Wheat Halwa/ Tirunellveli கோதுமை அல்வா – A sweet made out of milk extracted from Samba wheat ( Tamil “Samba கோதுமை”). You can use either broken wheat or whole wheat. But I preferred broken wheat as the grinding process is easy in a mixie or grinder.This type of Halwa is very famous in Tirunelveli (Tamil Nadu) and hence it is popularly called Tirunelveli halwa.
Samba broken wheat or Whole wheat 1 cup
Sugar 2 ½ tbsp
Ghee 1 ½ tsp
Cashew nuts 4 tbsp
Cardamom powder 1 tbsp
Preparation time 15 min
Cooking time 50 min
Makes 600 grams
Extract the milk from the wheat by grinding in a mixie and then transferring the finely ground paste to a cloth. Squeeze the cloth to extract the milk. Transfer the wheat residue back to mixie and grind again, transfer to a cloth and squeeze again to extract some more milk.Leave the extracted milk aside for 6 hours to settle.
Prepare for caramelisation- Sugar caramel gives natural colur to halwa.There are basically three stages of caramelisation- brown caramel,dark caramel and burnt caramel. I used burnt caramel in this video. Burnt caramel gives smoked colour and nutty flavour.You can choose the one as per your taste and preference.
After 6 hours- Drain the water from wheat milk and add fresh water.Heat the milk with stove in low flame. Stir continuously.The milk thickens. Add sugar and stir. The sugar melts and dissolves completely. Cook for 5 more minutes and continue stirring to avoid lump formation. Add the caramel and mix well.
Heat the milk and stir it continuously to avoid lumps. When the milk thickens and achieves the desired consistency,add sugar and continue stirring for 5 minutes till sugar melts completely.Add cashew nut pieces and cardamom powder. Stir continuously for 20 minutes adding ghee at regular intervals. Check if halwa is non sticky taking a sample.If it does not stick, it indicates completion. Wheat Halwa is ready.
The toughest part of this preparation is the effort of stirring for a long time. If some help is available, you can take turns for stirring.Otherwise it is advised to switch off stove for a short time to take little rest and then switch on to continue.
The halwa is so delicious that all troubles undertaken will be forgotten. It is worth the effort.