An authentic halwa from tamil nadu , nellai district which very popular for its delicious taste and made with wheat berries
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Thirunelveli halwa is my all time fav , as a kid i used to love the jelly like transparent halwa which my friends used to share with me at school . Thirunelveli halwa is a famous halwa from thirunelveli, tamil nadu . The one shop which sells this famous halwa with perfect texture and taste is Iruttu kadai . This halwa is generally made with wheat berries with is soaked over night and the next day the milk from it is extracted . The extracted milk is then cooked in sugar syrup and ghee till they are transparent and leaves the sides of the pan. This halwa when you make in large quantity needs a lot of muscle to stir them continuously but here as we made in small quantity it is a bit less hard work needed. This glossy looking halwa just melts in our mouth bursting all the delicious sweet taste and this one is very healthy for growing kids . Adults might watch out for the calories but you can enjoy them some days .we taotally enjoyed all the yummy recipes I made from nalini’s collection and My fav was thirunelvelli halwa and Murungakai thakali kozhambu :) I will post the rest of the recipes soon :) Thanks to nalini for sharing such delicious recipe and Hope you like this yummy treat Nalini :)
Recipe Source : Nalini’s Kitchen
Broken Wheat/ Gothumai Rava -1 cup
Ghee – 11/4 cup
Cashews -2-3 tbs(broken)
Cardamom powder- 1/4 tsp
Red color – few drops ( Optional)
Soak the broken wheat in water for 6 hours or over night.
In a blender grind broken wheat with enough water to a fine paste to extract the wheat milk.
Strain the milk and grind the leftover broken wheat one with some more water strain it again.
Discard the scum if any .
Keep the wheat milk on the counter top without disturbing for an hour.
Discard the clear liquid formed on the top.
Add 11/2 cups of water to the thick wheat milk and stir them well .
In a pan put 2 cups of sugar 1/2 cup of water and allow it to boil it reaches single string consistency.
When the sugar is boiling in one side meanwhile add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a separate pan with 2 tbsp of ghee and heat it.
Stir it and caramelize the sugar and keep it aside.Now add the wheat milk to the sugar syrup and mix it well.
The milk will thicken and becomes transparent, add the caramelized sugar to the mixture and few drops of red color ( optional ).
Add ghee in regular intervals and stir the halwa continuously.
Add ghee till it reaches the consistency where it leaves the sides of the pan.
Roast the cashews in ghee till it turn slight brown.
Add the fried cashews and cardamom powder the halwa and mix it well. Enjoy them warm.
Get the Recipe: Thirunelvelli Halwa