The humble Halva is one of the most consumed sweets in many parts of the world. Even in India, it is a favourite of many. Halva has many types, depending on the ingredients in it. But the basic two types of classification are as follows: 1. Flour based, 2. Nut-Butter based. Different types of halva are consumed in different countries of Asia, Europe and Africa.
The flour based halva is basically made from semolina, grain flour and is somewhat gelatinous. The main ingredients in it are flour, sugar and clarified ghee. Whereas the halva based on Nut-Butter is usually made from sesame paste or even other nut butters like sunflower seed butter. Here the main ingredients are the usual nut butter and sugar. Let us get familiar with 6 types of halvas, so lip-smacking in taste.
- Badam halva
It is mostly prepared on festive occasions like Holi, Iftar etc. Almonds are soaked and then blended and cooked with sugar, ghee and milk.
- Sesame halva
The main ingredient of this halva is sesame cream. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste. Because of the presence of many minerals in the sesame, this halva is also good for our health.
- Papaya halva
These red coloured Indian sweets have a light, mild and slightly tangy taste. It can be prepared with either raw, semi-ripe or fully ripe papaya too.
- Moong Dal halva
This yellow coloured Rajasthani sweet is truly very delicious. It is rich in proteins and needs a lot of ghee. You can use either khoya or milk to prepare it.
- Apple Ragi halva
This is one of the healthiest types of halva. Made with blended apples, flour and jaggery, it is specially made for children below 1 year of age.
- Carrot halva
The most popular type, a.k.a Gajar ka halva, it also has a few different sub-types in it, while all of them having Carrots as a major ingredient for sure.
These might be just 6 types, but, in all, there are over 25 varieties of halva existing. One big advantage of halva is that it is one of the rare desserts which can be kept at room temperature with a very less risk of getting spoiled. But during the summers, it is recommended to be kept in the refrigerator. Having halva for dinner or after dinner is usual in India, people love eating halva to their delight.
Posted by : RichaTheFoodDoctor | 2017-11-07