• Atte ka Halwa

    Atte ka Halwa

    Navratri has started this year and will continue for 9 consecutive days . Navaratri falls twice every year; once is Chaitra or Vasant Navratri and the one is Sharad Navratri. The festival of Goddess Durga is celebrated with great fervour and joy. People worship Goddess Jagdamba during Navratri in Gujarat and in West Bengal, devotees pray to Goddess Durga. Many devotees fast for nine days and have fruits or sweet dish once a day during the fast.
    Halwa is one of the traditional Indian sweet dishes that is prepared in almost all the occasions. It is believed Ma Jagdamba bestows her blessings on devotees with the most simple offerings of halwa-puri. There are a variety of halwa recipes that can be prepared using different ingredients like wheat flour, suji (semolina), almonds or moong dal. During Navratri halwa that is largely prepared and also offered as Prasad to the Goddess is wheat flour halwa also called Atte ka halwa.

     

    Ingredients for Atta/wheat flour- 2 cups Sugar- 2 cups Cardamoms- 2-4 (powdered) Cashew nuts- 6-7 (halved) Almonds- 4-5 (halved) Raisins- 4-5 Ghee- 1 cup Water- 1 cup

    Steps to prepare atte ka halwa are discussed below in detail-


    • Pour ghee in a frying pan and heat it well. Add atta and mix it well when the ghee in the pan is hot.
    • Roast the atta on a medium flame for 4-5 minutes unless the flour looks golden brown in colour.
    • When the flour turns dark golden brown, pour water slowly and stir it continuously so that atta doesn’t get lumps.
    • After stirring it for 2-3 minutes till the water is absorbed by the flour add sugar (as per taste) and saute well. To ensure that the sugar melts easily stir continuously.
    • Put the pan off flame once the atte ka halwa looks cooked. Sprinkle powdered cardamom and dry fruits (cashew nuts, almonds and rasins).

     

    Atte ka halwa is ready to eat. Serve it hot with bhujia or puri.

    Tip: 1tbsp besan can also be added with atta. Use milk instead of water as per your preference. To avoid dairy smell make sure the milk is boiled and evaporated.

    Rishta wheat and Rishta besan are a good choice for the preparation. Rishta houses a number of products that rich in taste and nutritional value. Apart from Atta and besan Rishta also makes Sooji with which a variety of sweet dishes can be prepared and savoured with great delight. To know more about Rishta products visit Risshta dil se… hamesha