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Mar 19, 2007

Corn Flour Halwa

Happy Ugadhi to everyone and I would like to share the sweet of the day with all of you. An awesome treat and fully cooked in microwave. One can not even guess that the sweet's main ingredient in Corn Flour. It is sure a heavenly treat. Its a no mess, fully microwave cooked, easy recipe that will be ready in minutes. This is my Mom's recipe for Corn Flour Halwa. Here's the recipe.


1/2 cup Corn Flour
Almost 1 cup Granulated Sugar
Saffron - a pinch (optional if using the artificial color)
6 to 7 pods Elachi (Take out the seeds and grind to a coarse powder)
Orange Red Color (Optional ) - a pinch
Pistachio nuts chopped - a handful
(Any kind of chopped nuts is fine)
Ghee - 3 tablespoons
Water - 4 cups


Take Corn Flour in a Microwave safe bowl. Preferably a little big. I used the corning ware big size.

Pour 2 Cups of Water. Whisk well until there are no lumps.

Mix in the sugar and whisk until even distribution.

Add the Saffron.

Microwave on High for 2 minutes. Stir and again Microwave on High for 2 minutes. Repeat this until the conflour's raw smell goes. If you think the content is thickening too quickly, add little water and stir until even distribution and again Microwave for 1 or 2 minutes, or until the content becomes a little semi solid and the Corn Flour raw smell disappears completely.

Grease a dish with Ghee and add the remaining Ghee, Ground Elachi and the chopped nuts to the content and stir until even distribution. Cook again for a minute or two in microwave. The consistency will resemble a jelly, somewhat semi solid, trying to set.

Immediately pour the content in the greased dish.

Allow it to cool completely. Topple the halwa in a plate. Slice and Serve. You can still enjoy the Halwa even if it doesn't slice out well.


Unknown said...

The pictures looks awesome. My mouth is watering to taste the corn flour halwa. I will definitely try it out and let u know. BTW; I tried out your tomatoe soup and it came out very well. Thanks.

FH said...

Hi Myth,great color.Corn flour and microwavable,how cool is that?!Thanks for the recipe.

Menu Today said...

Colourful looking halwa with less ghee... Thanks for sharing.
happy ugadi!!!

USHA said...

Hi Mythi,

Excellent Halwa,,,,looks colourful and interesting too..Actually we was kid, my auny prepared same type with maida,i enjoyed it alot..

Then i totally forget about it as i didn't get recipe for it when i tried...After seeing your corn flour halwa i recalled...

Mythreyee said...

Sowmiya: Thanks a lot and thanks a ton for the feedback. Pls try this too and let me know. It hardly takes 10 mins to do. Thats all.

Asha: Your Welcome.

Menu Today: Yes, thats a plus point. Less Ghee.

Usha: Let me try the same with Maida and let me post that too. Thanks for the info.

Anonymous said...

Great looking desert, will like to try it.
Did u use besan or cornflour ? bcoz in one of the pics I see a cup of sugar & another cup like besan, but isnt cornflour white ?? confused..

Mythreyee said...

Aruna: I used only Corn Flour and not Besan Flour. Though Corn Flour Resembles Besan Flour very much like color etc., it differs very much in taste. The Corn Flour that I bought in the Indian Store is Yellowish like the Besan flour. Its very easy to get confused unless we taste the flour each time we use or label the jar. Thanks for dropping by.

Sia said...

what a bright colour. never ever heard of cornflour halwa. gr8 recipe with gr8 pic

Anonymous said...

It's a definite try...but ghee looks more...can i replace or reduce myth?

Mythreyee said...

Sia: Thanks.

Anisha: Yes really can reduce the amount of ghee. The corn flour is the main reason for the shine in the halwa, more than the ghee.

Raks said...

I tried your recipe, and it came out very nice! Thanks for the recipe

Kajal said...

Very nice dish...Coming from Rak's kitchen ....Thanks for sharing easy and delcious dish.:)

Shella said...

HI This looks really beautiful like a jelly. I am sure it tastes good too. I especially love its colour.

Unknown said...

Hi Mythreyi, lovely post abt the halwa, i came here thru google searching for red color halwa recipe and i saw pic, nevetr thought its this easy, i will try it:)

Unknown said...

Hi Mythreyee,

Happy Deepavali!
This is the first dish of yours that i have tried..very quick,easy dish and tasted yummy and looks good...thank you for sharing.Will definitely try many more dishes that are posted.
I tried sauteing just the corn flour(no ghee/oil) on medium flame for a 2-3 mins before adding water,sugar and microwaving,this helped quicker removal of the raw smell.

Unknown said...

In the ingredients is says 4 cups of water but in the method used only 2 cups.........little confused

Mythreyee said...

Sandhya, that was a wonderful idea. Thank you so much. I will do your way next time I make it. Thanks for trying my recipe.

Mythreyee said...

It's only 2 cups. After you add two cups, the water may be added to get the consistency. If it is too thick and still the content has a raw smell of corn flour, water is added little by little and cooked. There are a variety of brands for corn flour and each flour needs a different proportion of water. So I have written 4 in the ingredients and 2 in the recipe. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I've been searching for the recipes and I think I finally found it. Looks so delicious and Yummy. One question?
Have you used Corn starch or corn flour? I once tried with corn starch but it came out very flimsy, it did not have the consistency.

Pamela said...

I tried this but using oil instead of ghee and leaving out the red food coloring (as I don't eat any animal products) and it was delicious.
thank you for sharing it.
I'm going to have a look around for more of your recipes.