Special thanks to my 10 year old niece for running the camera by herself for me while I made the Halwo
I finally made a video of Halwo. It seems like a hard dish to make but I hope my video will help to make it easier. It is all about the heat setting and the temp of the stove. Of course, there are many different recipes for Halwo but here is mine.
Cook time: about 1 hour 45 minutes to 2hours plus 3 hours to cool
Makes about 15 to 20 thick pieces
1 Cup of Corn Starch
1 teaspoon of orange food color powder
4 cups of Water
3 Cups of Sugar
1 Cup of Light Brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of Cardamom powder
1/4 teaspoon of Nutmeg
1/2 Cup of oil
1/2 Cup of Butter or Ghee
1/4 Cup of Peanuts (optional)
In a bowl mix 1 cup of water with the corn starch and food coloring. mix well until smooth. In a pan on medium high (7 on the stove) add the remaining water, white sugar and brown sugar. Stir well until sugar is fully dissolved. Once small bubbles have started to form (not a full boil) add the corn starch mixture.
Stir constantly until it just starts to thicken then add the oil. Stir well. Reduce heat to low (about a 3 on the stove). Stir every 15 minutes adding 2 tablespoons of butter/ghee. It will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes or so for the Halwo to become very thick and a lot of tiny bubble form. At this time add the cardamom powder, nutmeg and nuts (if using). Stir well and pour the Halwo into a dish/cake pan. I use a very small cake pan that is 6" X 9". The Halwo will fill the pan to the top. Let cool on the shelf. Once fully cooled, turn pan upside down and the Halwo will slide out. Cut and Serve.
The hardest part is not to stir the Halwo too often. I put it on low so that I don't have to stir it as much. Also, if you think the Halwo is too oily when you pour it in a pan, take a paper towel and dab it to soak off the oil.