Ice Halwa - A to Z Maharashtrian Sweets
Serendipity happens. When you search for something really hard, it will seek you. Okay, wonder why I am talking so philosophic? Well when I finalized my list on A to Z Maharashtrian Sweets, I almost landed with most of the alphabets on my first sitting itself. I never even bothered to check if the selected recipes were doable or not. There were some really tough alphabets that I took help from Pradnya, a few from others. However "I" happened just like that. I am not sure how I landed in this. I just did.
Though I had given a clause that we can use English words for those tough alphabets, I was keen on not using it as much as possible. In fact, I was grinning left to right checking finally that I used English for only one alphabet. One exception to this rule is, there are some regional dish names that go along with English words. like Hotel Sambar, Venna Biscuit, etc. So this is perfectly fine. Anyway, when I read that there is a halwa that's famously called as Ice Halwa, I marked it to do, no matter how tough it might turn out to be.
A bit peek on the famous halwa. Ice Halwa is also called as Bombay Halwa, is synonymous with the best halwa from the iconic ice halwa shops, Mohanlal S Mithaiwala, Regal Sweets. Mumbai's Legendary Ice Halwa is quite easy to make if you follow the recipe that seems to be available online. Ice halwa is thin in width, comes in both white and golden with lots of nuts and saffron on top. I am told these are sliced as 4-inch square sheets. Mohanlal S Mithaiwala has many flavours in this halwa. Ice halwa is milk-white in colour, whereas Golden Halwa is yellow because of the saffron used.
After finalizing this halwa, I searched for a recipe. I landed in two online sites that had recipes here and here. One had All purpose flour and the other Semolina. I was planning to make both, however, I had procrastinated till yesterday and it was too late to attempt at making two versions. I also think the nature of ghee matters. I have used shudh cow ghee and it was quite strong. While making it, Konda did say that I seem to have used too much ghee. For once I wanted to follow the recipe and didn't alter anything. I made the recipe with Maida and went ahead with clicking. Maybe the Semolina will happen someday.
I made both Ice Halwa and Golden Halwa with Saffron.
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