Easy Godhumai Halwa in Pressure Cooker

>>  Saturday, April 13, 2013

For today's traditional dishes, I had decided to make another version of Godhumai Halwa. Though I have already made this two times, I had short-listed two more versions. One with wheat flour and extracting milk from it. Another one a quick recipe in pressure cooker. I think this recipe is from Chitra Vish of Indus Ladies. I wanted to make as instructed but somehow missed doing that step and ended up making it differently.

This recipe calls for adding the ingredients in pressure cooker and cooking for a whistle and cooking in sim for 10 mins. However by mistake, I mixed everything and had it on low flame, so by the time I had it for a whistle, the bottom got stuck. Since the flour is very light, it got cooked very fast. 

Then I had it transferred to a thick bottom pan and cooked again. The ghee that I used actually floated, so I simply removed the excess ghee. The sweet will absorb the amount it can, excess will simply float over the top. We can remove the excess the ghee. The sweet turned out so soft and silky, that it simply melted when you take a bite.

Today being a Saturday I had the day off after such a long time. However I had planned so many things that I was literally running around. I planned for three dishes for the morning and somehow managed to make them by the time I got down to making lunch. On top I also had to some shopping to  be done, so had to go out. Gosh never realised it was so hot! It felt like Madras was literally burning. I was too exhausted and didn't want to venture out again.

Amma didn't know what the halwa was as she said it melted before she could even understand what flour was used. I was asking if she liked the taste or not. She said it tasted good, only it didn't stay in the mouth for long enough for them to understand the taste..:)

Other Godhumai Halwa


Wheat Halwa in Pressure Cooker

Ingredients Needed

Wheat flour - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Milk - 1 1/2 cups
Ghee - 1/2 - 3/4 cup
Cashew nuts - handful roasted in ghee
Cardamom powder a pinch
Kesar colour a pinch

How to make Wheat Halwa in Pressure Cooker

Take the flour in a pressure cooker along with sugar, ghee and milk. Add the kesar colour and cardamom powder.

Simmer the flame and mix well. Since the flour got cooked fast, I removed to a thick bottom pan and continued cooking for 10 mins.

Continue cooking with adding ghee a teaspoon each time.

Your halwa is ready when the sides leave the pan.


As per the original recipe, you use a tall vessel, so that on cooling, you can take it out and blend to a smooth paste using a hand blender. When you are using this method, you will have to just add all the ingredients and cook for a whistle, then simmer for 10 mins. 

Once pressure falls, blend to a smooth paste using the hand blender.

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Navaneetham Krishnan April 13, 2013 at 9:12 PM  

So good because firstly I adore halwa and secondly I am trilled to see the flavors you have added for such a beauty. Yummy and goodness till the last spoon.

Priya Suresh April 14, 2013 at 12:32 AM  

Pressure cooker method sounds super quick and easy..Wish i get a huge bowl of this droolworthy halwa.

Suma Gandlur April 14, 2013 at 3:42 AM  

Have to try this version Valli. Definitely sounds not tedious like the traditional version.
Suddenly I am feeling the pressure too Valli and have to plan to cook 2 - 3 dishes per day. Have guests at home from India, don't have posts ready for the last 2 themes, don't have sunshine anywhere near and it's hard to take pictures with my camera on cloudy days and haven't commented on the posts for the past few days. Long list of my miseries and didn't want to make you feel like an agony aunt. :)

Sapana Behl April 14, 2013 at 10:19 AM  

I have never seen wheat halwa so tempeting ! Great job.

vaishali sabnani April 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM  

Now you have left us all confused..should the melt in mouth be a plus point...I was amused to read Athama 's verdict...couldn't make out which flour..:))..anyway the halwa looks soft and I am sure it will vanish fast!

Nupur April 14, 2013 at 2:46 PM  

A very diff way to make wheat halwa.. we make it in an entirely diff fashion... I wonder how different the taste would be now.

The Pumpkin Farm April 14, 2013 at 2:47 PM  

u really are on invention trip, this is turned out easier than we could have expected, so all in all a winning recipe

Archana Potdar April 14, 2013 at 10:38 PM  

Now Valli I want this halwa now!! Its so delicious. This is a great way to cook difficult and delicious dishes in this sweltering heat.
Loved your Amma's reaction. It stands testimony to how delicious it must have been.

Pallavi Purani April 15, 2013 at 11:47 AM  

Tad different version than the way I usually make it but the taste shall be divine for sure.

divya April 15, 2013 at 8:53 PM  

I am drooling!!! looks great...

Saraswathi Tharagaram April 16, 2013 at 2:54 AM  

Easy and tempting halwa, Love the orange color.Yumm

Rajani S April 17, 2013 at 5:11 PM  

The pressure cooker method sounds simple compared to the usual 'strain your arms' method! The halwa does look the melt in the mouth kind :)

Suchi Sm April 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM  

such a easy way of doing delicious halwa.. my appu's fav...

Preeti Garg April 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM  

Halwa in cooker.. wow what a lovely though.

Pavani N April 19, 2013 at 8:06 AM  

That's an interesting way to make halwa. Looks delicious and sounds quite simple to make. Will try.
Take care of yourself in the heat Valli.

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi April 19, 2013 at 9:50 PM  

Sounds pretty easy and simple too ..Would never have thought about this halwa in pressure cooker!

Manju April 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM  

One of my favorite, but original one taking milk and preparing is very long process, need to try you both versions but this is very quick can be done in minutes.

Nivedhanams Sowmya April 24, 2013 at 12:35 PM  

that one looks so easy... should try this... the traditional godhumai halwa is so time consuming.. so delicious and so quick also..
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veena krishnakumar April 30, 2013 at 5:31 PM  

wow Valli. This is super easy and I want to try this for myself. Vibha wont eat but have decided to indulge in this tomoro...will update you on the outcome

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