Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Rava Halbai/Halubai/Semolina Halbai

Halbai or Halubai is a sweet dish from Karnataka which is literally known as rice halwa or rice cake as this dish is usually prepared with rice, jaggery and coconut with ghee. This sweet is prepared during Nagara panchami festival and its quite a healthy sweet to indulge without any fuss. Halbai is  often made in Udupi, Mangalore and Malnad region of Karnataka for a festival or celebration. Halbai is quite a delicious sweet which ressembles quite like burfi which is dangerously addictive. Though Halbai is traditionally made with rice, even rice flour, ragi and semolina can be used to give an another variation to this ultimate sweet. Since fresh coconut and jaggery is used in this sweet, trust me you cant just stop with a slice of this ultimate sweet. As i told earlier, traditionally this dish is prepared with a grounded rice-coconut paste and jaggery syrup, once cooked until they turns thick, this sweet is poured on a grease plate. Later, slice the halbai and serve. But my today's post is completely prepared with chiroti rava, yes its quite an easy and tasty version of halbai.


And this Semolina halbai goes to this month's Shh Cooking Secretly, a monthly event started by me, which is now hosted by Mayuri Patel. And for this month,we are cooking from Karnataka cuisine, and my pair for this month's event is Jagruti of Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey. Jags is one of my favourite co blogger, though we have been chit-chatting virtually since a long, few years back i had a chance to met her personally during my week end to London. And finally we were pair for this month's event and she gave me Semolina and coconut as my secret ingredients. Initially i want to try something savoury from Karnataka cuisine, but while googling i couldnt resist to make these Halbai which is completely new for me. Apart from stirring this incredible sweet, nothing much is needed to make this irresistible Halbai. Cant wait to try this glossy Halbai very soon with rice as everyone at home enjoyed this sweet cake thoroughly.


Recipe Source: Here
1cup Chiroti Rava/ Fine semolina
1cup Grated coconut
1cup Jaggery
4nos Cardamom
5nos Cloves
5tbsp Ghee 
3cups Water

Soak the chiroti rava in 2 cups of water for an hour.

Grind it along with water, cloves,grated coconut and cardamom to a fine paste.Transfer it to a thick bottom pan.

Melt the jaggery with quarter cup of water. Strain this jaggery to the rava coconut paste. 

Halubai, Halbai, Semolina Jaggery halwa

Clean the jar with an another quarter cup water and add this to the semolina mixture.

Mix it thoroughly and cook in medium heat, keep stirring.

After few minutues, the mixture will become thick, reduce the heat to low, add a tablespoon of ghee. at a time and keep stirring.

Once the mixture leaves the pan, turn off the heat and transfer the mixture to the greased plate, spread it evenly.

Grease a knife and cut the halbai as slices.

Halbai, Semolina Jaggery Halwa


Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clickd submit
my comment didn't show up. Grrrr... well I'm
not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wantd tto say wonderful blog!

Prathima Shivraj said... Reply To This Comment

Voww droll worthy dessert n must try one.. Looks inviting

Vidya Narayan said... Reply To This Comment

Priya, I couldnt have guessed the Rava element at all. This looks absolutely tempting and I would have raided your home for enjoying this. Halwa especially the spongy kinds are my favourite. Super share for the theme Priya.

Anu said... Reply To This Comment

I am drooling at these pics. These halbai looks so delicious and they are absolutely guilt-free since it has jaggery as sweetner.

Sujata Shukla said... Reply To This Comment

Such a rich looking sweet Priya, and the recipe suggests its quite easy to put together. I wouldn't have thought rava/ semolina was one of the ingredients as the halbai looks smooth and thick like halva. As most of us are now rather health conscious, its great to have one more sweet dish with jaggery instead of sugar.

mildly indian said... Reply To This Comment

I have had halbai as my craving with my second child. Luckily I had a lovely helper who loved to cook better than clean. So we traded places and oh boy I loved my second tummy!! You halbai just brought back those cravings now!!!

Mayuri Patel said... Reply To This Comment

good When I first saw the picture on the group page, I thought you had made the famous tapioca halwa which looks very much like your preparation. Making such a delicious looking halwa with semolina and jaggery is a new recipe for me but would love to try this recipe out. A good sweet share for the theme Priya.

cookwithrenu said... Reply To This Comment

Such a yummy dessert, never made this but loved this...Tempting share

Priya Iyer said... Reply To This Comment

I've never had a chance to try out halbai, and I must say it looks incredible! Great share! :)

Aruna Panangipally said... Reply To This Comment

What a healthy halva! I love the flavour of jaggery and I am sure this is a dessert that will appeal to me. This festival season menu now has a new addition. :)

Priya Satheesh said... Reply To This Comment

The recipe pic itself making me drool... Tempting !

Hayley said... Reply To This Comment

Priya, when I meet you next time, you must bring a box full of these beauties. These mithai look so attractive and delicious. Glad, you guys enjoyed it so much :)

THE FOOD SAMARITAN. said... Reply To This Comment

Something totally new for me,totally unique and looks absolutely delicious!Its a wow recipe!

temples of india said... Reply To This Comment

This is such a rich looking sweet Priya and you post this when i have just stopped eating sweets.Very inviting it is.

jayashree said... Reply To This Comment

Priya, these look so yumm, it will be over in a day at home.

Priya said... Reply To This Comment

oh wow..never heard of these..yumm

Kalyani said... Reply To This Comment

scrumptuous and perfect way to use those ingreditns, very festive click ,priya..

Sasmita said... Reply To This Comment

An absolutely guilt-free delicacy .......... Love the use of jaggery here. Totally looks super delicious !!!

Poonam Bachhav said... Reply To This Comment

This is such a delectable sweet Priya ! Perfect festive treat !