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Tricolor Halva (An Indian Dessert)

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A classic Indian dessert layered to resemble the Indian flag.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 cups Water
  • 3 drops Orange Food Color
  • 3 drops Green Food Color
  • 1 cup Suji Or Semolina
  • ⅔ cups Ghee (clarified Butter)
  • ¼ cups Raisins Or Cashews (optional)
  • 1-⅓ cup Sugar

Preparation

This recipe is usually made according to ratio, so that you can scale up and down as you want. To fill an 8-inch cake pan 3/4 of the way, follow the amounts I’ve given. Feel free to change the cup size as you want, and follow the recipe.

1. Mix the milk and water and divide the water/milk mixture into 3 parts. Color 2 of them orange and green respectively. Leave one plain. Keep the orange and green mixtures in wide pans, they will go on the stove later.
2. In a kadai (wok-shaped pan), over medium heat, dry roast the suji for about 5 minutes to bring out the flavor. Constantly stir throughout the halva process, otherwise it will burn.
3. Add the ghee, and let it brown, about 15 minutes.
4. Add in the raisins and cashews or whatever else you choose, cook for a minute.
5. Mix in the sugar and immediately divide into 3 parts. Add one each to the orange and green liquid containing pans. Add the plain water/milk mixture to the remaining part.
6. According to your desired order of layering, decide the order of semolina mixtures to be cooked. Since I intended to invert the pan later, I chose orange first.
7. Cook the orange mixture until it thickens and leaves the sides of the pan. Layer onto a prepared pan or ring mould while hot; it will be easier to handle.
8. Now cook the white mixture and then green mixture until ready, layer them both, packing well, and then invert the entire thing. The halva has enough ghee that it will come out easily, and if you pack it well enough, it won’t crumble either.
9. Serve warm. Keep in the refrigerator for at least a week.

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maryam ahmad on 8.18.2014

what a beautiful presentation!
i tried it this independence day! :-)
I have also included your blogpost in my round-up of yummy tricolor eats (with a link back to yr blog)
its here: http://homespunaround.blogspot.in/2014/08/happy-independence-day-celebrations.html

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yumsiliciousbakes on 8.18.2010

You don’t need to cool the layers at all. I had all 3 cooking simultaneously [been making this dessert since I was a child], and layered them all immediately.

In fact, you should layer them when hot, it’ll spread easier!

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Recipe For Delicious on 8.17.2010

What a gorgeous dessert! Do you have to cool the layers for long before adding the next one?

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Aparna B. (Not A Leaf) on 8.16.2010

This sounds awesome! Love the flag colors!! Yay for India!

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maryam ahmad on 8.18.2014

hi- it looks delicious and I tried it this Independence day! :)
also did a round-up of yummy tricolor eats and have linked it back to this page.
its here: http://homespunaround.blogspot.in/2014/08/happy-independence-day-celebrations.html

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