Whole wheat berries - 1 cup
( you will get 1 & 1/2 cups of milk out of 1 cup whole wheat berries)
Water - 1 & 1/2 cups
Sugar - 2 & 1/4 cups
( Usually sugar is double the quantity of the milk,its too sweet for me so i have reduced the sugar)
Sugar - 1 tbsp & Ghee - 1 tsp to caramelize
Ghee - 1 cup
Cardamom crushed - 6
Chopped cashew nuts fried in ghee - 1 tbsp
Orange food colour - a generous pinch ( optional)
(caramelized sugar did not give much colour to the halwa so i added extra food colour )
Soak the whole wheat in water for 8 hours or overnight,next day wash it well.
Pour fresh water & grind it in a blender or wet grinder till soft.
Extract the milk add some more water & repeat the process 2 more times.
Now cover this milk & leave it for 6 hours.After 6 hours you will find the thick milk settled at the bottom & clear liquid on top.
Now slowly discard the clear liquid making sure the thick milk is not disturbed.
Now add 1 & 1/2 cups of water to the thick milk mix & keep aside.
Continue stirring till the sugar has caramelized, now reduce the flame and add the remaining sugar & 1/2 cup water.
Boil till you get a one string consistency now add the diluted wheat milk .
In medium low flame keep stirring till raw smell has disappeared and the mixture has started to thicken.Now add ghee in intervals and keep stirring till the whole halwa has absorbed the ghee.
The last stage is the whole ghee will ooze out from the halwa & the halwa just slides out from your ladle.At this stage add the fried cashew nuts & cardamom powder.
Mix well & switch off the stove.Serve them warm!
a) The ratio of this sweet is usually wheat milk - 1 cup,sugar -2 cups ghee -1 cup.
b) Cook the mixture till raw smell has completely disappeared before adding ghee otherwise the finished product will have a raw smell ( very important step ).
c) Non stick pan is better for this sweet, its easy to clean & stir.I have made this halwa even in slow cooker but i liked the texture only on stove top method.
d) Warm the halwa before you serve.
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