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Apple Halwa

Suvir SaranThis Indian recipe comes from a web site which gives a first class insight into Indian Cooking, what it is about and how to create some of the recipes in your own home.

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"Carrot Halwa, Lentils and Bean Halwa, Wheat Flour Halwa and Semolina Halwa are all popular desserts in India. Apple Halwa can be made the same way and it has an interestingly sweet and tart taste. In Indian homes, a form of milk cooked until all the water has evaporated-known as khoya is used. Condensed milk is a nice substitute".


3 lbs apples, grated, best made with tart crisp apples
6 tsp sugar
juice of 1 lemon
8 tbsp ghee or clarified butter
2 inch cinnamon stick
6 cloves
8 tbsp condensed milk
2 tbsp raisins
2 tbsp butter
4 tbsp calvados
almond slivers to decorate
silver or gold foil

  • As soon as the apples are grated, sprinkle them with sugar and lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Mix well.
  • Heat the ghee in a heavy based saucepan, add the cinnamon and cloves and after 30 seconds the apples. Sauté for 10 minutes or so over high heat. Add the condensed milk and raisins and sauté for a further 8 - 10 minutes, stirring continuously and scraping the bottom and sides of the pan.
  • Glaze with the butter. This dessert should be served hot. Heat the calvados for a few seconds in a small pan and pour into the halwa.
  • Garnish with almonds if using.

You can also use silver or gold foil to garnish the halwa and sprinkle ground toasted pistachios or walnuts and serve the halwa with vanilla ice cream.

Serves 6

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