A Healthier Indian Sweet Treat For Diwali
Neeru Srikanth | October 28, 2016
Continuing with my quick and easy festive recipes series, here comes an alternative healthier food option halwa recipe – Oats Halwa. In any halwa recipe, sugar and ghee cannot be avoided. I have tried to reduce both of them in this recipe, just as I did with my Weet-Bix Halwa recipe. Oats Halwa is a combination of home-made oats milk, sugar, cardamom, ghee and nuts, which is kept in the microwave for 6 minutes and cooked to achieve a halwa consistency.
Oats Halwa is a quick microwave-based halwa which can be prepared in 5 mins if the oats milk is readily available. If it is not available you are going to spend an additional 5 minutes preparing the oats milk. Refer to my oats milk recipe to learn how.
Sugar can be completely replaced with xylitol if you wish to do so. I would suggest not to use a plastic-based microwave container for this recipe as we are frying the nuts in the microwave. I have seen the plastic getting spoiled if we fry (tadka) the nuts. It’s best to use a glass container which is microwave safe. However, if you do not have a glass container, fry the nuts separately and add them to the oat milk mix.
Step 1: Prepare the oats milk as per the instructions given or use readymade. Make sure it yields 1.5 Cups.
Step 2: Take a microwave safe bowl and brush it with ghee.
Step 3: Add ghee and the pistachios. Mix well and microwave for 1 minute.
Step 4: Take out and add oats milk, sugar, cardamom and mix well.
Step 5: Microwave at high for 5 minutes in total. Take out every 2 minutes and stir well. Check if the sugar levels are fine for your taste buds at the end of the first 2 minute interval and adjust accordingly.
Step 6: Take out and add a tsp of ghee on top to get a better flavour.
Step 7: Ready to serve.
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