I first made this Halwa when a dear friend came over with her (extremely adorable) 2 year old nephew because I thought something mild and easy to swallow would suit him well. The reaction I got from my friend, however, was ‘You made Halwa with WHAAAAAAT?’
With a Spin recently posted an blog entry entited ‘A World of Halwa‘ which really summarises what Halwa is – anything and everything you want it to be! Halwa is a dessert eaten all over the world in many different forms, flavours and varieties depending on the ingredients available and tastes preferred in that region. Atta Ka Halwa is the definition of frugal – Chapatti flour is a staple ingredient a Pakistani kitchen can NOT be without and is VERY cheap, therefore it only seems logical to make a Halwa out of this household essential. For some reason, Atta Ka Halwa isn’t very common, although I most certainly think it should be!
The procedure is strikingly similar to Sooji Ka Halwa, which means Atta Ka Halwa is also an incredibly quick and easy dessert recipe you’ll be able to whip up in no time at all! It has an earthy and nutty flavour and a texture more gooey and fudgey than the typical semolina Halwa, which makes this an interesting change from the usual.
I had to keep myself from constantly licking the spoon and dipping my fingers into the pan whilst the Halwa was cooking on the stove. The fudgey texture of the Halwa combined with the roasted crunchy cashew nuts had me hooked! I had it again the next day, and then the day after that again – always with a cup of strong and unsweetened tea. I would have had it the fourth day in a row but the Fitness Trainer in me warned me I had had my fair share of carbs for the entire week in those 3 days. Thank you, Atta, and hello, extra workout.
With a few bites, I also won my friend over with the Atta Ka Halwa but she left unconvinced it was a real thing in the wider world, saying she’ll ask the ultimate authority, her Mum, about it.
I wish I could tell you her nephew also enjoyed the Halwa, but he found far more interest in dipping a wedge of apple into a pool of ketchup, licking it clean and then repeating.
Enjoy, with love.x