Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Halbai




Halbai is a cross between halwa and burfi. It is spread on a greased plate and cut into pieces like burfi but the consistency is soft, almost like halwa. This is my Mother's recipe for Halbai. Though halbai is not a colorful dish (it comes out plain gray), don't be fooled by it! It tastes wonderful! It has it's own unique flavour that I really love. Traditionally, halbai is made with soaked & ground wheat grains. This is a modern take on the traditional recipe.

Ingredients:
1 cup wheat flour
2 cups water
2 cups coconut milk(thick)
1 1/2 cup jaggery (shredded)
1 cup ghee
1/4 tsp cardamom powder

Method:
Soak wheat flour in water for 6-7 hours. The wheat flour will have settled in the bottom. Remove excess water from the top and keep aside.
In a thick bottomed pan, heat coconut milk and jaggery together for about 15 minutes on low heat. Add the wheat flour and ghee to the coconut milk. Keep stirring until the ghee leaves the sides of the pan. Add cardamom powder and mix.
Spread the mixture on a greased plate. Once cooled, cut into small diamonds.
It can be garnished with fried cashews or slivered almonds.

This recipe is also my entry for from My Dhaba.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love traditional recipes...do say thank u to your mom from me.

Menu Today said...

Hi,
Your Halbai looks yummy!!! Please post recipes for Cabbage bath and pakkoda. Thanks

Vani said...

J- will pass on your msg to mom. Do trythis sometime and let me know how it came out!

MT- Hi! Will post the recipes for cabbage bhath and pakodas soon!

Nee said...

Hey Vani,
Wheat flour meaning regular chappati flour? I'm so used to seeing sweet recipes with plain flour etc, that's all! :-)

Sorry about stupid questions, I'm still a novice cook!

Nee

Vani said...

Nee- Yup, wheat flour here is the regular chappati flour. It has a unique flavor. Let me know if you do try it.
And hey, remember there is no such thing as a stupid question when it comes to cooking! Indian cuisine esp, is so varied that one is constantly amazed by the ingredients and the different methods used :-)

Anonymous said...

hey vani...
im a havyak brahmin and halbai is quite popular dish among us... my mom is an expert when it comes to all traditional food... im not a big fan of halbai but hats off to ur efforts...
cheers
supriya

Anonymous said...

Hi Vani,
I made halbai and it was a complete disaster.I googled for the recipe and I found yours.I just got reading more and got hooked to your blog posts.Your recipes reminded me of my childhood and early years at Bangalore and all the good homecooked food.Your blog has inspired me to strive to be a better cook and not use my busy student life as an excuse to skip meals!Thanks!

Vani said...

Hi Anon! I usually don't venture into making sweets because many require numerous tries before coming out right. This was my mom's and that's why it came out so well. I hope it works out better next time for you!
I'm glad I inspire you to be a better cook, dear. Don't EVER skip meals though. No excuse whatsoever! :)
Do leave your name so I know it's you te next time. Well, be seeing you around then!

Anonymous said...

Hi Vani,
Iam Sucharitha.Sorry I didnt leave my name on the last post- just that Iam not used to posting comments or reading blogs, but I really like yours.I just got back from school and wondering what to make for dinner- so here is where I got to.Would you be kind enough to post the recipe for something called hayagreeva? I had it a friend's in Bangalore and loved it.
Thanks!

Vani said...

Hi Sucharita! That's a pretty name, btw.
I'm not good with Indian sweets but my mom is. I'll post the recipe for hayagreeva the next time she makes it.
I also have a few easy to cook recipes, which would help a busy student like you. WIll post them soon.
Take care now!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Vani- thats really sweet of you!
Iam actually getting afew days off next week- so I will probably indulge in the luxury of cooking and savoring good food!
Happy holidays and I hope you have a wonderful new year ahead.
Sucharitha

Anonymous said...

Your recipe for halbai is being tried out by my daughter in law and I recall my mother making the same many decades ago with rice and coconut which turned out to be very delicious. I am sure your recipe also would be good.
Ramaprasan

Vani said...

Thanks for the comment, Ramprasanji. This here is my mom's recipe. I hope your daughter-in-law's attempt was successful :)

Anonymous said...

WOW!!!
I am very grateful to have found this page, the reasons are two fold :)
Firstly, I have been searching for this recipe since 20years
Secondly, The blog is so beautiful, it made the wait worthwhile.
Thankyou

Madhan T

Vani said...

Thank you, Madhan :)