Chocolate Bombay Karachi Halwa

Firstly, Happy Choti Holi to all my readers! Its finally Holi tomorrow, and then Easter this Sunday!

So, I thought about posting a recipe, which will work as a great dessert, for both! So how about a fusion of the best of both worlds? How about Chocolate flavored Bombay Karachi Halwa loaded with strawberries!?!

Karachi halwa is a popular Indian sweet. Even though Bombay has changed to Mumbai and Karachi has become a part of Pakistan, this old Indian sweet is still sweetly called “Bombay Halwa” or “Karachi Halwa” or “Bombay Karachi Halwa”!
It is commonly feared for its high number of calories, but well, you cant always eat healthy and be happy, and for special occasions like these, I’m sure you wouldn’t mind!
Also, its berry season, and who doesn’t love strawberries. And that’s one of the reasons. I decided to use strawberries in the halwa, but you can always make it the traditional way replacing the nutella with food colouring and some cardamom powder and the strawberries with dry fruits!

So here’s a picture I took to show my love for strawberries!


So lets get started with the recipe. The quantities are very important in this recipe.

Ingredients :
1 cup cornflour
3 tbsps ghee
1 tsp lemon juice
2 cups sugar ( I used dark brown sugar because I wanted that really dark fudgy colour )
1 tsp cardamom powder
Chopped strawberries – as many as you want to load onto your halwa slices
Nutella – 3 tbsp
3 cups water

Directions :
1. In a pan or bowl, add sugar and water and bring it to a boil. Then add lemon juice and after few seconds switch off the flame. We add the lemon juice to stop the sugar from crystallizing back.
2. Into another non stick skillet, add the ghee and just heat it so that it melts and then switch off the flame. Now add the cornflour, a tsp at a time and mix. No lumps should be formed, and to avoid that, you should add only a little cornflour at a time, mix that and then add more


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3. Turn on the heat at the lowest setting now and start stirring. When the mixture starts to thicken, switch off the flame again.
4. Start adding the sugar syrup, about 1/4 cup at a time, and keep mixing to avoid lumps. Repeat until all the sugar syrup is added and everything is well combined. ** The sugar syrup should be hot when added.
5. Add in the nutella, and a little bit of those chopped strawberries and mix again.
6. Now turn on the heat and keep mixing, slowly increase  the heat and keep stirring.


 7: When the mixure becomes thick and looks like jelly and starts retreating from the walls of non stick skillet, it means that your halwa is ready!
8. Transfer to a greased baking dish and while the halwa is still hot, add the remaining chopped strawberries onto it.


 Let is set and then cut into your desired shapes, and serve.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and Happy Holi once again and also wish you a very Happy Easter in advance! This is my last post for Holi 2016, but there will be another for Easter. So stay tuned! 🙂

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