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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)


  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

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Godhumai Halwa Recipe

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