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halwa for festival exchange

Bombay Karachi Halwa

The joy of exchange for the festival season.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Desserts, Snacks, Sweets and savories, Traditional
Cuisine Indian, Kids choice, Vegetarian
Servings 20 pieces


  • 0.5 cup Corn Flour
  • 3 cups drinking water
  • 3 drops food colour orange
  • 1.5 cups Sugar/brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ghee / clarified butter ( can use coconut oil too)
  • 0.25 cup cashewnuts broken into pieces
  • 0.5 tsp cardamom powder


  • On a plate or a cake tin spread a few drops of ghee and grease it well. Set aside
  • Into a deep kadai, add sugar and one cup of water and bring it to a boil over medium heat to create a sugar syrup.
  • Add broken cashews to the boiling sugar solution and stir till all the sugar dissolves.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate bowl,mix the corn flour with one cup of water and a few drops of food colour. whisk this into a lump free smooth slurry.
  • Lower the heat and stream in corn flour mixture a little at a time. Mix continuously at this stage. Add in the entire amount of the mixed slurry and still keep up with the gently mixing and folding.
  • Soon you will notice the edges bubble up and turn transparent. Fold them in and keep going with the stirring.
  • the mixture will thicken and become a bit jelly like. now it gets harder with the stirring. but keep at it,till all the corn flour turns jelly like.
  • Add in the ghee and the cardamom powder and stirring in it again... the is process will approximately take 20minutes.
  • Once it all looks glassy, pour into a greased plate. Sooth the top using a greased cake knife or a banana leaf and allow to cool.
  • Using a sharp knife cut into pieces, the shapes you like and serve.


I prefer to use a nonstick or a well seasoned cast iron pan to do the process and it is a sticky process.
The mixture may bubble up and pop all around so keep the heat in check and protect your arms.
Don't stop stirring throughout the cooking process for a smooth lump free halwa.
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