Recipe: Jowar Halwa
Updated: Jan 29
How many types of halwas have you tried before? You must have had suji ka halwa, gaajar ka halwa, daal ka halwa and perhaps even besan ka halwa. But here is a unique millet halwa for you, made using jowar (sorghum). Do give a try to this delicious dessert!
½ cup sorghum (jowar) flour
1/3 cup ghee
1/3 cup grated jaggery
3/4 cup milk (for more richness you can use full cream milk)
3/4 cup water
7-8 cashews broken into small pieces
A pinch of cardamom powder
For garnishing (optional):
1 tbsp grated dry coconut
4-5 chopped soaked almonds
Serving: 3-4 people
Calorific Value (per serving):
Energy: 371 kcal
Protein: 3 gm
Carbs: 28.58 gm
Fats: 27 gm
Fibre: 1.5 gm
In a pan, mix together water and milk. Stir and let it heat up on medium heat till it boils.
When the milk-water mixture comes to a boil, switch off the flame. Add grated jaggery to the mixture, and mix well so that the jaggery melts completely.
Put another pan on low heat and add ghee. When the ghee melts, add jowar flour and stir. Add the broken cashews and stir.
Now stir jowar flour continuously till it roasts and becomes fragrant. As it roasts you will observe the colour of jowar flour getting darker.
At this stage, slowly add the heated milk-water mixture into the pan. As you add the liquid from one hand keep whisking the jowar flour with another hand. Add the liquid in 2-3 parts, whisking continuously.
Keep stirring so that no lumps of jowar form in the mixture. Then, add cardamom powder.
Stir for another 1-2 minutes until the halwa thickens and leaves the sides of the pan.
Your Jowar Halwa is ready! Garnish this with grated coconut and chopped almonds.
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Know Your Ingredients
Jowar is millet which is gluten free and rich in protein and various essential vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. It is loaded with good amounts of calcium, copper, zinc, phosphorous, potassium and cell-building B vitamins. The rich quantity of potassium and phosphorous helps lower cholesterol and manage high blood pressure. Most importantly, the grain is incredibly rich in fibre and helps in controlling weight and reduces chances of obesity and diabetes.
Milk is a good source of high quality protein. It is considered a complete protein, providing all nice of the essential amino acids required for the body, making it a great source of proteins for vegetarians. Being rich in vitamins and minerals like calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus and magnesium, it is good for bone health. Although many people avoid full cream milk, it is a rich source of ‘good’ fats required by the body. Milk contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which is linked to many health benefits, including for the heart and brain. The fat in milk raises the level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the ‘good’ cholesterol in the body. However, despite these properties, people who are lactose intolerant should avoid milk and look for non-dairy milk substitutes like coconut milk, almond milk and even millet milk.
Cardamom, like many spices, is packed with nutrition and has been used as an ancient remedy with many medicinal properties. Cardamom is rich in vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, manganese, iron, calcium, potassium, zinc and magnesium. Cardamom is high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory effects. It is considered beneficial for lowering blood pressure, improving breathing as well as supporting weight loss. It is also considered to have compounds that help fight cancer. Cardamom also helps improve oral health and is used to fight bad breath.