Indian festivals are incomplete without a “halwa”. It is a historically interesting preparation showing a cultural span towards a number of countries in the Middle East and Europe , percolating all the way to India and its neighboring countries. Invasion or travellers could have spread this soft candy throughout the region. This lovely sweet is flour based, nut based or fruit based, sweetened with raw sugar or honey.
With the 13th century arabic cookbook as its historical base, halwa, continues to be tried with every possible vegetable, fruit, nut, and flour. As, a foodie I believe this treat is best celebrated during festivals Bringing it down to Indian festivals, it has to be during this season of Diwali. Halwa calls for one of the simplest celebration. Paired with a poori is already a celebration.
So, this Diwali, pairing up with a smart blogger, Anjali Dhawan as a guest post for her blog, ‘It’s all about food’ Anjalidhawan.wordpress.com , it brings me joy abound to share my recipe for ‘Papaya Halwa’.
I particularly like this one coz it is not so high in the sugar ( the fruit will give out a lot of sweetness) and the color that the halwa affords is unique, it makes me feel very festive.
The main ingredient being the fruit papaya with the addition of almonds makes the simple preparation lean a bit more towards health. in the current preparation I have used Unrefined sugar. You may use jaggery or palm sugar in place of it which makes it lean a bit more towards a dark brown colour.
Check out this step by step preparation and do pingback when you try it out.
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