Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe - Samba Godhumai Halwa - Wheat Halwa Recipe

Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe
Godhumai Halwa or popularly called as Tirunelveli Halwa or Iruttu Kadai Halwa Recipe with step by step pictures.

This is the traditional way of making godhumai halwa by extracting milk from samba whole wheat berries,cooking in ghee till it reaches the desired consistency.Check the small insta video that I posted.I have already posted wheat flour halwa but always wanted to try this traditional method with samba godhumai.As I have experience stirring wheat halwa, I just tried with a small quantity today as its really tough to stir single handedly.But its worth the effort I can say, the halwa just melts in your mouth...hot wheat halwa with dripping ghee is a delighful sight to see...What more taste a spoonful its heaven I say :))

Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe

I saw a video recently which used caramelised sugar to achieve the natural brown color so wanted to try that and it worked really well,lookwise and tastewise it was soo good.

Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe


Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 8 hrs | Cooking Time : 60 mins | Makes : 1 cup
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian 

Samba Gothumai - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 1/2 cup minus 2 tbsp
Cashewnut - 5 whole broken
Oil - 1 tbsp

For caramelising sugar:

Ghee - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 1 tbsp

Method:

  1. Measure and take samba wheat add water till immersing level.Soak it overnight or atleast for 8hrs.Drain the water then add 1/2 cup water and transfer to mixer jar.
    How to make Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe - Step1
  2. Grind it smoothly,then transfer it to a strainer.
    How to make Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe - Step2
  3. Filter it,keep mixing and pressing it with a spoon to extract milk completely.Grind it again with 1/4 cup water to take second milk.Transfer the extracted milk to a bowl and keep it undisturbed for atleast 15mins.Now get ready with a heavy bottomed pan.
    How to make Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe - Step3
  4. You can see the clear water on top, drain little of it but not fully,Set aside.Heat a tbsp of ghee in the heavy bottomed pan.
    How to make Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe - Step4
  5. Add the extracted wheat milk and keep stirring to avoid lumps.In few mins it will reach porridge consistency(it will coat the laddle).
    How to make Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe - Step5
  6. At this stage add sugar,keep mixing it will again turn goey.Keep mixing.
    How to make Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe - Step6
  7. In another small kadai heat a tbsp `of` ghee,fry the broken cashews until golden brown,remove the cashews.Now in the same pan with remaining ghee...
    How to make Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe - Step7
  8. Add a tbsp of sugar,keep mixing it in low flame.First it will change to light brown then crystallise.
    How to make Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe - Step8
  9. Keep stirring to get a reddish golden brown color.
    How to make Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe - Step9
  10. Now add this caramelised sugar to the halwa,keep mixing.It will form small crystals but keep mixing.Don't panic like me ;) after few mins it will get dissolved.
    How to make Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe - Step10
  11. From now on get ready for some hand exercise ;) I measured 1/2 cup of melted ghee and kept but did not use fully. Add a tbsp of ghee in regular intervals,keep mixing.
    How to make Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe - Step11
  12. Add a tbsp of ghee and keep stirring without leaving.Do this in low flame itself.
    How to make Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe - Step12
  13. It will nicely bubble up then slowly it will start to form a  mass.Add ghee in intervals and keep stirring.
    How to make Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe - Step13
  14. See how it rolls,at this stage it will stop absorbing ghee and will let out ghee at  the sides as you can see.Now stop adding ghee.The whole mixture will dance like a jelly in the pan without sticking to the pan because of the ghee.
    How to make Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe - Step14
  15. At this stage add fried cashews and mix well.The halwa will be glossy and dark in color,it will roll like a ball.
    How to make Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe - Step15
  16. You can slide the pan and collect the excess ghee with a spoon if you want.Look at the ghee around the halwa.
    How to make Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe - Step16
Serve hot / warm.
Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe

My Notes:

  • If the extracted milk is very thick it will get thicken faster and will leave raw smell.So water content should be there so I just drained little of the clear water not fully.
  • Once the sugar is caramelized add it immediately, it may form thick crystals but keep stirring it will dissolve by itself.
  • It is tough to stir single handedly for an hr so if you are making in bulk, take a helping hand so that you can stir alternatively.
  • There is no consistency check just when ghee oozes out stop adding ghee and cook for few mins then switch off.
  • For 1/4 cup of samba wheat it gave a good volume.
  • Make sure to use a heavy bottomed pan or kadai.
  • Use good quality pure ghee for best flavour.
  • You can even use half and half oil and ghee but the flavour will differ.
  • Do not cook after ghee oozes out, else halwa will become hard very chewy.
Tirunelveli Halwa Recipe


Written by: SHARMILEE J

6 comments:

  1. Hi, quick query:

    Made the halwa from slightly thick extracted milk and it now tastes half cooked like you have mentioned.

    Any idea how to set the taste right now? Should I put it on the stove for another round of stirring with ghee and hot water or should I cook this with sugar syrup for a while?

    Thanks!

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    1. Pour some more water then keep stirring again

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  2. Hi, quick query:

    Made the halwa from slightly thick extracted milk and it now tastes half cooked like you have mentioned.

    Any idea how to set the taste right now? Should I put it on the stove for another round of stirring with ghee and hot water or should I cook this with sugar syrup for a while?

    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Is the samba wheat and whole wheat are same or different?

    ReplyDelete


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