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Sunday, February 02, 2014

Thirunelveli Halwa - Virtual party for Nalini

I love to celebrate my dear friends b'days , when it comes to virtual world though the treat we make for our friend can't taste our delights specially made for them , it is the love we show and It gives us so much of happiness that we able to treat them virtually . Today is another special day - Birthday of another special friend whom i met in this virtual world an year back , she is an wonderful person with lots knowledge treasured , A fantastic photographer, energetic blogger and her blog is filled with lots of traditional south indian recipes which brings out the  authenticity of our Indian food. 

I hope you might have got it , yes its Nalini suresh of Nalini's Kitchen. We met in face book and just had our casual talks but today we are so close and like to share our deeds and daily routines . She is such an down to earth person and always loves to share and help us . Am feeling so happy to celebrate her birthday and I got some surprise treats for her :) .. We friends decided to surprise her by cooking some tamil nadu spl recipes from her blog as its Nalini's forte and she is an expert in cooking traditional recipe .So I thought to make some recipe , I thought of making collection of recipes to a thali but didn't get proper time for it so did wat ever I could .. So for our lunch menu I had planned to make kozhambu , rasam, sambhar rice , poriyal and a sweet . Rasam might be missing bcoz I made it later . So this is my Treat from Nalini's space - Pottukadali sambhar, Murungakkai thakkali kozhambu , Sepankilangu Fry, Thirunelveli halwa. Hope you will like it nalini , Wishing you a many more happy returns , enjoy !!!

Thirunelveli halwa is my all time fav , as a kid i used to love the jelly like transparent halwa which my friends used to share with me at school . Thirunelveli halwa is a famous halwa from thirunelveli, tamil nadu . The one shop which sells this famous halwa with perfect texture and taste is Iruttu kadai . This halwa is generally made with wheat berries with is soaked over night and the next day the milk from it is extracted . The extracted milk is then cooked in sugar syrup and ghee till they are transparent and leaves the sides of the pan. This halwa when you make in large quantity needs a lot of muscle to stir them continuously but here as we made in small quantity it is a bit less hard work needed. This glossy looking halwa just melts in our mouth bursting all the delicious sweet taste and this one is very healthy for growing kids . Adults might watch out for the calories but you can enjoy them some days .we taotally enjoyed all the yummy recipes I made from nalini's collection and My fav was thirunelvelli halwa and Murungakai thakali kozhambu :) I will post the rest of the recipes soon :) Thanks to nalini for sharing such delicious recipe and Hope you like this yummy treat Nalini :)

Recipe Source : Nalini's Kitchen


Broken Wheat/ Gothumai Rava -1 cup
Sugar-21/4 cups
Ghee - 11/4 cup
Cashews -2-3 tbs(broken)
Cardamom powder- 1/4 tsp
Water-11/2 cups
Red color - few drops ( Optional)

  • Soak the broken wheat in water for 6 hours or over night.
  • In a blender grind broken wheat with enough water to a fine paste to extract the wheat milk.
  • Strain the milk and grind the leftover broken wheat one with some more water strain it again.
  • Discard the scum if any .
  • Keep the wheat milk on the counter top without disturbing for an hour.
  • Discard the clear liquid formed on the top.
  • Add 11/2 cups of water to the thick wheat milk and stir them well .
  • In a pan put 2 cups of sugar 1/2 cup of water and allow it to boil it reaches single string consistency.
  • When the sugar is boiling in one side meanwhile add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a separate pan with 2 tbsp of ghee and heat it.
  • Stir it and caramelize the sugar and keep it aside.Now add the wheat milk to the sugar syrup and mix it well.
  • The milk will thicken and becomes transparent, add the caramelized sugar to the mixture and few drops of red color ( optional ).
  • Add ghee in regular intervals and stir the halwa continuously.
  • Add ghee till it reaches the consistency where it leaves the sides of the pan.
  • Roast the cashews in ghee till it turn slight brown. 
  • Add the fried cashews and cardamom powder the halwa and mix it well. Enjoy them warm.


  1. Wow.... Wat a tasty Halwa. Finger licking recipe. Drooling over here.

  2. delicious halwa! One of my favorite :)

  3. Wow! nice platter and yummilicious halwa.

  4. wow yummy platter for Nalini akka's b'day....wonderful job Manju

  5. Wow .. thats tasty 1.. a great virtual treat for a co blogger friend..

  6. Wah wah so yummy halwa and so beautiful tooo...

  7. wow what a platter... looks so superb dear... Halwa looks so tempting and lovely clicks... Superb thali treat for nalini aks.. Hope she loved it much...:)

  8. Yummy platter...Love it

  9. i'm drooling at that platter... and better not talk about the halwa...

  10. What lovely halwa... Malini is one lucky lady1 :)

  11. wow.... looks wonderful... happy bday Nalini...

  12. Dats awesome Manjula.. hw long ll it take ?? the stirring process?

  13. Halwa looks super tempting sis, perfect treat for Nalini...

  14. Wow!!!wonderful and droolworthy platter,I am so much blessed to have friends like you to surprise me with such a delicious spread,feeling so happy.Btw the halwa looks absolutely delicious and perfectly made..Thank you so much for the effort and you are always a thali queen..

  15. halwa looks very delicious and tempting..

  16. What a wonderful virtual treat! Everything looks so good!!

  17. tempting halwa n wonderful spread dear!!!

  18. halwa looks superb da makes me drool :) what a lovely feast for Nalini I am sure she had all smiles :) superb spread Manju

  19. Lovely virtual party!! Hope your friend had a great birthday..

  20. Love to see some bond, between bloggers. Yes, its nice to speak to her always. I feel relaxed,when I speak with her.Love the spread.

  21. delicious platter dear!!! My favorite thirunelveli halwa :)


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