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Friday, February 10, 2012

Bread Halwa

A "different" dessert from guest host Pepper to sweeten our taste buds...

This is a very different dessert recipe worth trying. I tasted it when we ordered food for a family occasion in India. It was so good that I felt like skipping the main course and filling myself with this dessert. But it was very rich and soaked in ghee, however for health reasons I have used less ghee. If you prefer to have it in a rich way you might increase the quantity of ghee.

Ingredients:
Bread slices – 6
Ghee – 3 tbsp
Milk – 2 cups
Sugar – 1 ½ cup or to taste
Oil – 2 tbsp
Slivered almonds or cashews – ½ cup
                                   
Method:
1. Toast the bread slices slightly, either pulse them in a food processor for a couple of times, or cut them to smaller squares, and fry them in 2 tbsp of ghee and oil. (You have to make sure all the bread gets fried to avoid raw portions of bread getting into the halwa)

2. Boil the milk, add the fried bread and stir until all the milk is absorbed into the bread and it is almost dry.

3. Add the sugar. This leaves some moisture in the halwa which eventually dries off after a few minutes of constant stirring.
4. When the halwa is almost dry and leaves the pan, add the nuts and the remaining ghee and mix well.

5. Switch off the stove, allow the halwa to cool down, and serve them in room temperature or slightly warm

Note: For a quick version of this recipe you can use 2 cups of bread crumbs instead of bread slices.

    -Pepper

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