Bread Halwa is a delicious Indian sweet or dessert made using bread slices. 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.
Halwa, is one of those sweets that is made in almost every Indian households.
In India, there are different types of Halwa recipes that are made at home depending upon which part of India you are.
From Gajar Ka Halwa, Sooji Ka Halwa to Aate Ka Halwa, there are many more that are popularly made during festivals, special occasions or just to binge on after weekend meals.
The best part about these Halwa recipes, they are very easy to make and needs only a few everyday ingredients.
Recently, when I had some leftover bread at home, I thought why not make something sweet out of it.
While Shahi Tukda is my favorite sweet to make from bread, but this time I wanted to make something different and a sweet that takes less effort and time.
That’s when I tried my hands on this BREAD HALWA.
It is so simple to make and needs just 6 ingredients to get this deliciousness ready.
It is as tasty as the other Halwa and if you ask me it gives all of those traditional Halwa recipes a tough competition.
About the recipe
It 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 bread is sliced and then fried or roasted in ghee. Once they become nicely crisp and golden brown, it is cooked along with milk and sugar.
While the nuts give 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.
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.
Can it be served with milk?
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 till 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.
With Condensed Milk
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.
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 slices 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.
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 slices and cut them into thin slices.
- Heat ghee for frying in a pan.
- Deep fry the bread slices 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.