Karachi Halwa / Corn flour Halwa …..


Karachi halwa is an absolutely delicious chewy orange color yummy Indian dessert , loaded with the goodness of almonds, pistachios and other dry fruits.

Ingredients :

Corn Flour OR custard powder – 1 cup
Sugar – 2 cups
Water – 3 cups
Ghee / clarified butter 4 tsps
Chopped nuts (Cashew nuts, Almonds and Pistachios) – 2 tbs
A few drops of orange or any other color IF using Corn flour
A little ghee to grease a plate


1.Keep a plate ready by greasing it with ghee.
2. In a thick bottomed pan, mix together custard powder (I used Vanilla flavor), water, sugar and mix well without any lumps.
3. Keep the pan on the stove and begin by cooking over high flame.
4. The mixture will begin to boil and start to thicken. Keep stirring.
5. Add ghee, cashew nuts, mix well and reduce the flame. By now the mixture will look like a thick jelly and look glassy.
6. Keep stirring continuously for 8-10 mins till the mixture begins to form into a lump and begins pulling away from the sides.
7. Transfer the halwa to the greased plate and level the top. You can also sprinkle nuts on top. Make indents while the halwa is still warm
8. Once its cool, slice them and serve.
9. You can store this halwa at room temperature for 2 to 3 days and it keeps well for 7 days when refrigerated.


Sweet Potato Halwa…..


This is one of the quickest and easiest halwa I ever made using boiled and mashed Sweet potatoes , cardamom and saffron.


2 medium to large sweet potatoes
Sugar as required as it depends upon the sweetness of Shakarkandi
ghee around 4 tbsp ( you can even use oil to make it Vegan )
1tsp cardamom powder
saffron 4-5 threads
Mixed dried fruits 2 tbs ( i just used the cashews & Raisins )

Instructions :

Boil the sweet potatoes .
When they become warm, peel and mash them.
Heat ghee in a kadai or pan.
First fry the cashews till golden brown . keep aside.
Now in the same ghee, add the mashed sweet potatoes.
Stir well and saute for 3-4 mins.
add sugar and saute for 4-5 mins.
Now add crushed cardamom and stir for a min
Now add saffron and stir again .
keep on stirring till ghee starts to leave the sides of halwa. approx 10-minutes on a low to medium flame.
Add the fried cashew nuts , dried fruits and stir again.
serve sweet potato halwa warm .