's' recipe. Loved having it after lunch as some dessert.
1 cup ghee (clarified butter)
1 cup wheat four (atta)
2 cups hot water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped almonds (or any other nut of your choice)
1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
In a karahi or heavy based pot warm the ghee till it melts and forms small bubbles.. Add the wheat flour and mix well on medium low heat. Keep stirring till you get a nice aroma and the flour changes color to a nice caramel one - this would take about 15 minutes. atta and mix on low heat. Add the water - be very careful as it will sizzle and water bubbles can burn your hand and fingers. Once the water is added, mix the wheat and ghee into it very well so that no lumps are formed. This will slowly start looking less watery and more like a halwa. Now add the sugar and cardamom powder and half of the chopped almonds and mix well till all the sugar is melted. Keep stirring till the halwa leaves the sides of the pan and everything comes together. Remove it into a serving dish and garnish with the balance almonds. Serve warm or at room temperature.