After the delicious Chocolate Caliente, we are doing T. I chose Turkey when I checked for letters starting with the alphabet. Initially, I was planning to make Baklava, as it's been on my list for such a long time. However seeing it's a common dish across so many countries, decided to keep it on hold for now. Then I somehow landed in this space, where there was this Semolina Halva, served with Ice cream topping for a dessert!
The pictures were beautiful, so was the recipe. Given my addiction to anything Halwa, I had to make this. It was interesting to see how a regular ingredient and a regular dish that's prepared in our cuisine, take a different form and taste. At the beginning of the weekend, I was down with 4 alphabets to be done. I couldn't do anything on Saturday and hoping I might at least, get the week going.
Surprisingly I managed to get all the dishes done and it was such a hectic day. The cooking was done nonstop, with teaching the boys how birds eat their food, build their nest.
A couple of dishes were super hit, will talk more about it when it comes to that letter. On the whole, it was such a satisfying day, on the cooking front. When I finally crossed all my letters and did a whoops, Konda said she knew why I did that.
Though Peddu was saying he would taste this, he didn't. Konda was busier with other dishes that were made and later told me that she did taste it and liked it a lot. However, I had loved this personally and get the same feedback from parents and hubby dear. This really gives a stiff competition to our home favorite Suji Ka Sheera.
Having said that, it doesn't taste anything like the Suji Ka Halwa. In fact, it tastes more like the Vellam Putu, a dish that's made with steamed Rice flour and Jaggery, prepared during Navaratri. Or more like Ukkarai to some extent.
All the comparisons aside, I felt this is a great dish to simply sit back and enjoy. The preparation hardly takes time. Though one has to be at the stove, stirring to ensure the semolina doesn't get burnt. Otherwise, this is simple to prepare, with just the right amount of sweetness and still giving you the right dose.
When I had checked on this recipe, the Semolina Halva was served with Turkish Ice Cream. The Ice cream was a regular one, so I didn't think it made any sense to make the ice cream. With exams still on for the kids, I didn't want to take the risk of making Ice creams at home.
The halwa was good on its own with roasted crispy almonds for the bite. The recipe called for pine nuts, I simply substituted them with Almonds.
The original recipe says that the traditional way of making this halwa is by using a mixture of milk and sugar. However, with the substitute of sweetened condensed milk, the author said he didn't find any difference and that worked to my benefit as well. The most important factor is to ensure your semolina develops a golden colour. With 1 cup of semolina, it took me about 10 -12 mins.
In a small pan, bring the water to boil. Slowly add the condensed milk and simmer till it gets combined well. Cook for 5 -7 mins.
Meanwhile, heat a nonstick pan with butter and oil. Add the semolina and roast on medium heat, till you get a nice brown colour. This takes about 10 mins of stirring nonstop, making sure it doesn't get burnt. Now slowly add the condensed milk mixture to the roasted semolina, be very careful as the hot milk can splatter and bubble up. Cover and cook for 5 mins, keep stirring in between to make sure the bottom doesn't get burnt. This takes about 10 mins to get cooked.
Remove from heat, cook it covered with a lid for 5 -7 mins. Heat a pan with 1 tbsp butter, roast chopped almonds till crisp, pour over the cooked semolina and make sure you mix everything well with the back of your wooden spatula.
Varadas Kitchen says
Enjoyed reading the intro. The halwa looks great, loved the color.
The texture looks different but the preparation is somewhat similar to halwa. I can have that with a bowl of ice - cream. Awesome, you cooked all 4 countries in one day! I still have one more country to cook, which I have been postponing since last week.
Priya Suresh says
Loved this crumble like texture of Halwa, i would like to get a small bowl of this halwa to have rite now.
vaishali sabnani says
I like the variation in the recipe. I have never used condensed milk in a halwa and this will definitely give a wonderful flavour to the dish..definitely a must try . Have bookmarked in mind:)
Manjula Bharath says
wow love the variation of halva 🙂 semolina halva looks so tempting, looks so yummy !!
The Pumpkin Farm says
what nice color you have go for the halwa, beautifully made, would love to make with condensed milk
Suma Gandlur says
This must be one rich, yummy halwa.
Harini-Jaya R says
A variation to our suji ka halwa and with that condensed milk I am sure it was delicious!
Pavani N says
I made something similar for Qatar, but the Turkish halwa's texture looks a little different. Such a similar and delicious dessert.
Gayathri Kumar says
I was looking for some halwa texture but this look totally different. I love the golden colour of the semolina. Looks so inviting..
Archana Potdar says
Pradnya certainly has competition with you cooking 4 countries in one day. 😀
The halwa I thought was shira but its texture looks different. Love it.
Chef Mireille says
what an interesting halva
Padmajha PJ says
4 dishes in a day is certainly an achievement !And I really like the texture of the Halva...
Sapana Behl says
Just like our suzi halva but texture is different. I would love to try it with icecream.