Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Khajoor Ka Halwa

Ingredients : 1.5 cups dates , 2 cups milk , 1/2 cup sugar , 1/4 cup ghee , 1 cup khoya , 50 grams almond, blanched roughly chopped , 30 grams cashewnuts , 30 grams walnuts , 1 teaspoon cardamom, ground green , silver leaf (varak) for decoration , drops kewra essence (optional).

Instructions : 1.Wash and remove the seeds of the dates. Put the dates in a food processor and grind to a smooth paste. 2. Place milk, date paste and sugar in a heavy based sauce pan and stir well to combine milk, dates and sugar. 3. Stirring frequently cook for 20 to 30 minute or until all the water from milk has evaporated and the dates begin to stick to the bottom of the pan. 4. Add the ghee, almonds, walnuts, cashew nuts, ground cardamom, khoya and kewra, if using. 5. Stirring continuously, fry the date mixture until the ghee is first absorbed by the dates and then released. The halwa is ready when ghee begins to separate. 6. Transfer to a serving dish and decorate with silver leaf. Serve hot or cold.
• Serves: 6 People. • Preparation Time: 15 minutes. • Cooking Time: 30 minutes.

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