topic posted Sun, October 4, 2009 - 11:18 PM by  Unsubscribed
a most delicious Indian semolina pudding:

1 cup semolina
1 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2-3 slivers of saffron
4-5 tbsp Ghee/clarified butter
5-8 cashew nuts
2 tbsp raisins
1/3 cup pineapple chunks (optional)

In a deep bottomed pan roast the semolina for 5 minutes on medium low heat. (preferably even longer on low heat - say 20 mins)
In another pan add 1tbsp ghee/clarified butter. Fry the cashew nuts and raisins till golden brown. Remove it from the pan and keep aside. Add the remaining ghee to the pan. To this fold in the semolina.
In a cup of warm water soak the saffron.
Add the water to the semolina. Also pour the remaining 1/2 cup water and stir well on medium low heat. Also add Sugar.
Once the water is absorbed fold in pineapple chunks, cashew nuts and raisins. Leave it on low heat of few minutes.

(tasty with custard)

Offer to the lord of your heart and serve hot (so that makes it a prasad i spose!)
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  • Re: havalah!

    Mon, October 5, 2009 - 6:02 PM
    I thought havalah was a dessert cake made from ground sesame seeds (?) and honey. It's marbled brown in color with a sweet but slightly grainy texture. I think it was served with a fruit and cheese tray for dessert. So, I wonder what that was? :-)
    This pudding sounds good, too.
    • Unsu...

      Re: havalah!

      Mon, October 5, 2009 - 8:39 PM
      The ground sesame seeds dessert is called halvah. Similar, but not quite the same. It is from the Middle East.

      I haven't had it in a long time -- now I want some!
      • Re: havalah!

        Mon, October 5, 2009 - 9:08 PM
        aha! I'm not imagining things then. It was an extremely long time ago that I had that treat as well.
        I thought it might be like the food "Mochi" it's an ice cream ball enclosed in sweet rice dough, but can also be a thing like a potsticker - sushi kinda thing. I was extremely disappointed when I ordered and expected ice cream, and they gave me 'that'. :-)
        • Unsu...

          Re: havalah!

          Mon, October 5, 2009 - 10:51 PM
          I *think* that "Mochi" is just the outside sticky rice thing. You can put anything inside it and it is still "Mochi". At least that is my understanding.
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            Re: havalah!

            Tue, October 6, 2009 - 12:19 AM
            hooboy i love mochi!! (i've made my own) azuki bean and sweet pumpkin are my favourite fillings!! love the texture and the powder :D
            • Re: havalah!

              Tue, October 6, 2009 - 9:07 AM
              ooh, yum, mochi, yum, yum...

              er, in English now=
              there's a middle eastern halvah that's also made of other thigns besides sesame paste- I think there's a carrot one, can't recall if it's from the Middle East, and if so, where, or if it's from India- and I've certainly seen the semolina one from India- there are related desserts (basically a pudding) spread all over the world with somewhat similar names.
              • Unsu...

                Re: havalah!

                Thu, December 10, 2009 - 6:37 AM
                btw just god the genuine recipe for my most favourite version of this dessert kindly provided by Govinda's chef

                Pineapple – halava/served with custard (Semolina pudding)

                You will need:

                1cup semolina, 1 cup sugar, ¾ cups butter, 2cups water, small can of pineapple pieces.

                What to do next;?

                Boil water with sugar, & pineapple pieces.

                Melt butter and roast semolina until golden brown.

                Merge the syrup into semolina and stir.

                Cover for a few minutes until all water has been absorbed.

                Give a few quick stirs to fluff the halava.

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