Tirunelveli Halwa - Wheat Halwa - Sweet recipes - Godhumai Halwa - Festivals recipe - Diwali recipes

I am not a big fan of halwa. Recently I tried Ashoka Halwa and everyone at home loved it. When I went to India my mum engaged a cook from Tirunelveli. Halwa is one of his special. So I have asked him to make the Halwa so that I can taste the traditional Tirunelveli Halwa. Even though it uses few ingredients it does take lot of cooking time. It almost takes about 2 hours. Also it is very rich dessert.
Ingredients
Whole wheat - 1/2 kg
Sugar - 1 KG to 1.25 kg
Ghee - 1.5 cup to 2 cup
Nuts - As required (optional)
Orange color - a pinch (Optional)
Note: Basically if you want to reduce the qty use 1 cup wheat berry to 1.25 sugar ratio and 1:1.5 ratio for Ghee



Method:
Wash and soak the wheat berries for 6-8 hours or overnight. Drain the water (into separate vessel). Grind the Wheat berries into smooth paste with soaked water. Add water little by little while grinding.
Drain the Wheat milk using big strainer. Add water to the squeezed wheat and mix well with hand. Add 1 cup water to drained pulp.  Drain the water again. Keep the wheat milk overnight. 
Heat the kada.  Add sugar. Pour Wheat milk to sugar thro' strainer.
Continue to stir. When the mixture is reduced into 1/2 add roasted cashew and pinch of orange color.
Add Ghee little by little till Ghee is not absorbed any more. 
Pour this to greased plate. When it is cool down a bit slice it into desired size and shape. You can serve without slicing too
Enjoy!

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