Yesterday I made Bombay halwa for my kids, because they love it. I actually had read the recipe somewhere, but then I got the recipe from my sister last week. Bombay halwa is a popular type of halwa made with sago, corn flour and wheat flour and popular in Bombay, now known as Mumbai, which is the capital city of Maharashtra, India. The Bombay halwa of Bombay, Punjabi halwa of Punjab, Tirunelveli halwa of Tamil Nadu and Kozhikodan halwa of Kerala are some of the popular halwa’s in the country. Halwa is a sweet, dense confection and Bombay halwa is a real delicacy. The recipe is shared here, so you can give it a try.
Recipe for Bombay halwa
- Sago: ½ cup
- Corn flour: 1/3 cup
- Plain flour: ½ cup
- Sugar: 4 ½ cup
- Water: 4 cups
- Ghee: 1 ½ cup
- Cardamom powder: 1 tsp
- Lemon juice: 2 tbsp
- Food color: a pinch (orange, green, red, yellow)
- Cashew nuts: 10
- Peanuts: 10
- Almonds: 10
- Pistachios: 10
- Put the sago in a bowl and pour 2 ½ cup of water over it and keep it aside for 10 hours.
- Mix the corn flour and plain flour together. Pour 2 ½ cup of water over it and keep it aside for 10 hours.
- Mix the sugar and the water and boil the mixture until the sugar is completely dissolved in the water and you get thick sugar syrup.
- Heat 2 tbsp of ghee in a pan and lightly fry the nuts. Remove and keep aside.
- Heat the sugar syrup.
- Add the lemon juice.
- Combine the sago and the corn flour-plain flour mixture and mix well. Add this mixture to the sugar syrup.
- Stir for a few seconds. Add 2 tbsp of ghee and continue stirring.
- Add the food color and cardamom powder and mix well.
- Continue stirring and keep adding 1 tbsp of ghee every few seconds till half the cup of ghee is used. The ghee will get absorbed in the halwa.
- Keep stirring and slowly the halwa will start leaving the sides of the pan.
- Add the remaining ghee and continue stirring for 2-3 minutes till the halwa becomes a whole mass.
- Switch off the flame.
- Add the fried nuts and mix well.
- Now grease a tray with some ghee and pour the mixture into it. Leave it aside for 1 hour. When it becomes cool, cut the halwa and serve.
I have added four types of nuts to the halwa, but you can use nuts of your choice. Similarly you can also use the food color according to your preference.
Another popular halwa of Bombay is the ‘Bombay Ice halwa’. It is not made of ice, as in the name, but with semolina, ghee, and sugar and garnished with nuts. Bombay halwa is a very delicious dessert that can be served for any occasion.