Tirunelveli Halwa - Wheat / gothumai Halwa Recipe
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Tirunelveli Halwa is a south Indian sweet very famous in Tirunalvelli.Using the Wheat berries or wheat flour we can make this halwa.
Recipe type: Sweets, Dessert
Cuisine: South Indian
  • 1 cups Wheat berries + 3 cups water to soak wheat berries
  • 2 cups Sugar + ⅓ cup water to make sugar syrup
  • ⅓ tsp Cardomom powder
  • ½ cup Ghee
  • 10-12 cashews
  • 1 drop red and 2 drops orange colour
  1. Soak the wheat berries with enough water for 8 hrs or overnight.Grind the wheat berries with some water and extract the wheat milk.again add the grinded wheat berries into the mixie cup add little water and grind it again. Then extract the milk. You can grind the wheat berries in 2 bathces also,make sure that you have grinded it twice so that we can get more wheat milk.Keep this milk for few minutes without disturbing you will find that the thick milk has settled at the bottom and the clear liquid on top.Discard the clear liquid. I got approximately 2.5 cups of wheat milk.
  2. Now add in the wheat milk and start striring continuously. Keep the flame in low and stir well. Now add in the ghee and stir well.
  3. Finally add the roasted cashews and mix well. The ghee will start oozing out.The halwa will look transparent as well.When you take the mixture in the laddle, it should slide and not stick to the laddle. This is the perfect stage to remove it from the stove. Delicious Tirunelveli halwa is ready to serve now.
If you want to try this halwa for the first time, cut the recipe by half.Use only 1 cup of wheat.The yield is really huge.So 1 cup will be more than enough for a family
Use a good quality non stick pan so that it will be easy to stir and also to clean
I got only 2.5 cups of milk from 1 cups of wheat.If you extracted properly with good squeezing and grinding more than 2 times, you may get even more.
I have used the food colour but if you want to make natural colour use the above tip to bring the color.
This halwa will be there for 10 days if we store in fridge.Just heat it in microwave before serving.
Recipe by Prema's Culinary at https://www.premascook.com/2015/06/tirunelveli-halwa-recipe-wheat-gothumai-halwa.html