I wasn’t very fond of Indian sweets when I was little. But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t eat them at all. I ate only a few Indian sweets and one of my favorite sweets was ‘Potato Halwa’. Potato is also known as ‘aloo’ in Hindi. Thus the Hindi name for this dish is ‘Aloo ka Halwa’.
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During childhood whenever I got sick and I wasn’t in the mood of eating anything then this halwa always came as a rescuer.
Especially in such times when my mom used to ask: “What do you want to eat?”, and my usual response was: “Nothing. I don’t feel like eating anything.”
Mom: “You know, you need some strength to fight this sickness. And to gain that strength you need to eat something. Right?”
Me: “Yes, Mom but I don’t want anything right now.”
Mom: “Okay, how about I give you little soup first and some potato halwa afterwards. Would you like to have some soup then?”
And this halwa prize-bit always worked with me. No matter how sick I was, I always tasted this potato halwa which my Mommy made for me. I still love this halwa, but I just don’t make it often.
So during our last trip to India, my Mom asked if Adoria also loves aloo ka halwa like I did. I said: “I don’t know Mom. I am yet to make potato halwa for her.”
Mom: “Why haven’t you made it? You should have. I will make it for her and you right now. And I am sure she will love this like her Mommy.”
Mom made this halwa and I devoured it entirely. And when Mom fed halwa to Adoria, she started dancing in joy right after the first spoonful of halwa touched her tongue.
Adoria said: “Mmmmmm, yummy. Nani, I love this potato halwa. Can you make it again for me?” (Nani means maternal grandmother in Hindi.)
Mom: “Yes, of course. When do you want to eat it again”.
Adoria said thoughtfully: “Mmmmm, let me think. How about … tomorrow?”
Mom: “Okay, let’s make it tomorrow then.”
Being a mommy myself, that was such a pleasant sight for me to watch that bonding between a grandmother and a granddaughter. I am sure Adoria was also imprinting these beautiful moments in her life-story book to cherish them forever.
And after that day Adoria’s Potato-Halwa love affair started. Most of the times I also try to fulfill her demand of making this halwa exclusively for her. And in return, she gives me a thousand watts of smile, hugs, kisses and so many I LOVE YOU’s. Everyone’s happy 🙂
Whenever I am done with halwa cooking and try to taste it, she says: “Mommy, you said this halwa is only for me, so don’t eat it.”
But when I don’t eat, then she comes to me and asks if I want to eat halwa from her hands. And when I ask her back, “Why do you want to give it to me.” She says: “Mommy, sharing is good. We all should share, that’s why I am sharing this with you.” #PreciousMoments
Let me briefly tell you about this humble dish ‘Aloo ka Halwa’:
Aloo ka halwa is a very undemanding, easy and gluten-free dessert. Well, I certainly don’t think that any potato lovers out there need any excuse for cooking this halwa, but if you still need a reason, then the following should help:
- You can make it in a jiffy if you have guests coming over.
- Or you can make it when you have sudden cravings for something sweet.
- This also makes a perfect falahari recipe during fasts.
Preparing this halwa is very painless and it only requires a few ingredients: ghee + boiled and mashed potatoes + milk + sugar + cardamom and some chopped nuts.
- Potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed - 4 medium (Or mashed potatoes 1 cup)
- Milk - ½ cup
- Sugar - ⅓ cup or as per taste
- Ground cardamom - ½ teaspoon
- Ghee - 4 tablespoons
- Cashew nuts, almonds, and pistachio chopped - 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon for garnishing
- Heat ghee in a non-stick pan.
- Add boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes.
- Sauté on low heat for till this turns slightly golden in color.
- Add milk, sugar, cardamom powder and mix well. There should not be any lumps.
- Stir continuously until halwa turns dry.
- Add chopped almonds, chopped cashews, and chopped pistachios.
- Mix well and cook for 1 more minute.
- Garnish with nuts and rose petals and serve hot.
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Happy Cooking and Keep Sharing! 🙂