Halwa recipes. Collection of 20 Halwa recipes. Halwa is a dessert which is popular not only in Indian cuisine but also in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. Flour,semolina, grains or nuts form the base of a halwa and is garnished with nuts. It is known differently as aluva, chalava,halva etc. Traditionally halwa was prepared using semolina/ rawa, seeds and nuts but in the recent times we get to see many variations including vegetables and fruits. It is one of the desserts that is made during most festivals like Ganesh chaturthi, Navratri, Diwali, Holi, Ramadan iftar, celebrations and religious ceremonies. It became popular since it is easy to make even for a large gathering with minimum number of ingredients.
Making any kind of halwa is super quick and easy, hence can be made even by busy & new moms or bachelors too. All the recipes are for beginners and needs no prior preparation.
In India, each region has their own touch up given to it like using colors, ghee , milk solids/ khoya, milk etc. Gajar halwa, sooji halwa, dudhi halva, moong dal halva, atta halva are some of the popular halwa varieties prepared during most festive occasions. It is also called as sheera or kesari in some regions. Kesari or kesari bath is a colored version of the sooji halwa that is prepared in South India. Pineapple kesari, rawa kesari and fruit kesari are some of the most common kesari varieties made.
I have put together few halwa recipes that i have already posted on the blog hope these will be helpful for a quick access for any festivals, occasions or parties. Most halwas are light and can also be served as a after meal dessert too.
Collection of halwa recipes
Carrot halva – One of the classic sweet desserts from the north Indian cuisine.
Suji halva – Made with semolina or rawa and is a similar version to the South Indian rava kesari
Moong dal Halva – A festive delight from Rajasthani cuisine made during festivals.
Moong halva using jaggery – Quick & healthy protein rich sweet made with jaggery and ghee.
Banana sheera – Often made to offer to God during Puja as naivedhyam or prasad.
Gajar ka halwa with condensed milk – Quick recipe to try when one is short of time. This is great to make for parties or occasions when you do not have much time to make any dessert.
Rava kesari – Popular South Indian breakfast item served with upma.
Pineapple sheera – Made with fresh pineapple, suji or semolina, ghee and sugar. It can also be made with canned pineapple chunks.
Fruit halva – Made with mixed fruits, ghee and suji. A good one to make when you have excess fruits at home.
Beetroot halva – Made with grated beets and sugar.
Pumpkin Halwa – Best to make when pumpkins are in season.
Dates mawa halva – A rich festive dessert made with khoya and sweetened with dates and no other sweetener is used.
Semiya kesari – Made with vermicelli and sugar.
Ragi halwa – Red millet flour halwa made in traditional karnataka style.
Apple Ragi Made with apple and ragi, no milk is used
Mango halwa/ kesari – Made with ripe mango and whole wheat rava.
Oats halwa Made with oats, nuts and jaggery.