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Friday, October 22, 2010

Microwave ABC Halwa

Before anyone starts wondering whether I am cooking with alphabets, let me assure you that those letters stand for the healthiest and yummiest fruits and the vegetable that star in this delicious and colorful halwa. A for apple, B for banana and c for carrot, you see. The sweet and juicy apple, the vibrant colored crunchy carrot and the humble banana together form a melt in mouth and visually appealing halwa.
I moved to this country a dozen years ago, with minimal culinary skills. I guess I managed to cook 'everyday meals' decently. The real problem was when I had the urge to prepare something special at odd hours when I couldn't call my mother. Then the dear Internet would come to my rescue. At that time, only a few sites were dedicated to Indian cooking that helped to some extent. Most of my trials would be sweets (my favorite of course) though M never had / has a sweet tooth and my son was an infant. It didn't even matter that I was the only person who had to consume all those sugar, butter - laden treats. I was thin as a stick then and so calories didn't come into picture at all. :) Everyday there would be a special.
When I reflect back, I think that I used to cook more borrowed recipes from internet then compared to now. Some of them have found a permanent place in my recipe repertoire. This delicious and easy to cook ABC halwa is one such recipe that has been cooked many times in my kitchen. Today's version is microwave based and doesn't use even a drop of ghee. It takes around 15 minutes to prepare and the only things you do are put the mixture in the MW and stir 3 -4 times.

Ingredients for 2 servings:
1 apple
1 carrot
1 banana
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
For garnish - Chopped nuts or ghee toasted Cashews

* Peel the apple & carrot and grate them. Mash the banana.
* Add the prepared fruits and the milk in a microwave safe bowl. Cook till it is done and the whole mixture comes together. It may take around 10 - 12 minutes and keep stirring in between.
* Add sugar and cardamom powder to the cooked halwa and put it back in the MW for a couple of minutes more.
* Garnish with nuts or ghee toasted cashews.

This goes to all these lovely events
1. My CFK - Festive Foods, an event originally started by Sharmi.
2. Smitha's MEC - Festive dishes, an event originally started by Srivalli.
3. Priya's Veggie / Fruit a month - Apple
4. Ayesha's Anyone can cook event.
5. Akheela's Food Palette Series - Orange

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Suji said...

Delicious halwa and those three are my fav...

Unknown said...

that looks soo wonderfully yummy!! with all the goodness, n healthy too!! thanx for the entry!

Unknown said...

Hi Suma,

The halwa looks yummm...will send some enties soon...



harini-jaya said...

very simple and delicious ..ur clicks are as good as ever!!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious healthy halwa

Kurinji said...

Looks nice...

Umm Mymoonah said...

I have heard about this abc halwa somewhere, but couldn't remember. Anyway even halwas are made easy by talented bloggers like you. Looks so yummy. Thank you for sharing it with Any One Can Cook. Sorry dear this week link is closed, so I'll definitely link it up for next week series. Keep sending your delicious recipes.

Gayathri Kumar said...

Halwa is simply superb!

Priya Suresh said...

Thats a beautiful and gorgeous looking halwa...

Torviewtoronto said...

thank you Suma for linking it to food palette orange

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said...

Thats a Delicious Halwa!!!! Very Healthy!!!!