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>>  Monday, April 11, 2016

Ice Halwa - A to Z Maharashtrian Sweets

Serendipity happens. When you search for something really hard, it will seek you. Okay, wonder why I am talking so philosophic? Well when I finalised my list on A to Z Maharashtrian Sweets, I almost landed with most of the alphabets on my first sitting itself. I never even bothered to check if the selected recipes were  doable or not. There were some really tough alphabets that I took help from Pradnya, few from others. However "I" happened just like that. I am not sure how I landed in this. I just did.

Though I had given clause that we can use English words for those tough alphabets, I was keen on not using it as much as possible. In fact, I was grinning left to right checking finally that I used English for only one alphabet. One exception to this rule is, there are some regional dish names that go along with English words. like Hotel Sambar, Venna Biscuit etc. So this is perfectly fine. Anyway when I read that there is a halwa that's famously called as Ice Halwa, I marked it to do, no matter how tough it might turn out to be. 

A bit peek on the famous halwa. Ice Halwa is also called as Bombay Halwa, is synonymous with the best halwa from the iconic ice halwa shops, Mohanlal S Mithaiwala, Regal Sweets. Mumbai's Legendary Ice Halwa is quite easy to make if you follow the recipe that seems to be available online. Ice halwa is thin in width, comes in both white and golden with lots of nuts and saffron on top. I am told these are sliced as 4-inch square sheets. Mohanlal S Mithaiwala has many flavours in this halwa. Ice halwa is milk white in colour, whereas Golden Halwa is yellow because of the saffron used.

After finalising this halwa, I searched for a recipe. I landed in two online sites that had recipes here and here. One had All purpose flour and the other Semolina. I was planning to make both, however, I had procrastinated till yesterday and it was too late to attempt at making two versions. I also think the nature of ghee matters. I have used shudh cow ghee and it was quite strong. While making it, Konda did say that I seem to have used too much ghee. For once I wanted to follow the recipe and didn't alter anything. I made the recipe with Maida and went ahead with clicking. Maybe the Semolina will happen someday. 

I made both Ice Halwa and Golden Halwa with Saffron.

Ice Halwa

Ingredients Needed:

Maida / All purpose flour - 1/2 cup 
Milk - 1/2 cup 
Ghee - 1/2 cup 
Sugar - 1 cup 
Almond, Pistachio - 1/4 cup slivers
Cardamom powder a pinch

For Golden Halwa

10-12 saffron threads and Pinch of yellow food colour

How to make Ice Halwa 

Before starting the preparation, have two greased butter paper, rolling pin ready. Nuts all chopped and ready.

Take a nonstick pan, add ghee, melt for few seconds on a heat. Switch off the heat.

Add flour, Sugar and Milk. Mix well. Add food colour if you're making golden halwa.

Put the pan on flame again, and start cooking the mixture, keep stirring continuously on a medium heat and make sure there are no lumps formed.

This takes just about 5 to 7 mins. My collage pictures are taken in intervals of 2 mins. 

Cook until the runny content turns to a thick mass. When you see that mass is thick and can be rolled, switch off the heat and quickly transfer the mixture on a butter paper.

Now lay another butter paper on the mixture, quickly start rolling the mixture. Remove the upper paper and generously sprinkle almond and pistachio slivers, cardamom seeds. Repeat the same along with adding the saffron for golden halwa. Once done, lay the paper on the half rolled mixture, roll it again to a 2-3 cm thickness and carefully lift off top layered paper.

Let it cool for few minutes, then cut the halwa squares, however, do not lift or remove.

Allow halwa squares to cool completely, for about 4-5 hours.

When the halwa is set, it will have a shiny surface, dry and stiff enough to lift.  Carefully lift each piece and pile interleaved with greaseproof paper between each slice and store in an airtight container.

For the measurement, 1 cup of sugar seems to be required, though it is very sweet for my taste. The ghee was also little too much for my liking, however as I said it will depend on the ghee you use. 

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Nisha Sundar April 11, 2016 at 1:20 AM  

Wow valli... After reading Vaishali's Ice gola I thought this has something to with ice.. I was intrigued by the name. :) :) This looks absolutely delicious.. I love your presentation as well..

Amara Annapaneni April 11, 2016 at 3:28 AM  

My kids love Ice Halwa, yours look delicious. Thanks for a wonderful recipe. Bookmarked it:)

Suma Gandlur April 11, 2016 at 3:49 AM  

I was under thinking that the rubbery (cornflour one perhaps) halwa was called Bombay halwa or the Karachi halwa. Nonetheless your ice halwa looks delicious.

Sapana Behl April 11, 2016 at 5:01 AM  

Very interesting name of the halwa.Love the way you have presented it.

Pavani N April 11, 2016 at 8:05 AM  

That is a very interesting name for a halwa. Looks like it's going to just melt in the mouth.

marudhus kitchen April 11, 2016 at 8:49 AM  

now only hearing about this dish...great recipe going to try

Pranjal April 11, 2016 at 10:08 AM  

Ice halwa is one speciality from Mumbai. The one which Mohan mithaiwala makes is truly amazing. The great news is that the original ice halwa can now be purchased online.

vaishali sabnani April 11, 2016 at 1:52 PM  

Mumbai has this special Ice Halwa..while making my list I first decided on Ice Halwa..but did not find it authentic for Sindhi...must try this one , has been on my list for a long time now.Looks wonderful.

Padma Rekha April 11, 2016 at 3:06 PM  

But why the name Ice halwa? since there is no ice used or not kept it in the fridge.. any way what ever it is halwa looks so delicious...

Sandhya Ramakrishnan April 11, 2016 at 10:27 PM  

That is a very interesting name for a halwa. I guess because of the texture and color, they have the name as ice halwa. The recipe is very simple and looks doable. WIll bookmark to try for my sweet cravings.

The Pumpkin Farm April 11, 2016 at 10:47 PM  

this takes a lot of guts valli...i am yet to make one myself...have bookmarked now

Priya Suresh April 12, 2016 at 1:38 AM  

Heard lot about this halwa, wish u could pack me some.

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan April 12, 2016 at 1:46 AM  

Serendipity happens lol.. interesting recipe and the name ice halwa sounds intriguing.

Nalini's Kitchen April 12, 2016 at 7:00 AM  

It has been on my to do list since long,perfectly made.Tasted once in my friends place.

Gayathri Kumar April 12, 2016 at 1:14 PM  

I thought it has something to do with ice or it is refrigerated. Love this version of halwa with maida. Looks yum..

Kalyani April 12, 2016 at 5:07 PM  

i gotto admire ur guts to make this.. I would have thought this was unthinkable to be made at home !!

rajani April 12, 2016 at 10:18 PM  

I love sweets of all kind and this BM I'm seeing them everywhere. Nice crack on the alphabet. It looks really delicious

Usha April 12, 2016 at 11:22 PM  

I was curious to see what this ice halwa is and was wondering how you made halwa with ice. Nice recipe and choice for 'I'. You did not use the English name clause yet, ended up with a dish that starts with an English word.. :)

Harini-Jaya R April 14, 2016 at 5:56 AM  

The name fooled us all :) This sounds so delicious. Sinful.

Smruti Shah April 15, 2016 at 12:41 AM  

Valli, this is the favorite recipe in our house. I make the maida version of it and we LOVE it!!

Chef Mireille April 21, 2016 at 6:46 AM  

not what I was expecting by the name - wonder how it got its name regardless looks deliicious

Ruchi Indu May 14, 2016 at 9:26 AM  

I thought you are going to present something made of ice :). ICe halwa actually sounds like a very easy recipe...

veena krishnakumar May 15, 2016 at 12:16 PM  

Planning to make it again?? :). Looks like it melts in the mouth

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