Neeru Srikanth | October 21, 2016
I want to share a few quick and easy halwa recipes that make use of healthy ingredients this Diwali (Also check out the Oats Halwa Recipe) . And when I say quick, I mean it! This Weet-Bix Halwa can be prepared in less than 10 minutes. Roast the Weet-Bix in ghee and cook it along with almonds,saffron & palm sugar and that’s it, you’re done!
I personally prepare this dish very often at home during festivals which fall on a working day due to its ease. I was initially hesitant to post the Weet-Bix halwa recipe as I was unsure about the availability of Weet-Bix in different parts of the world. Turns out, I needn’t have worried – it is available almost everywhere – either in supermarkets or online.
The measurements in this halwa recipe is for 4 pieces of Weet-Bix. Each piece is 15grams. Please adjust timings and other measurements based on the amount of Weet-Bix you use. I prefer palm sugar as a healthier food choice alternative to refined sugar. This makes the healthy dish guilt-free for me. The measurements of ghee are the most minimal one required for this halwa and you may wish to increase to your tastes.
If you do not have time to soak the nuts, do not use almonds as it is a must to peel them and requires to be soaked for 2 hours beforehand. You may also use ready-made almond milk instead of grinding the nuts to a nice paste. In that case, use 1½ cup of almond milk and use only ½ a cup of water.
The pictures in this recipe are taken at different intervals. The picture above is after the halwa has cooled down, when a layer forms at the top, similar to milk, and hence there’s a smooth texture. The picture below is after the halwa has been mixed some hours later to show the final, coarse texture of the Weet-Bix halwa.
Step 1: If you are using almonds, soak them for 2 hours. Otherwise, ignore Steps 1-3.
Step 2: Remove the skin from almonds.
Step 3: Blend the nuts with saffron and less than ½ a cup of water. Blend to a nice paste.
Step 4: Take a microwave safe bowl and brush it with ghee.
Step 5: Crush the Weet-Bix separately with hands.
Step 6: Add a teaspoon on ghee and mix well.
Step 7: Microwave for 30 seconds. Take out and mix well.
Step 8: Microwave for another 30 seconds. By this time you should get a nice aroma. If not, then remove from microwave, mix it well and return to microwave for another 30 seconds. Do not keep beyond 1 ½ minutes. The colour does not change much.
Step 9: Add the nuts-saffron mix, remaining water, palm sugar and cardamom with the Weet-Bix. Mix well. The water gets absorbed fast.
Step 10: Add 1 tsp ghee on top.
Step 11: Microwave for a total of 4 minutes. Take out every 2 minutes and mix well. Adjust the sugar taste, (if you want to do so) during these intervals.
Step 12: After 4 minutes take out and add a teaspoon of ghee. The halwa thickens on its own over the next 5 minutes.
Step 13: Serve either hot, warm or cold. The consistency would remain the same.
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