Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Apple Halva

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For two years I have tried to be a part of Summer Fest an event organized by Food Network. Its a season long garden party where Food Network and HGTv joins hands with bloggers and gardeners and we all share our favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips. A new produce is featured every week and it goes on through out summer.
Apple
 This year as you might have noticed I have been away a lot because of which I missed on a lot of fun things going on in the virtual world, Summer Fest being one of them. And even though summer is almost over I still wanted to take part in the event which too is soon to be over with summer. So as I said with this event we explore one seasonal produce every week which for this week is Apple.

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I am lucky to have an apple tree in my backyard and just like my house was flooded with greengages sometime back its soon going to be flooded with apples. I say that with confidence looking at those lean yet strong branches testing their flexibility with the amount of fruit weighing them down. The fruits which are still not fully ripe and still very green but you can see their cheeks slowly turning red as if the change in weather is making them blush. But a three year old doesn't get it when we say that the apples are not ready yet. It doesn't stop her from standing under the tree, raising both hands up in the air and jumping in hopes that she might catch a grip of them. Many times she doesn't but sometimes she does and when she does she would come to us with a couple in her pocket and one in her hand, half eaten and would say, "look maa, they aaal clunchy and yummy. I think they aaal leady!". So I guess the apples are ready and looks like we are ready to step into fall! 

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Apples that I got (or should I say the little one got for me!) although were not fully ripe but still very sweet and so I thought of making halva with them. Halva is a popular Indian sweet dish, very similar to a pudding made with either a type of flour, ground nut, vegetable or fruit as base. The recipe that I am sharing today is very similar to Gajar Halva recipe already on the blog. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:
3 cups peeled, grated green apples (Can use any variety of apple. I had easy access to green)
1 teaspoon ghee (clarified butter) + 1 1/2 teaspoon
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon crushed cardamom seeds
2 tablespoon cashews (break into smaller pieces)
2 tablespoon golden raisins
Water as needed

Method:
In a thick bottom saucepan or wok add 1 teaspoon ghee. Turn the heat on. As ghee begins to melt add grated apples. Stir well.
Reduce the heat to medium. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes. If the apples are too sweet it will begin to stick to the bottom of the pan. Add upto 1/2 cup of water (depending on how ripe the apples are), replace the lid and cook until the apple is soft and form a loose ball. Approximately 10-15 minutes.
Add sweetened condensed milk. Stir everything well together, scraping the sides of the pan if something's sticking on it.
Cook for another 8-10 minutes on medium low heat until all the liquid is evaporated and the halwa turns into a golden brown, shiny, loose mass.
In the meantime heat the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoon of ghee and fry the cashews and raisins until the cashews are lightly golden and raisins are puffed.
Add fried cashews, raisins and crushed cardamom seeds to the halwa. Mix everything well together and serve either hot or cooled down, as per taste.

Here's what my friends did with apple this week: 
Jeanette's Healthy Living: Gluten-Free Jewish Apple Cake  
Virtually Homemade: Apple Pie Muffin  
Chez Us: Baked Apples With Creme Anglaise  
Daily*Dishin: Easier-than-Pie Creamy Apple Bake  
Made by Michelle: Pear Apple Crisp  
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Apple, Fennel and Cheddar Cheese Panini  
From My Corner of Saratoga: Spiced Apple Dutch Baby  
Thursday Night Dinner: Apple Bread Pudding  
Devour: 7 Apple Desserts Beyond Pie  
Healthy Eats: Marrying the Apple With New Flavors  
FN Dish: Let's Go Apple Picking

50 comments:

  1. A wonderfully seasonal treat! Lovely recipe and great pictures.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. I am loving the photos P. Well, you are awsm anyways .. but the first photo .. i can't stop admiring. Gorgeous lighting!! Never would have thought of apple halwa but i have three apples at home .. green ones. I was thinking of making pie but now will make this halwa I think :)

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  3. Beautiful!!!
    You know I really have to come to ur home n eat food made by you because ur food take me back home... I can literary taste them by seeing your pics..
    I remember when u made methi Murgh..
    Anyways this looks fabulous..
    simple and delicious, just the way halva should be...

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  4. What amazing pictures. I loved the prop one with pink tissue(?) or cloth with vintage forks and spoon. Apple halwa - that's new to me. Let me know if you have anything left, I will show up he he :-)

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  5. I love the color of the apple halva simply perfect, looks really delicious...plan to make this for my kids soon...

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  6. A lovely Indian apple recipe. Really beautiful photos as well.

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  7. Your clicks are beautiful, and the apple halva looks delicious too.

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  8. Trying this right now! Hoping my family loves it! :)

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  9. ohh this looks divine !! The view of fresh apples is just so captivating in your pics..

    I have never tried this as a sole halva, rather kheer and puddings.. This should surely be a good one !

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  10. Looks delicious - what a perfect recipe for Fall!

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  11. What a beautiful halwa....ive had walnut , beetroot, lauki , gajar halwa never heard of apple :))

    Must try this soon what with so many apples all around in the markets these days :))

    Thankyou

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  13. What a wonderful blog! full of gorgeous Indian recipes!! oh my, will my hubby be excited. I found you through Kashmira's blog, and so happy I did. She has given you a lovely award, and I am your newest follower

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  14. The lighting is simply divine. What a creative and delicious twist to authentic halwa recipe :)

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  15. This is what had made me connect with your blog. Recipes which I had never heard or imagine. That all kinds of recipes I found on your blog. Like roasted carrot was too yummy I tried at my home. Can't describe its taste my friend.

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  16. I don't think I've ever heard of halva before in this sense, but it sounds really good! It's so nice to have fresh fruit from your own backyard; I can imagine you'll be making a lot of delicious foods with those apples.

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  17. This apple halva looks delightful. It is made more delicious with the use of fresh apples.
    In my backyard I have fig and citrus trees. As the citrus (lemons) come into season the branches are weighted down with heavy fruits. I am excited about them turning yellow very soon.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Velva

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  18. I am so fond of this type of halva.

    When I think halva, my mind immediately connects to Arabic 'halawa' - a rich sesame seed paste - that I actually do not like. But this version, which a roommate's mother used to make for us, is simply divine.

    I'm so excited to now know how to make it at home! Thanks, Prerna.

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  19. Thanks for sharing...not a fan of apple but drool over apple pie. Guessing this will be good one.

    I'd like to share a classic English Lemon pudding cake recipe with you.hoe you'll like it
    http://www.realreviews.in/food/cooking-how-to/entry/recipe-classic-lemon-cake-pudding-in-a-jiffy-1

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  20. I have not tried Apple Halva before so I looking forward to making it.

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  21. Amazing photos! Love your food post!

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