Monday, 29 August 2016


The story behind the making of this Strawberry Halwa goes as this..... we had a visiting guest a couple of weeks back who got us a big bag full of fruits completely forgetting that we are a family of three. My men are not so much of a fruit lover. To be precise, they love few specific kind of fruits like mango, grapes, apple, pear. Our guest who is like a brother and his darling wife got us a box full of strawberry. For two days the box rested in the refrigerator and the Uncle Podger in me totally forgot about it. I usually offer any fruit brought home to God before consuming it. On the third day when I took out the box, I found that few of the strawberries already has spoiled. Strawberries even after refrigerating spoils quickly. I was sad because I do not like wastage and strawberries are a quite expensive thing. I was wondering what can I do quickly with the rest of them.

The senior of my men still loves to have strawberry with cream but the junior will not have a bite. I do have them at times with a bowl of yogurt. To be frank, our taste buds are not adapted to having strawberry as a fruit. It is not commonly found at the place of our origin. So with the rest of the strawberries I wished to prepare something edible by the family, also very close family friends were to come that day. The idea of Strawberry Halwa cropped up because I have seen a couple of such recipes with other fruits. So I landed up with this no fancy, simple, homemade Strawberry Halwa. Let us prepare this Strawberry Halwa..... a sweet made of strawberry paste and semolina together.

Semolina : 1big cup
Strawberry : 8-10
Sugar : 11/2 medium cup
Green Cardamom : 2-3
Bayleaf : 1
Red Food Colouring : A pinch[optional]
Ghee[clarified butter] : 4tbsp
Pistachios [chopped] : for garnish [optional]

Wash and chop the strawberries and prepare a paste with them in a blender. Keep aside.

Heat ghee in a wok. Slightly tear open the green cardamoms and add to the wok along with the bayleaf.

As we get a nice aroma, add the semolina.  We will keep on stirring for 5-8 minutes. We will see the semolina turning light brown and nicely roasted. Transfer to a bowl.

Clean the wok and put on the oven. Add the strawberry paste and stir for a minute. Add sugar and 2 big cup water. Stir well.

When the mixture comes to boil, add the roasted semolina. Fold in very well.

Let it cook for 3-4 minutes at low heat. If required add little more water. Add a pinch of food colouring if you wish to. Mix well. We can add a spoonful of ghee at this stage.

Transfer the halwa to a square mould. Let it set for an hour. Turn onto a plate. Cut them into desired shapes and garnish with chopped pistachios.

Please Note : I have used water instead of milk to get the desired colour.


  1. Looks so delicious & yumm!! Now that's what you call a really good chef. Trust me, you've transformed this to super exotic and rich preparation. Loved it..

  2. looks so colorful and no doubt the taste would have been awesome..

  3. Looks so colorful & delicious halwa dear.

  4. Looks really awesome....!!! Really an innovative ur presentation too... :)

  5. Berries are rather expensive over here and we don't get the best ones as well. So, I stick with local fruits and this halwa - I love the colour, I love the ingredients in it and I love to have just one piece.

    1. So true Navaneetham... but Malaysia does have quite a few strawberry farms...