‘A Very Happy And healthy New Year ‘ to all readers from Healthy Slurps. What better way to start a New year than with a sweet dish! If the sweet can also pack in a healthy punch - well, I can’t ask for more. Here is a super simple, yummy recipe for an un – put – downable halwa. Go ahead, start the new year with a BANG!! with this melt in the mouth creation….I must thank my dear sis-in-law, Deepa for giving me this recipe.
- Whole almonds with skin – 1 cup
- Seedless soft dates – chopped fine, 1 cup ( I used Lion seedless dates)
- Skim milk, boiled – 1 cup ( I used 3% milk)
- White cooking butter, melted – 1 cup
- Sugar – 2 cups
- Warm the almonds lightly in a microwave, this helps quick powdering. Use the pulse button in your mixer, and pulse grind the almonds to a soft powder along with the skin. The powder should look like this-
- Take a heavy bottomed sauce pan or use a non-stick pot.
- Pour in all five ingredients together into the pot.
- Stir the contents over fire. You can start off with a high flame, and then reduce flame to medium once the ingredients are incorporated well together and begin to bubble.
- It took me 15 minutes of stirring continuously over medium flame to complete cooking the halwa.
- The halwa is done when it starts frothing around the sides of the pot and begins to leave the sides.Remove to a storage bowl immediately.
- This does not need any garnishing, and can be served spooned warm. Perfect for cold wintry weekend treats!
- Take care to pulse grind almond powder – avoid extracting almond oil !
- Chop dates as fine as possible.
- Keep stirring over flame to avoid burning at the bottom of the pan.
- Do not overcook – else it will turn out to be a brittle texture, instead of a moist one. If in doubt, you can remove from fire and can cool a spoon of halwa, check if it is done and then return to fire if it is still liquidy.
- Almonds are a great source of protein, fat, fibre, of vitamins-thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin E; and of minerals- iron, copper, zinc. This unique combination makes it wonderful for growing children.The fat is mostly of monounsaturated kind which is helpful in building HDL cholesterol, and reducing LDL cholesterol.For more information on health benefits of almonds look here.
- Dates are energy packed, bursting with iron, zinc. Also a good source of potassium which is very necessary for smooth working of heart muscles and an efficient nervous system.Foods high on potassium also help in regulating sodium in the body, hence control blood pressure.
- Dates contain no fat. The high fibre content in dates makes sure the body escapes constipation, colon cancer.
- Dates also pack in several B complex vitamins such as niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid.This makes it a handy snack for pregnant and lactating women as well as children in growth phase, especially if they are active in sports.
- This recipe combines the two wonder ingredients almonds and dates and combines milk and butter to it as a bonus!The use of butter does make it a high calorie dish – however it is good to remember healthy, active children need no calorie restriction and you may just be able to get a reluctant child to eat this delicious form of dates or almond.As for the others, moderation is the key word to remember! Do indulge in this ‘healthy sin’ in moderation and remember to work out a little extra to deserve this lovely treat!
- Sending this dish to The Veggie Hut as my entry to ongoing event ' Winter warmers'