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apple halwa recipe with cinnamon and vanilla
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apple halwa recipe with step by step photos – an easy and delicious apple halwa flavored with cinnamon & vanilla powder.

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, apple muffins, tarts, puddings, pie, apple fritters, apple kheer… all these goodies with apples are always on my top list.

apples for apple halwa recipe

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, 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 🙂

apple halwa, apple halwa recipe

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.

if you are looking for more halwa recipes then do check sooji halwa, atte ka halwa, lauki halwagajar ka halwa and moong dal halwa recipe.

apple halwa recipe details below:

apple halwa recipe
4.46 from 11 votes

apple halwa recipe

apple halwa recipe with cinnamon and vanilla
course desserts
cuisine indian
prep time 20 minutes
cook time 35 minutes
total time 55 minutes
servings 3
rough calories per serving 376 kcal
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 6 to 7 medium sized apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or butter or oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder or 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons sugar, add more if the apples are less sweet
  • 1 tablespoon blanched almonds peeled & halved or chopped
  • 1 tablespoon blanched pistachios peeled & halved or chopped

how to make apple halwa recipe

  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.


lets start step by step apple halwa recipe:

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

apples for apple halwa recipe

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.

apples for apple halwa recipe

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.

apples for apple halwa recipe

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.

sugar for apple halwa recipe

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

cinnamon powder for apple halwa recipe

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

making apple halwa recipe

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

making apple halwa recipe

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.

preparing apple halwa recipe

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

apple halwa recipe, apple halwa

10: decorate it with some halved almonds and pistachois.

apple halwa, apple halwa recipe

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

apple halwa, apple halwa recipe

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56 comments/reviews

  1. like you, apple is my least favourite fruit, I tried this recipe and added lots of roasted nuts and bit overcooked it. It turned out great. My husband hates eating sweet, but he loved it too. especially its bit tanginess with sweetness. Looking forward to more innovative usages of apple.
    And yes, you are my favourite chef. 🙂

    • thanks shipra for your kind words. glad to know that both of you liked this apple halwa. you can make apple muffins, apple cake, apple pie or milkshake, smoothie with them. all these recipes are already shared on the website.

  2. Instead of vanilla powder can we add essence?

    • yes you can add vanilla essence. add about half teaspoon of vanilla essence.

  3. Woww..Dis looks yummyyy…I want to try this..
    Can I add cashew powder to this.?
    I have tried many of your images are available it makes the preparation go smoothly..Thank u..:)

    • thanks a lot anjali. you can add cashew powder.

  4. Hi Dassana this halwa looks yummy_yummy I want give it a go on this diwali as prashad could you please tell me can I use honey and sugar both honey just give glazing to halwa if yes what quantity do you recommend as I need to make quality huge amount about 12 to 25 apples

    quick response will be appreciated


    Urvashi shah

    • urvashi, avoid honey. honey should not be heated as it becomes toxic when heated. you can use organic jaggery instead of honey. but with jaggery the color will change and also the taste will be different. for sugar or jaggery, just increase the amount proportionally. also the amount to be added depends on the sweetness of apples. if the apples are not sweet, then you may need to add more sugar.

      • thank you so much for quick response will do the same as recommended… more thing I have made apple pie for Dhanteras yesterday and it turned out yummy. it looks like i sm having Appley Diwali lol….in London we do get quite a few variety of apples and I am sure I will find so sweet and juice apples for halwa I am into healthy eating so I like sweet made with fruits thank you so much for your recipes they are healthy and tasty both…..will let you know how halwa turn out to be once I made it.

        thanks again

        • welcome urvashi. happy diwali to you. of course you will get more variety of apples, then what we get in india. sweets made from fruits are much better. you can also have a look at the pumpkin halwa and ash gourd halwa that are already posted on the website. and you can reduce the ghee or sugar as per your requirements in the halwa. sure do let me know how the apple halwa turns out.

          • Hi Dassana, hope you had wonderful Diwali!

            the apple halwa I made for Diwali day was amazing as you suggested an option of raisines I did the same but I added dried cranberries and raisines and it wad too good thank you so much I like the way you represent recipes with pictures atleast we cannot go wrong…..I never enjoyed cooking like this before…..keep it up and thanks for other halwa suggestions it will surely try them too….you and your cooking both are marvellous thanks for everything.

            • thats great urvashi. thanks a lot. glad that the pics helped you. do try the other halwa recipes too.

  5. Tried it today. Came out well. Thanks a lot Dassana!

    • welcome priya and thanks for the feedback.

  6. Hi, Dasanna I love your blog and have tried quite many. My favorite ones are whole wheat eggless almond cookies and rajma. Have many apples at home and just checking if you have any suitable recipe and found this one.This halwa looks too delicious. Can’t wait to try.

    • surely try durga and let us know how it was? glad to know you liked the apple halwa and thankyou for your kind words.

  7. Hi,

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



    • teena, then its safe to consume. you can also check videos on youtube on how to get rid of the wax.

  8. 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

    • rajshree, just add 1/2 inch of cinnamon stick to the halwa. when you add the apples you can add the cinnamon stick with them.

  9. Gud evening
    any body tell me apple halwa recipe is sour after prepared y???? Pls…

    • kashif, the apples must be tart. if the apples are sweet then the halwa is sweet. for tart apples, you need to add more sugar. hope it helps.

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