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My Sunday morning started off with scanning the Mint newspaper supplement. It was fully loaded with ideas for Diwali Gifts and some interesting recipes from Top Chefs. I particularly liked Tarla Dalal’s ideas for Low-Fat paneer and Khoya that can easily be made at home. Low fat khoya is made by steamed a dough of skimmed milk and water. This dough is then mashed and flavored with sugar and essence of choice. I wanted to immediately put this idea into action but I didnt have enough skimmed milk so I used the badam milk powder that had been chilling in my fridge for way too long.

Since the mix already had sugar I skipped the sugar adding part and used an orange essence to flavor half the halwa. I think this sweet dish is really easy to make because all other halwas require constant stirring and monitoring. When I was making this one, I was watching a TV show as the halwa steamed itself to completion. As good as it gets…

Here is a picture of the Moon on Kawa Chauth. One of the most clear appearances the moon has ever made on this occasion. Every year we spend our time playing hide n Seek but not this time. I was delighted to see that the moon was beaming its bright face in the sky even before my Pooja Thaali was ready.


Karwa Chauth Moon

Photograph by: Mayank

I am sending this entry to the Sweet Series event hosted by Mom’s recipes.

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup badam milk powder
  • 1 TBsp skimmed milk powder
  • 1 cup fried gram powder
  • Few drops of Orange color and essence (optional)
  • Cashews and Dry Dessicated coconut for Garnish (optional)


  1. Knead the milk powders with water into a dough. Add fried gram powder and stiffen the dough further.
  2. Tie this dough in a muslin cloth and steam for 15 mins.

Steam Milk Mix

  1. Allow the mix to cool and empty it in a bowl.
  2. Divide the mix into two halves. Add orange color and essence to one half.
  3. Grease a plate and spread the plain halwa layer on it.
  4. Over that spread a layer of orange flavored halwa.
  5. Garnish with Cashews and Dry dessicated coconut.
  6. Freeze for 2 hours until set. Cut into desired shape and serve.


Please note:
Before making halwa please check the Sugar quantity in your Badam Milk mix by tasting it. Sometimes the mixes are very sweet making the halwa inedible. If you find excessive sugar in the mix you can cover for it by increasing the quantity of regular milk powder in the recipe.