Friday, July 23, 2010

Amla Halwa

I can think of any form of cooked gooseberry and drool. Come season we will have pickled ones, some in brine, some wholes in spiced water, some in curds and sometimes grated and pickled. However, the whole gooseberries in sugar syrup did not have to be in season. My father always purchased them as he knew all of us love them. I used to find gooseberries through many months in Lulu hypermarket in Bahrain irrespective of the season. I made thokku to fill a 1ltr london Dairy icecream tub and it was consumed quickly by Niki and me! That was when I wanted to try sweetened thokku...sweet and hence halwa should be apt.

The recipe is quick, as I cooked it in the microwave, uses just about four ingredients and if cooked a little longer, hardens like a rollable ball then you may have amla laddoo:), as you may find in the picture.

I have used about 12 fairly large gooseberries that were not very sour. The fact that they were so less sour tempted me to use them with sugar. The otherwise insipid taste was equalled with the sugar. Just for flavour I have used cardamom too.

12 large size Indian gooseberries
1/2 cup very hot water
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water for the sugar
1 tablespoon ghee for the halwa
1 teaspoon ghee- just to line the utensil
2 pods of cardamoms crused coarsely

Wash the gooseberries and pat them dry. Drop them in the hot water and keep them in for two minutes. Remove from the water and grate them. Alternately you may crush the pulp and remove the stone.
In a microwave proof bowl, grease the walls with ghee/oil. Add the sugar to the water for the syrup. Cook on micro power high for 4 minutes. Stir and check the consistency. If a thread can be drawn between the thumb and forefinger, the syrup is ready. If not keep for a further minute or two.
Add the grated fruit, stir and return to the microwave. Cook on medium high without covering for 3 minutes initially. The addition of fruit will dilute the syrup and the goose berry pulp will cook in this.
Allow to stand two minutes.
Remove and check if they have blended well and the fruit is cooked while still crunchy.
Add the ghee and crushed cardamom and mix well. If the consistency is thin, you may cook for another 1/2 a minute. However, when cool the halwa will hold.
Nivedita is calling for as many halwas as possible and I hope mine makes it to her list celebrating sweets with Halwa.


  1. OMG !!!!!!!.. Halwa looks sooooo tempting dear.. awesome clicks.. thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.. :)

  2. Nice creation....learnt to eat gooseberry in a different form.

  3. hmmmmmmmmmmm! Lata what a lovely and delicious halwa of gooseberry.Tou have given me a chance to try sometning new.I usually end up making only nellikai urga, nellikai sadam, pachadi etc but I shall surely try this one out as it looks quite tangy and sweet too.

  4. Hello Lathaji
    Thank you so much for participating in my event by sending this one.
    Its really new to me, I am wondering how it tastes! sweet and tangy, can't wait to try it, but need to wait for the amla season.

  5. Looks yum ...never tasted this ...drooling now

  6. Thank you friends.
    Nivedita, Gooseberries were selling at my mom's place in July :)
    Indhu, the nellikkai i bought was thuvarpu..and it went extremely well with the may have to add more sugar if they are tangy, i think.

  7. wow amla halwa looks sooo delicious ...never know we can make halwa from amla ...thanks for sharing such a yummy n healthy dessert


  8. Innovative idea of making halwa with amla. Nice try.

  9. this is so much new to me..thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe :)

  10. Never thought of making a sweet dish with amla..It looks fabulous..thanks for sharing this innovative recipe, Lataji :-)

  11. Never thought of making halwa from amla..we do make murabba..but this looks amazing with all the health benefits..

  12. Very new halwa for me, never heard of this halwa with amla, looks awesome..

  13. Halwa looks tempting,new recipe to me

  14. Amla halwa is new to me... just reading through, i am salivating here. Now I should check if amlas can be seen in the market.

  15. My granny made the laddoo and even the chyavanprash using the gooseberry and it used to be awesome. Congrats to u for making this.

  16. when we had a bounty of gooseberries last year,I didn't know what to do with the.Now I know :).Must have tasted yumm!!!

  17. nutritious halwa.always make pickles with gooseberry.Different and nice recipe

  18. I'm fond of eating gooseberry. Give them to me in any form I'll not mind because I just love the sour taste and Gooseberry. Nowadays I have been drinking Gooseberry Juice. I have noted down the ingredients and will definitely prepare it at home.


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