Comforting semolina halva

Comforting semolina halva

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From
I Love India
Serves
3-4 (in small bowls; double the quantities for larger portions)
Photographer
Martin Poole

As children, we used to love watching the Wimbledon finals with our cousins. It was often the case that we would support opposing players and the atmosphere would get very competitive. There was always a crescendo of noise and tension as the match came to its end; feathers would be ruffled and egos bruised. My aunt (or mother, I can’t remember) would bring out this halva and we would bury our differences in the delicious, humble but comforting pudding. It is simple, but we all love it. This recipe is based on my mother’s recipe and the chickpea flour is a secret – really tasty – addition. It is a quick-to-make pudding in a world where desserts can take hours. You can spruce it up (if you double the recipe) by spooning it into a small cake tin and allowing it to set. Cut into squares or diamonds and serve with some plain or spiced ice cream.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
pinch saffron threads
200ml hot water
2 tablespoons ghee
50g semolina, (ideally medium-grained)
1 rounded tablespoon chickpea flour
45g sugar, or to taste
ground cardamom
roasted cashew nuts
raisins or sultanas

Method

  1. Add the saffron to the hot water and leave to infuse.
  2. Place a small saucepan over a medium heat. Add 1½ tbsp of the ghee and the semolina. Roast until it is a medium golden colour, around 6–7 minutes. Add the chickpea flour and continue cooking the semolina until it is well roasted and has darkened a little more, another 2–3 minutes. It should be quite deeply golden.
  3. Add the sugar and stir for 30 seconds or so. Add the saffron water and cardamom and cook for a few more minutes, or until it all comes together and leaves the sides of the pan.
  4. Stir in the remaining ½ tbsp ghee, the nuts and raisins, take off the heat and serve hot or warm.
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