apple halwa recipe, how to make apple halwa with cinnamon & vanilla


apple halwa recipe – apples and me have a love hate relationship… i did not like them as a child and hated them. as always was the case, i was forced to have apple milk shake everyday… a milk shake i detested so much. i swear, whenever i go to buy fruits, i will buy all fruits except apples. there is no place for apples in my heart and in my kitchen.

but as there are always twists and turns in a love hate relationship… so is the case here. i do have a distinct aversion for raw apples in whatever shape or size they may be…. but i have a distinct likeness for cooked apples in fried, steamed or pureed form. apple cake, tarts, puddings, pie, apple fritters, apple kheer… all these goodies with apples are always on my top list.


with a lot of apples in the kitchen and thinking what to do with them??? make an apple pie, apple cake or something else.??? whilst browsing The Hare Krishna Book of Vegetarian Cooking book, i came across an apple halwa recipe…. and i was on the run with peeling, coring and dicing the apples.

the hare krishna book of vegetarian cooking has fantastic recipes. the recipes in the desserts and sweets section is simply superb, with a few recipes dedicated to desserts made with fruits. this apple halwa is also good for kids who do not like apples like me. easy to make, apart from some heavy stirring with your hands…. but your wrist will not pain :-)


the best part of this apple halwa is that its not a heavy dessert as no milk, cream or evaporated milk (khoya) is added in the halwa.

i have used ghee to make the halwa, but you can also make it with an odourless oil like sunflower oil. to add some warmth to the halwa, i have added cinnamon powder and vanilla powder and the apple halwa had the hint of cinnamon tinged with the flavor and aroma of vanilla.


the original apple cake recipe, has raisins added to the halwa. i detest sour tidbits in a sweet base. so i have not added raisins. almond slices have also been added in the original recipe. you can add any dry fruits of your choice. seasonal fruits can be used to make this halwa. ripe pears, mangoes and other juicy fruits can be replaced with apples. finally you could also make this healthy apple halwa on festive occasions.

lets start step by step apple halwa recipe:

1: heat the ghee in a kadai or saucepan and add the apples to it.


2: fry the apples for 4-5 minutes or more, stirring often till they soften. when they have become soft, add 1 tbsp water. lower the heat and cook these uncovered for 15-20 minutes.


3: the apples will start to thicken and merge. with a spoon mash the cooked apples and keep on stirring so that the mixture does not stick to the bottom of the pan. you could keep some small chunk sized pieces if you want.


4: now add the sugar. the recipe called for 1 and a half cup sugar, i just made it to 5 tbsp sugar…. sugar also depends upon the sweetness of the apples.


5: i also added cinnamon powder to the halwa….  apples and cinnamon are made for each other :-)


6: continue to stir and cook the halwa till the mixture become one and starts to pull away from the bottom of the kadai.


7: i also could not resist adding vanilla powder to it.


8: increase the heat to medium and continue to cook the halwa, stirring often. when the mixture becomes thick, difficult too move and translucent, remove the pan from fire. i did not want to stir more…. no wrist pain ya…. just that i wanted a little juicy and soft halwa. you could add some sliced or chopped nuts and raisins at this point and continue to cook for 2 minutes more.


9: remove the apple halwa on a greased thali or plate and form into 1 inch thick layer square.


10: decorate it with some halved almonds and pistachois.


11: when cooled cut into squares or diagonal shaped halwa. serve apple halwa warm or cold.


if you are looking for more halwa recipes then do check suji halwa, lauki halwagazar halwa, banana sheera and badam halwa.

apple halwa recipe details below:

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apple halwa with cinnamon and vanilla
apple halwa with cinnamon and vanilla
RECIPE TYPE: desserts
CUISINE: indian
SERVES: 16 squares
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 6-7 apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 tbsp ghee or butter or oil
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 tbsp sugar .... add more if the apples are less sweet
  • 1 tbsp blanched, peeled, halved almonds
  • 1 tbsp blanched, peeled, halved pistachios
  1. melt the ghee or butter in a kadai or saucepan.
  2. add the apples and fry them for 4-5 minutes.
  3. when they get soft and browned, add 1 tbsp water.
  4. lower the heat and cook the apples uncovered for 15 minutes till they merge and thicken.
  5. mash the apples with your spoon and stir frequently to avoid the mixture from getting burnt.
  6. add the sugar.
  7. continue to stir and cook till the whole mixture becomes one and starts to pull away from the bottom of the pot.
  8. rasie the heat and keep on stirring.
  9. add cinnamon powder and vanilla powder or vanilla extract. mix these and continue to stir.
  10. when the mixture becomes translucent around the edges and its becomes difficult to remove the spoon, remove the kadai or saucepan from the fire.
  11. add chopped dryfruits or raisins and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  12. take the halwa on a plate and form into a layer of 1 inch thick square
  13. decorate the halwa with halved almonds and pistachois.
  14. when cooled, cut into squares.
  15. serve apple halwa warm or cold.
  16. apple halwa can be refrigerated and stays good for 3-4 days.

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  1. teena says


    If we peel off the wax coated apple then also its a concern or then the apple is safe to be consumed??



  2. Rajshree says

    Hi! I do not have cinnamon powder with me, but cinnamon sticks. I am not confident about grinding them properly. So how can I use that in this dish. Please help

  3. Bridget says

    hello Dassana. this is an awesome recipe. plz tell me if there anyway i can avoid the sugar part, I have diabetics at home. thank u.

  4. zui says


    Thank you so much for this recipe. My family and friends love it! I have tried it twice and it has turned out great each time.

  5. Priti says

    Thanks for the recipe Dassana! Happy Diwali & Saal Mubarak to you and your family!
    I made this recipe yesterday, the only suggestion I have is that it took a while longer to cook the apples.
    This is an amazing recipe! Thanks again!

    • says

      welcome preeti. the cooking time depends upon the quality of the apples. sometimes when i make this halwa, the apples cook very fast and some times, the cooking takes some time.

  6. mukambika says

    Hi Dassana
    Just chanced up on ur apple halwa recipe a few days back .shared it with my colleagues.all three of us made it.turned out to be yummilicious.that was a bhog for matarani on ashtami.thank u .since it was free from khoya i indulged.thanks for the presentation.just eases my nerves.thanks for all the appreciative smiles who tasted my halwa.vanilla flavour turned out to be the hero.
    Bye…keep up… u…

    • says

      welcome mukambika. reading your comment i can imagine that apple halwa was a hit and you all liked it. glad to know that the recipe brought some good moments in your group.

  7. HARISH IYER says

    Hey Dassana, Ive tried out your recipe and it turned out exactly the same. I am not sure how to send you the picture of d apple halwa I made. But I can say it is succesful.

  8. dhanalakshmi says

    Dear Dasanna,

    Your veg recipes items are so and very good…. Keep update me all the veg items pls…. WIsh u very very happy new year…. Thanks alot

  9. Sudeshna says

    looks awesome… My recepie for the coming week end :D…

    Dassana, do you have any idea of the exact quantity ratio of rice and milk for rice kheer “Payesh” as we call it in bengali….

    • says

      thanks sudeshna. the proportion would depend on the consistency of the kheer. i think 2 litres of milk with one fistful of rice… may come to approx 1 cup rice is fine.