Bread Halwa is a delicious Indian sweet or dessert made using bread. Bread slices are deep-fried in ghee and then cooked in a sugar syrup until the consistency of halwa is reached. Here is how to make it.
About This Recipe
Bread Halwa is an Indian dessert that is made with the combination of bread, ghee, sugar, cardamom powder, and dry fruits.
You don’t need milk or khoya to make this dish, making it even better if you have dairy dietary restrictions.
The nuts in the Halwa gives it a beautiful crunch and texture, cardamom powder gives it a beautiful flavor and aroma.
I have added almonds and cashew nuts, but you can also add any nuts and dry fruits of your choice.
You can also use sweet buns to make this Halwa, and call it a Bun Halwa.
This Bread Halwa is,
- Easy to make
- No Milk Halwa
- Made with just 5 ingredients
Bread – White Milk Bread is the best when we are making this Halwa. You can try sweet buns or other Bread which includes Whole Wheat or even Brown Bread.
Ghee – Ghee adds to the taste and richness of this Halwa and makes it smell heavenly.
Nuts – I have added only Cashews and Almonds, but you can add more such as Raisins, Pistachios, Walnuts, etc.
Sugar – To add sweetness! You can increase or decrease the amount of sugar, as per your taste. You can even use jaggery powder to sweeten this halwa.
Cardamom Powder – This is a must! Cardamom adds a delicious flavor in the Halwa. If you do not have Cardamom Powder, you can even add crushed cardamom seeds.
Step By Step Recipe
Remove the ends from the bread slices and cut them into thin slices.
Heat ghee for frying in a pan. Deep fry the bread until golden brown.
Drain on a plate.
Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a pan.
Add almonds and cashew nuts and fry until golden brown.
Add sugar and water in the same pan. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Simmer the heat and cook for 5 minutes.
Add the fried bread in the sugar syrup and cook for 8-10 minutes.
Keep mashing the halwa with the ladle.
Add cardamom powder and mix well.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can also add in milk to make this Halwa. After you add in the fried bread slices in the sugar syrup, let it cook for about 5 minutes.
Now, add in the milk and cook until the bread becomes soft and mushy. Add a tablespoon of ghee and cook till it leaves the sides. Add in the fried dry fruits, cardamom powder, give it a mix and serve hot.
If you want your Halwa to be more rich and soft, you can also add in some condensed milk while adding the milk in Halwa.
You can even substitute condensed milk with khoya to add in the Halwa.
Yes, if you are making it for a bigger crowd you can double or even triple this recipe.
If you make a bigger batch of this Halwa, you can store it in the fridge in an airtight container for about 3 to 4 days.
Whenever you want, you can heat it again in the microwave or in a small pan and serve it hot or warm.
Bread Halwa can be served a dessert after your weekend meals or even festive meals. You can also serve it as a snack whenever hunger strikes and you are cravings for something sweet.
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Bread Halwa Recipe
- 6 White Bread Slices
- 1 tbsp Ghee (for frying)
- 10-12 Almonds (crushed)
- 10-12 Cashew Nuts (crushed)
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
- Remove the ends from the bread and cut them into thin slices.
- Heat ghee for frying in a pan.
- Deep fry the bread until golden brown.
- Drain on a plate.
- Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a pan.
- Add almonds and cashew nuts and fry until golden brown.
- Add sugar and water in the same pan.
- Cook until sugar is dissolved.
- Simmer the heat and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the fried bread slices in the sugar syrup and cook for 8-10 minutes.
- Keep mashing the halwa with the ladle.
- Add cardamom powder and mix well. Serve hot.