Karachi Halwa

Karachi Halwa –  sweet made with cornflour and ghee. It’s one of my personal favorites!

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God I made so many recipes for Diwali and now I am running short on time to share it with you guys. I thought I would be able to share all but looks like I will have to save some for next Diwali because Diwali is this weekend and I don’t think I will able to edit pictures and share all the recipes by then. Anyway I should stop cribbing and share this wonderful recipe with you guys. It’s my absolute favorite – Karachi Halwa! I don’t know if this halwa originated in Karachi (?) but all I know is that I have been a huge fan of it since childhood. I remember sometime I would just drag mom to the nearest sweet shop to buy me some karachi halwa. And my husband shares my love for this halwa, it’s his favorite sweet too. So when we got married, mom and dad would bring like 4 boxes of Karachi Halwa on every trip to the US. It got to a point where we had to request them to not bring it anymore because 4 boxes and 2 of us, doesn’t make sense right?

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But parents are parents, they never listen to kids especially when it comes to food 😉 This time I requested my dad so much to not bring any sweets as I mostly make everything at home now but he again got 2 boxes of karachi halwa and we had to ultimately throw away one of the boxes 🙁 Anyway karachi halwa is my favorite and I am excited to be sharing this homemade recipe with you guys. This sweet is made of cornflour and ghee (clarified butter). In India, it’s usually orange or yellow in appearance and hence I made it orange too.

Karachi Halwa has a very chewy texture. In fact it’s so chewy that sometimes you have to literally struggle to eat it, makes for good dental exercise I must say. But if you make it at home, you can definitely make it less chewy. The more time you cook this halwa, the more chewy it will become so you can actually adjust accordingly. But of course it is supposed to be chewy, that is it’s texture so I would suggest you follow the same route. Karachi halwa is also known as Bombay Halwa.

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The halwa is fairly simple to prepare but yes be prepared for some good hand workout. Don’t you love recipes which double up as workout? I certainly do! If you don’t want to set the halwa and cut it into pieces, you may not cook it for that long. Simply cook till it’s all done and then eat it as you would eat any regular halwa. So let’s see how we make Karachi Halwa at home!

 

Method

In a bowl whisk corn flour with 1.25 cups water till there are no lumps.

Add few drops of orange food color and mix to combine. Set aside.

To a pan on medium heat, add sugar and remaining 3/4 cup water. Cook for 3-4 minutes or till the syrup becomes sticky.

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Add corn flour mix. Keep stirring on low heat for 10-15 minutes. It will start becoming thick.

Start adding ghee, 1-2 tablespoons at a time. And keep stirring all the time.

Add chopped nuts, cardamom powder and mix. Add all ghee by now and keep stirring.

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The halwa will become thicker and leave sides of the pan.

Keep cooking the halwa on medium heat till it starts looking shiny, around 15 more minutes. [Yes good hand workout!]

Transfer halwa mixture to a greased pan, sprinkle more nuts on top. Press them down with a spoon.

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Let the mixture cool down for 2-3 hours. Once completely set, cut into pieces and enjoy! Keep refrigerated.

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* You may use cornflour or cornstarch here, whatever is available to you.

Karachi Halwa

Karachi Halwa is a sweet made with cornflour and ghee! It's a special treat to enjoy on festive occasions!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 25 small pieces
Calories: 98 kcal
Author: Manali
5 from 1 vote
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cornflour/cornstarch
  • 1.25 cups water + 3/4 cup water, divided
  • orange food color
  • 1 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1/3 cup ghee, also known as clarified butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped pistachios and cashews + more to garnish

Instructions

  1. In a bowl whisk corn flour with 1.25 cups water till there are no lumps.
  2. Add few drops of orange food color and mix to combine. Set aside.
  3. To a pan on medium heat, add sugar and remaining 3/4 cup water. Cook for 3-4 minutes or till the syrup becomes sticky.
  4. Add corn flour mix. Keep stirring on low heat for 10-15 minutes. It will start becoming thick.
  5. Start adding ghee, 1-2 tablespoons at a time. And keep stirring all the time.
  6. Add chopped nuts, cardamom powder and mix. Add all ghee by now and keep stirring.
  7. The halwa will become thicker and leave sides of the pan.
  8. Keep cooking the halwa on medium heat till it starts looking shiny, around 15 more minutes.
  9. Transfer halwa mixture to a greased pan, sprinkle more nuts on top. Press them down with a spoon.
  10. Let the mixture cool down for 2-3 hours. Once completely set, cut into pieces and enjoy! Keep refrigerated.
Nutrition Facts
Karachi Halwa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 98 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Potassium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Sugars 14g
Vitamin A 0.1%
Calcium 0.1%
Iron 0.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Karachi Halwa

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13 thoughts on “Karachi Halwa

  1. I’m not familiar with Karachi Halwa, but it certainly sounds tasty. The touch of cardamom combined with the pistachios sounds awesome! Oh, and I totally get having posts but just running out of time getting them prepped. Hey…it just means you’ll be ahead of the game next year! 🙂

    1. It’s also called Bombay Halwa so I am not sure about it’s origin Afshan 🙂 I grew up eating it so I just assumed it’s an Indian sweet. Whether it’s an Indian or Pakistani sweet doesn’t matter, all that matters is that it’s delicious! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

    1. Hello Sajni, sorry about that. Can you please send me a screenshot of the ad because I can view the recipe properly. If you can send me the screenshot, I can try to fix the problem. Thanks!

  2. Hi Manali,

    Could you please clarify the amount of sugar used in this recipe? Is it close to 2 cups ? If Iam reading it correctly, it says 1 3/4 cup.

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