Atta Halwa (Aate Ka Halwa, Wheat Halwa) is a traditional North Indian dessert that is made using just 3 main ingredients - whole wheat flour, sugar, and ghee(clarified butter). This melt-in-your-mouth Indian pudding is super easy to make and can be made for festivals or special occasions.
Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan over medium-low heat.
Tip – Use a heavy-bottomed pan or a thick pan, to avoid burning the flour while roasting.
Add whole wheat flour to the pan and fry on medium-low heat until the flour is slightly browned (6-8 minutes). Stir very frequently while frying.
Add almonds and cashew nuts and fry until the color of the flour is changed to dark brown and it starts to emit a nutty aroma (12-15 minutes ). Stir very frequently and do not let the flour burn.
Tip – Roasting the flour is the most important step in this recipe. The final color of the halwa will the same as that of the roasted flour. Make sure that you do not over roast it, otherwise, it will turn dark brown and will smell of burnt flour. And if not roasted well, it will taste raw.
Once the flour is roasted well, add 2 cups of water, stirring continuously, and cook until the water is almost absorbed. You can replace water with milk for a richer halwa. The halwa will become very light in color at this stage but worry not.
Add sugar and cardamom powder and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Once the sugar starts to melt and caramelize, the halwa will start to darken in color. Stir very frequently.
Garnish with slivered almonds and pistachios. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Heavy Bottom Pan - Use a heavy bottom pan to roast the flour and make sure to roast the atta until it is very nicely browned. Low Heat - Also roasting the flour on medium-low heat gives the best result. Do not roast the flour on high heat otherwise, the halwa will have a burned taste.Proportion is the Key - Make sure that you use correct measurements of wheat flour and ghee. The halwa will turn out dry if an adequate amount of ghee is not used.Nuts - Go generous with nuts. They add a lovely crunch to the halwa.Stir - Make sure to keep stirring very frequently while roasting the flour.My Little Secret - Adding nuts mid-way roasting is my innovative step. The slightly roasted nuts give a very nice taste in each bit and you don't have to roast them separately, making the process easier.