Friday, January 01, 2016

Khajoor Ka Halwa Recipe | Dates Halwa | Chef Venkatesh Bhat Recipes - Recipe #9

Hope everyone are in celebration mood and I wanted to post a dessert to celebrate the first day of the year. So here I am, with this rich and delicious Khajoor ka Halwa. I tried it during Diwali but somehow missed to post it here. Also, I missed posting my Venkatesh Bhat Recipe series for the past few months. Planning to concentrate in the future. I got this recipe from his show Samayal Samayal. This is a very rich dessert which is prepared with dates, channa dal, milk and ghee. I have already posted Ghajar ka Halwa/Carrot halwa which is similar to this. Without any delay, let's see the preparation steps:
Note: I halved the below recipe and I tried it. 
Dates(Seedless) - 250 grams 
Ghee - 100 grams 
Channa Dal - 150 grams 
Milk - 1 litre 
Sugar - 200 grams 
Cardamom(Elachi) Powder -1 tsp
To Garnish: 
Almond - 10(Chopped finely)  
Pista - 10 to 15(Chopped finely)
1. Soak Channa Dal for 2 hours. Bring milk to boil, then drain the water from the soaked channa dal and add it to the boiling milk. Cook it for 15 to 20 mins until the dhal is soft. While cooking close the pan with the lid. 
2. Open the lid, stir now and then. To avoid the milk from overflowing, you can keep a wooden spoon as shown below. The milk should be thickened and reduced. Allow it to cool completely and grind it to a smooth paste along with the cooked milk.
3. Grind it to a smooth paste. Chop the dates finely. In a wide non stick pan melt the ghee and add the chopped dates.
4. Once the dates are roasted well, add the ground dal paste. Saute it until everything combines well and the dates are mashed completely. Then add the required sugar and elachi powder. Mix it until the sugar dissolves. If required add extra ghee in between. Once it is done the halwa start leaving the sides of the pan. Sprinkle chopped almonds and pista's.
Serve the delicious and divine halwa when it is warm. It gives a great combination when served it with a dollop of ice cream.
Points to remember:
  • For extra flavour, you can add saffron and rose water. But I skipped it.
  • The original recipe calls for 250 grams of sugar. But it is over sweet for me. Hence, I reduced it to 200 grams. Depending on your sweet buds you can use it.
  • This will not need more ghee like other Halwa's. But you can use it as per your need.
  • A pinch of salt can be added to increase the sweetness.
Warm Regards,
Happy's Cook - Divya


  1. happy new year! looks yumm, I love the step by step photoes dont know how you do it my camera always ends up getting steamed when I try to do it and usually forget to take any :)

  2. Happy 2016. I do love a good dessert. This looks great! :)


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