Friday, August 15, 2008

Tiranga Halwa...

Happy Independence Day to all Readers of this Blog....:-)

India this year has celebrated its 61st Independence Day...I feel very honoured and proud to be born as an Indian and come what may I will never give up on this Cultural Identity of mine...I strongly respect my Roots and where I come from...Though I live in a Foreign Land...there is not a day I don't think of My HomeLand. I truly cherish all the Memories of me growing up and developing all the characteristics of being a True Indian...i.e. Respect for Our Motherland India and deep-rooted trust and belief for all our Values and Traditions...which every Indian associates themselves with.

This Year August 15 falls on a very Auspicious Day of Varalakshmi Vratam (Sravana Sukravaram)...and it happens to be My Best Friends Birthday...So it was an apt day for a Triple Celebration...I was busy all day making different food items to offer as Naivedyam (Prasadam) to the Goddess Varalakshmi and then spent another couple of hours reverently praying for the Health and Good Life of My Husband...

But how can I forget My Motherland and the importance of August 15th and how well we used to celebrate this day back home...and all the sweet Goodies we used to get at school and college on this day...So I decided to make something to mark the occasion of Indian Independence Day...I remembered that my friends Spandy and Siri both came up with this wonderful treat for last years Independence Day...While theirs is a traditional recipe...I worked on producing one a little different...and with a few modifications/additions to their recipe, I made my Own Trianga Halwa...representing the colours of our Indian National Flag....SAFFORN, WHITE and GREEN....

Here goes the Recipe:
Ingredients:
1.5Cups Fine Semolina (Bombay Rava,Sooji)
1.5Cups Fine Dessicated Coconut( can use finelt grated fresh coconut)
2Cups Sugar
1Cup Ghee (Clarified Butter)
4Cups of Water
1tsp Cardamom powder
1/2Cup Roasted Cashews (powdered to a fine powder)

To Finish:
Orange Colour
Green Colour
Roasted Cashews
Sultanas

Process:
1) In a Large Pan, melt the Ghee and add the Rava and Dessicated Coconut to it and roast it on a slow flame till the ghee is well coated over them and a nice aroma wafts the air. Care must be be taken for them to not get any brown colour. So continously stir when they are getting roasted.
2) Then add the Sugar, Cardamom Powder and Powdered Cashew Powder to the the above mixture and stir it till all the ingredients are well mixed.
3) In another pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
4) Slowly add the water to the rava mixture while continously stirring to avoid any lumps from forming.
5) You will know that it is cooked when the mixture starts to leave the sides of the pan.
6) Once cooked, divide the Mixture into 3 equal parts.
7) Mix both colours separately with a little water and then add Orange to one part of Halwa and Green to other part of Halwa. Mix well to ensure even distribution of colour.
8) On a warm greased plate firstly place the Green Part of Halwa and spread it to form an even layer.
9) Then place the uncoloured Halwa on top of the Green and spread it evenly again.
10) Lastly top with Orange part of Halwa and spread it to form an even layer.
11) Smooth the Sides and leave it aside to cool.
12) Using a Warm Knife, cut the halwa into desired shape and garnish it with roasted nuts and sultana. Serve them Warm or at Room Temperature.

This is how it looked...

The Orange colour might not be exact because I actually didnot have Orange...I used Yellow and added a little Pink to it to achieve this colour. My Husband and our friends who visited us for dinner that night were very impressed and enjoyed the sweet immensely...and I am very Happy that they liked it. So heres another food item I tried to be innovative with by adding Powdered Cashew and Dessicated Coconut. But if you prefer the regular Sooji Halwa...check out Spanz and Siri's Recipes which are equally Awesome...!!!

I wanted to send this entry to Pooja's Theme of the Week:Safforn,White and Green (Independence Day Special) but missed on posting the recipe by the due date...


So I am sending this across to EC's What's Your Favourite (WYF): Colour in Food Event

Recipe Source: Spandana of Cinnamom Trail and Sirisha of Ambrosia Flavours....and My Modifications...
Image Source: My Phone Camera...

Hope You All liked this Post...Please do try this version and let me know how it turns out...
So Until Next Time...Happy Cooking...:-)

17 comments:

usha said...

happy independence day to you!!!!
where is the recipe for the tiranga halwa..... :o

Amu... said...

Hey Usha...
Weekends I work...so dont get much time to spend on Net...I will soon update...just wanted to wish all...hence the Post...

Happy Independence Day to you too...:-)

Usha said...

Hi Amu,I just got here from Rajani's blog where she made your bread rolls.You have a very nice blog with a good variety of recipes,I went through your step by step inst for the bread rolls, hope to try it soon:)

Amu... said...

Hey Usha...
Thanks for stopping my Blog...It is a Pleasure to have you here...

Thanks for the Lovely Compliment...Please do Try them and let me know how they turn out...

Here some of My Bread Luck to you..:-)

Praneetha Raghava said...

thk u ra amu. thk u for the wishes. how r u doing? I am waiting for ur tiranga halwa. post it soon. can't wait to see it :-)

Amu... said...

@Pranee...I am doing Good...and done posting the Recipe...Check out...:-)

Hope you like it....

Padma said...

I k now I am late, busy these days yaar! btw tiranga halwa looks adorable, Amu!

Praneetha Raghava said...

wow.. tiranga halwa is def'ly worth the wait. looks soo soo tempting. This will be the first one I will be trying from ur blog... btw. u have a surprise in a blog. take a look.http://kitchenflavors.blogspot.com/2008/08/my-1st-award.html

Praneetha Raghava said...

thank u amu.. if u don't have this stand, stores lo puff pancake stand dorukutundi. looks exactly like this with a handle. andulo vesukovachu. for ur ref... chk this link to see how it looks : http://davidkearns.com/content/binary/pancake-puff-new.jpg
this might also work.

Amu... said...

Pranee...U are forgetting One important fact...I live in Australia...so we dont get all that u get in US...esp because food habits vary too sweetie...

But thanks for the info dear..:-)

Srivalli said...

Those are some lovely ones..nice work on them amu...

Nandini said...

The idea is great. but upper layer is yellow anf our national flag got saffron is not it?

Amu... said...

@Padma...
Thanks Babes...:-)

@Srivalli...
Thank You So much...

@Nadini...
Thank You...Nice to have you visit my Blog...

For the colour you mentioned...I know that the flag colours are Saffron, White and Green...But if you read the post CAREFULLY I have clearly mentioned that I didnot have Orange so had to use Yellow with Pink to achieve this result....hence the discrepancy...

Hope you got the point...:-)

easycrafts said...

Hi Amu...thanks for participating in the event with this lovely dish..also this way I got to discover ur blog too..nice collection of recipes here..can u pls mail me at easycrafts@gmail.com the details of your post for the event so that it becomes easy during the roundup..you can check the event announcement on the blog for the details to the sent

easycrafts said...

Thanks for participating with this delicious dessert

notyet100 said...

u have nic blog,..halwa looks awesome,..frst time here,,,will be back soon,..ceeya:-)

Amu... said...

@EC....
Thanks for accepting my entry...I am humbled...and Welcome to my Crazy World...keep do visiting me here regularly...:-)

@Notyet...Sorry could not grab your name...Thanks for dropping by here...A Warm Welcome and I am glad to see your lovely comment...Please do visit regularly...Thank You...