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Recently visited a barbecue nation with my loving sister. enjoyed a lot, lots of chit chat …thanks di for wonderful luncheon the food was awesome especially pudding, among all puddings we enjoyed MIRCHI HALWA most.
This was the first time I heard this name Mirchi Halwa, In-fact, I was so curious that I started searching for the recipe soon I came back from the restaurant. To my surprise, I found out that this is a specialty of Maurya Sheraton a very famous luxury hotel chain of India.
Yes, you read right. Mirchi ka halwa is especially popular in arid and tropical regions the state of Rajasthan. The marvel of Indian cuisine lies in its ingenious use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables, and fruits and transform them into delicious sweet treats. Mirchi ka halwa is a unique and interesting preparation of boiled green chili paste cooked with khoya and semolina.
From the net search I found out few recipes but I was not very satisfied with any. So I decided to mix and match two recipes and try it out myself. I got wonderful results and everyone at home including e few friends liked it and the best part is …..they couldn’t guess that it is made of green chilies, everyone guessed it differently.
How to make it? Is it spicy?
I am sure all these questions are in your mind. Believe me, this Mirchi Ka Halwa is not at all spicy It is as sweet as any other halwa. In fact, it is a rich and tasty halwa
What Ingredients are required?
To make Mirchi Ka Halwa I used a very simple Ingredients like
- Mirch or chillies : chillies are the main ingredient of this halwa, it gives the special taste to it.
- Khoya / Mawa : Khoya also known as mawa or khoa is dried evaporated milk solids. the milk is slowly simmered in a large iron kadai, till all its moisture evaporates and it reduces to solids. In Indian cooking, especially in northern parts of India, khoya forms a base of almost all sweets.
- Alum : It is aluminum potassium sulfate. This is the type of alum that you find in the grocery store for pickling and in baking powder. We are using alum to mellow down the pungent taste of green chilli.
- Semolina/sooji: This will give body to our tasty halwa.
- Nuts : Let’s give a nice crunch and roasted flavor to our halwa.
- Flavoring Agents: saffron and cardamom are the flavoring agents. I like to use both in sweets, if you want you can use any one of them.
If you are Indian sweet lovers like me, I would like to suggest you few more fudge/ halwa recipes which I had shared earlier like:
- Besan Halwa- A Fudge with Difference
- Aloo Ka Halwa- A Devine Prasad
- Suji Halwa- A Prasad
- Kada prasad- Aate ka halwa
- And so on…
Mirchi halwa/ Green Chilli FudgeCourse: DessertCuisine: Indian
Mirchi Halwa is fudge made out of green chillies and has a rich texture.
Green chillies de seeded and slit 40 grams + 1 big bell pepper
Alum 1 inch
Ghee 2 tbsp
Semolina (rawa/suji) 2 1/2 tbs
Green cardamom powder 1/4 tsp
Khoya/mawa grated 11/2 cup
Sugar 4 tbsp
Cashew Nuts chopped …4-5
Almonds chopped a few…4-5
Saffron a few strings
- Wash,de seeded and cut green chilies. Heat water in a non stick pan. Add alum and green chillies and cook for 2-3 minutes. Strain the chillies. Repeat this process 3-4 times. This will mellow down the pungent taste of green chilli.
- Drain and grind the chillies coarsely. Heat ghee in a non stick pan, add semolina and sauté for a minute.
- Add the ground chillies and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Sauté properly.. This will reduce tangy flavor of chillies. Add cardamom powder and mix well.
- Add khoya and sugar and cook on a low heat till the halwa begins to leave the sides of the pan.
- Transfer the halwa into serving bowls, garnish with chopped nuts and serve.