Thursday, November 8, 2012

Godhumai Halwa / Wheat Halwa Recipe (Tirunelveli Halwa) | Diwali Sweets Recipes

Wheat Halwa Recipea
Godhumai Halwa has always been a dream for me to make it. The traditional method of making godhumai / tirunelveli halwa makes use of samba wheat....taking milk from wheat berries but this is one of the easy methods using wheat flour with no compromise in taste. When it comes to halwa nothing can beat the taste of tirunelveli halwa....yummy is an understatement I say.... Hope I've done justice to the pics :)
Wheat Halwa Recipe
I cudnt handle stirring all myself along with clicking the steps and amma held a helping hand :) When I saw the shining glowing halwa, cudnt resist at all, it was that delicious and had a thumps up from all of them who tasted it including my best friend who said it is more delicious than badam halwa :) I had no plans of adding food color as I wanted the natural color but then while stirring I felt the color was too dull that it will be pale for the pics so added just a small pinch :) Except for stirring part I would say there is no risk factor involved in this halwa like other burfis.

Godhumai Halwa Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 7 hrs soaking time | Cooking Time : 40 mins | Makes : 3/4 cup
Recipe Category: Sweet | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Wheat Flour - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Melted Ghee - 1 and 1/4 cups (+ 2 to 3 tsp)
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Cashewnuts - 1 tbsp broken
Warm Water - 1 cup(for soaking) + water - 1/4 cup
Orange Food color - a pinch (optional)

Method:

  1. Take wheat flour and add water little by little to form a stiff dough. Soak the dough in 1 cup of warm water atleast for 5-7 hours - I soaked it overnight. Then mix the dough well with your hands till the dough is completely dissolved without any lumps.
    How to make rajma masala - Step1
  2. Then strain the milk using a strainer and discard the leftout scum. Leave the milk to rest for sometime....Next, discard the top most clear liquid, without disturbing the settled milk(this step is optional but helps in saving time to get the final halwa stage). Fry the cashews in ghee and set aside.
    How to make rajma masala - Step2
  3. Take a heavy bottomed pan(I used my nonstick pan)Boil sugar with 1/4 cup water until it reaches a single thread consistency. Then add the wheat flour milk.
    How to make rajma masala - Step3
  4. Keep stirring...once it reaches the porridge stage start adding ghee may be 2-3 tbsp.
    How to make rajma masala - Step4
  5. Next it starts to look more transparent, add the food color and keep stirring. Add ghee and keep stirring it absorbs the ghee fast.More stirring and you will reach a consistency where it will come together as a whole mass.
    How to make rajma masala - Step5
  6. Keep stirring and add the remaining ghee....once it reaches halwa like consistency add the cashews, cardamom powder give a quick stir. Slowly it starts leaving ghee at the sides,try to roll a ball and it will easily form a ball this is the stage you should switch it off.
    How to make rajma masala - Step6
I am sure the ones we get in shops has more ghee and sugar in it. But I felt completely satisfied with the homemade version.
Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can even grease a tray and pour it and cut into pieces.
  • And it wasnt easy to stir at the mid final stages when it starts to thicken. So I asked amma to stir and I clicked the pictures :)
  • Even after adding the 1 and 1/4 cups of ghee, I felt it needed more so added extra 2 to 3 tsps to get the correct consistency.
  • You can keep it outside for 2 days after that refrigerate it. When refrigerated it will become slightly hard just heat it up while serving.
  • If you are trying for the first time, just try for 1/2 or 1 cup so that you get to know the tactics of stirring.
  • Dont add ghee fully add it in intervals.
Godhumai Halwa Recipe


Written by: SHARMILEE J

59 comments:

  1. Delicious Sharmi! Great work!!! Came out very well.

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  2. Perfectly made Wheat halwa and this is my favorite halwa and Sharmilee hats off to you for making it so perfect and makes me want to make some now :)

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  3. awesome sharmi..will try this soon

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  4. Super yum..shld give it a try :)clicks tempts more!!!

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  5. Interesting.. we generally take the wheat milk from the wheat berries... you are using the flour!! looks very tempting..
    as usual very helpful stepwise...
    Sowmya

    Ongoing Event - CWF - Whole Wheat Flour

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  6. Highly tempting glossy halwa, wish i get few spoons rite now.

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  7. Hello Sharmi, sorry I did not understand the 1st step. Should I leave the dough to rest overnight in the tight ball stage or in the watery stage?

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  8. So very tempting halwa and nice shortcut to use wheat flour

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  9. @Milee : Soaked dough should be left to rest overnight...

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    1. Can we use jaggery instead of sugar

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    2. Not really sure.....I haven't tried it

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  10. Mom makes this too & i simply love it..Easy to make and turns out so soft & delish!!! Yours has a lovely sheen too :)Now this post reminds me that I had taken a pic of the wheta halwa we made more than 3 months aga and still has not made its way to my blog!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  11. That looks awesome ... from the shiny glow of the halwa I can guess the taste must have been amazing..:)) Lovely recipe Sharmi..
    Reva

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  12. Now you're confusing me way too much Sharmi....Wondering on which sweets and savories should I try, way too confused.

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  13. hmmmmmmm... slurp!!.. u r tempting me to make more n more :)

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  14. Perfectly made halwa.. Looks very inviting.. Absolutely love it..

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  15. I too make similarly..Have in archive..Looks glossy & yummy..:)

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  16. This halwa wants me to make ntaste some :-), perfectly done!!!

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  17. Came out super good Sharmi. Mouth watering here.

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  18. Well done sharmi!Looks mouthwatering

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  19. A very easy version of the halwa. I love it.

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  20. An easy version of the halwa. I love the halwa too.

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  21. Never tried this halwa before. Will tempt any sweet lover. Nice pictures !!

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  22. Gr8 sharmi ! good effort this one is easy method instead of grinding the grain ! thought of trying this to diwali !

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  23. Sharmi....ummah..Thanks for posting the easy version... My grandfather would bring this from Thirunalveli Iruttu kadai this yummy halwa. We would eat it to hearts consent. I had tried making it using wheat berries. This looks so easy and love the clicks. U are simply great. Keep posting these kind of recipes dear.

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  24. which brand food colour is good? where can i find the same :(

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  25. @Chithra : I use a brand named tiger and I got it in Nilgiris

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  26. Looks super tempting and loved the clicks too. Great effort and great halwa :)

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  27. I like it so much...yummy halwa..

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    1. so nice...please gve us the recipe of jalebi....

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  28. Absolutely Fantastic Halwa sharmi... love it. Way too tempting. WIsh u and family Happy diwali Sharmi.. special wishes to Mittu.

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  29. yummy halwa, is it possible to get enough milk from 1/2 cup flour? i have pillsbury flour, is it ok?

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  30. Very nice, could you please tell me how to make the same halwa using whole wheat? I know it is pain, but would like to try it.
    Thanks

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  31. @Shailesh : Just soak whole wheat berries(Mulu gothumai) overnight, next day grind it and take the milk and proceed with the same steps with wheat milk.

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  32. As the diwali was my thalai diwali, my mom prepared sweets, after a month only i tried this wheat halwa, Really Good one, thanks for the easier version...

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  33. Hai do you have note to prepare with raw godhumai. i am planning to try with the above steps but after soaking the wheat. .

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    1. Soak it overnight and grind it with water to a slightly running consistency say dosa batter then take milk from it and proceed with other steps.

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  34. thank you aoo much sharmi.... I made this today for our second anniversary.. as a surprise... it came sooo well... it is not tat hard at all.. your step by step process helped me a lot.. i compared each and every out come with your pics.. and tracked i am on right way.. love you dear... keep your service.. :D :D

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  35. and dear... i did not soak it for over night.. it was about 4 hours.. it came well... thanks da.. :)

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  36. Hi Sharmi

    I tried this following exactly your instructions - I used cane sugar(little less than your measurements) & canola oil instead of ghee. But the product came out visually appealing. But there was some after taste - like something raw - Why is that? Please respond ... I want the taste that matches close to Thirunelveli Halwa or at least no after taste.

    But a little kid I know ate it happily. Thanks.

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    1. I am not sure of how the taste of canola oil will be...try using ghee next time am sure you will get the taste that matches close to Tirunelveli halwa.

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    2. Thanks Sharmilee. I will try next time and let you know. I am also thinking roasting wheat flour.

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  37. mam in ingredients column u mentioned as warm water,but in explanation u mentioned as water,is that necessary to soak the dough in warm water overnight..or just in water...could u plz explain

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    1. It is warm water only...I missed to add, now updated :)

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  38. Hey sharmi I tried this today I Tasted it really Came out well n waitin for my hubby to taste n tel his feedback. But I used one of ghee instead of ur measurement.

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  39. Hi I tried its really nice..please gve us the recipe of jalebi..

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  40. What type of wheat flour did u used for this?

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    1. Normal atta flour that we use for making chapathi.....

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  41. Hi Sharmilee, Halwa came very well, Yummy. Your step by step process with Photo really helped us to compare what actual and expected is, It was thrill to see the final outcome:-)
    Thanks a lot,
    Gayathri Bhuvan

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  42. what was the food colour been used on this halwa?

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