Friday, October 3, 2014

Corn Flour Halwa Recipe / Karachi Halwa | Easy Diwali Sweets

Corn Flour Halwa
Corn flour halwa is a very easy halwa, also called as Karachi halwa.I had bookmarked this cornflour halwa recipe from Umas space and wanted to try it.I love halwa so much but considering the amount of ghee each halwa requires I always hold back but this halwa requires only little ghee unlike other halwa recipes.So Diwali is the right time to try this easy and no risk halwa, So what are waiting for? Put on your aprons and get ready with the ingredients :)

Karachi Halwa Recipe

When I saw this pink cornflour halwa in her blog, it was looking soo pretty and attractive. I also wanted to add pink color but as she said the halwa traditionally is made in red,orange and yellow colors and also the pink food color I've is so dull, I choose the orange kesari food color.Thank you so much Uma for clearing all my doubts and also for giving tips to click the halwa.

Karachi Halwa Recipe

Cornflour Halwa Recipe

Preparation Time:5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes:26 pieces
Recipe Category: Sweet | Recipe Cuisine: Indian| Reference: Uma's

Corn flour - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 and 1/2 cups
Water - 1 cup + 1 and 1/2 cups
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Cashew nuts - 1/4 cups, chopped finely
Cardamom powder - a tiny pinch
Food colour - a small pinch
*Note : I halved the recipe and got 13 pieces

Method:

  1. Take cornflour in a mixing bowl, add 1 and 1/2 cups of water and whisk it well to avoid lumps.Then add food color and mix well.Keep aside.
    How to make cornflour halwa - Step1
  2. In a pan preferable nonstick, take sugar and add 1 cup of water. Allow it to boil and wait till the sugar completely dissolves and become slightly thick. No need to check for any string consistency but make sure the syrup is sticky.
    How to make cornflour halwa - Step2
  3. Then add the cornflour mixture, keep stirring in low flame.Stir continuously to avoid lumps while adding.It will first start to form glossy here and there.
    How to make cornflour halwa - Step3
  4. Then it will start to thicken and form glossy texture here and there. Keep on stirring  until you see the halwa texture.Now add ghee and cardamom powder.
    How to make cornflour halwa - Step4
  5. Once it is thick and comes together as a whole mass and starts to leave the sides of the pan add fried cashews and switch off.Now transfer the mixture to a ghee greased plate.Let it to set atleast for an hour then cut into squares and enjoy.
    How to make cornflour halwa - Step5
Serve chilled or warm.
Karachi Halwa Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can use any food colour of your choice but  traditional Karachi Halwa is available mostly in red, yellow and orange colours.I choose orange kesari food color.
  • You can replace cornflour with any flavoured custard powder.
  • If you want to serve it in a bowl then switch off a bit runny as you can see the texture in step4 smooth and shiny.
  • I transferred the mixture and went to do some other works. So when I tried to pat the halwa after that, by then it started to set so the top was uneven as you can see in the pics.So act quickly after transferring.
  • You can even add any essence of your choice.
  • The halwa can be had hot or cold as per your preference.Keeps well for 5 days if refrigerated.
  • Use a nonstick pan for best results.
  • Make sure you cut the cashews very fine so that while cutting you will get smooth pieces.
Karachi Halwa Recipe


Written by: SHARMILEE J

47 comments:

  1. yummm! cute and vibrant halwa!

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  2. If I use 1/4cup flour mean tel me how much sugar and water sharmi

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    1. Sugar - 1/2 and 1/4 cups
      Water - 1/2 + 3/4 cup

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    1. Not really sure but guess its the same....please check and buy as I am not very sure

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    2. Works perfect with corn starch too. Tried with corn starch and came out well. Thanks Sharmi.

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  4. Tried and came out very well... First it appeared as if I have added more water but sometimes came out tasty..thanks

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  5. Wow!! never imagined it could be this easy. Will try this soon :)
    thanks

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  6. Hi,
    I have been checking the recipes on your website and I must say they are amazing. I'm totally hooked on them.

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  7. HI I tried this halwa yesterday.its comes out awesome taste.my hubby and daughter likes very much.thank u

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  8. Planning to try this recipe, kaju katli n Mysore pak for diwali.. So tempting to give an attempt :)

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  9. if i cook the halwa for longer will it become chewy. i buy a chewy halwa and it is amazing.

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  10. Tried this today n came out very well.. Everyone liked it n Halwa was over in 3 hours :)

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  11. I have got yellow corn flour. Can I use that to make this halwa?

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  12. Hi Sharmi,

    I am a frequent visitor to your blog... I like all your recipes... especially the way you present them..it's certainly a visual delight i wud say.... keep rocking... i tried this corn flour halwa today... the taste is good..but i did not get that glossy texture :( i was stirring it for a long time in low flame to see if i could get it... but no luck... any idea what could have gone wrong so that i can correct it next time... thanks!

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    1. Not really sure...because cornflour by itself gives a glossy finish after getting cooked along with sugar.....

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    2. Hey mohanapriya, May be u shld use corn starch instead of regular corn flour..

      Sharmi, as usual tempting recpie :)

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    3. This recipe is made with corn starch ( fine powder) that is how we get glossy halwa. corn flour (grainy texture) results in halwa which looks like rawa kesar halwa. I made this disaster by using corn flour. Will definitely try it next time with corn starch. Thanks for the recipe.

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  13. hi sharmi, i made this halwa,came out superb.just like urs.thanks for the recipe.

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  14. my halwa is not chewy yet it is bit sticky and liquid like please somebody help me help me what do i do now ?? I prepared first time and did the same as shown above it is still in refrigerator i dnt know what to do with it. Please help me pleaseeee???

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    1. I think it is undercooked, you can just cook for few more mins and see

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  15. thank u so much . Halwa is now good by cooking it more mins thank u sooo much :) u r so lovely :*

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  16. I did this halwa today... its texture s gud but taste s not so gud... the raw flavour of corn flour remains the same... how to check whether the halwa s cooked well... how long will it take corn flour to cook?.. pls suggest. .

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    1. If the consistency is correct and if you have cooked it correctly then there should be no raw smell...I guess it is undercooked?!

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  17. Hello sharmila
    wonderful recipe and we did the same in a jiffy. Taste is good.forgot to add ghee and added in the tray , when still hot.we mixes it after adding ghee and set the same in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe

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  18. Can we use any other flour instead of cornflour?

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  19. Hi Sharmi! I would say your recipe with those steps are great! Gonna try to make halwa next time, im so excited! I hope it will be as easy as what is written here, thank you 😄

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  20. Hi Sharmi, i tried the and all went well except that it took whole evening and night in the fridge to set. is it the usual time taken or did i somewhere go wrong with the recipe?

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    1. If you had switched off a bit early then it will take time to set as it will be goey....otherwise it gets set soon

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  21. Hi,

    I tried this out and my halwa is still opaque and not glossy and transparent. What do I do?

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    1. I am really not sure was the sugar syrup in the correct stage?

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    2. If it is cooked properly then it should be edible, else keep cooking for few more mins

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  22. Hi sharmi,the recipe is awesome. Thanks

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  23. Sharmi shall we prepare cornflour halwa the same way we prepare custard powder halwa

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  24. I did mistake in sugar syrup before thick consistency I have added corn flour ..i didn't get glossy ...then it's total waste huh?

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    1. No no just keep cooking...even if its goey it will taste good only

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  25. can i use mango pury into this halwa.. please tell me the procedure

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  26. Hi ms sharmilee, if I use 1 cup of corn flour, how much water, sugar and ghee shall be added. Tq

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  27. Hello Sharmilee I tried this halwa yesterday...it was good in taste but not so rubbery in texture...pls guide

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  28. Hello Sharmilee I tried this halwa today...it came out very well all our family members loved it thankyou so much :)

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