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apple halwa recipe

apple halwa recipe made with apples, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. apple halwa is a delicious halwa that is easy to make. this apple halwa recipe does not use sooji (rava), milk, khoya or milk powder. just apples, sugar (optional) and ghee. flavorings and nuts of your choice can be added in the apple halwa. 

4.5 from 12 votes
total time:
45minutes

apple halwa recipe with step by step photos. apple halwa is an easy and delicious halwa or apple pudding that is made with apples. the smooth texture of this apple halwa has aromatic hints from cinnamon & vanilla.

apple halwa

like most fruits, apple is a versatile fruit that can be had raw or eaten cooked. while usually, we have raw apples directly or juice them, i also make apple halwa on occasions. besides apple halwa, i also make apple cakemuffins, tarts, apple pie and apple kheer.

i started making apple halwa some 7 years ago. once on a cold afternoon when there were too many apples in the kitchen and i was wondering what to do with them – i found a halwa recipe using mix fruits in the hare krishna book of vegetarian cooking. adapting the same recipe i made apple halwa and this has been a favorite all these years. i also make banana halwa using the same recipe. i have updated this 7 years old recipe originally published on 1 february 2012 with better pictures.

the hare krishna book of vegetarian cooking has some really good recipes. the recipes in the desserts and sweets section is simply superb, with a few recipes dedicated to desserts made with fruits.

apple halwa recipe

the best part of this apple halwa is that it is not a heavy dessert as no milk, cream or evaporated milk (khoya) is added in the halwa. this apple halwa is also good for kids who do not like apples.

tips for making apple halwa or apple pudding

1. type of apple to be used
to make apple halwa use apples which are sweet. you can use any variety of apples that are sweet. avoid green apples or apple varieties which are tart. if you use tart or tangy apples, then the halwa has a sweet-sour taste and you may also need to add more sugar. the sweeter the apples, the less sugar needs to be added.

2. adding sugar or skipping sugar ?
sugar is optional in the recipe and can be skipped completely. so you can skip sugar entirely and make a sugar-free apple halwa

3. alternative sweeteners or sugar substitutes
instead of sugar sweeteners like palm sugar, coconut sugar, jaggery, maple syrup can also be added. please do not add honey as honey becomes toxic on heating.

4. substitutes for ghee
you can also make apple halwa with a neutral odourless oil like sunflower oil. coconut oil can also be used instead of ghee.

5. flavorings
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. you can even add cardamom powder if you do not have cinnamon powder and vanilla. even a bit of nutmeg powder can be added.

6. choice of nuts and dry fruits
the original halwa recipe from the book had raisins added to the apple halwa. i have not added them, but you can add. almond slices have also been added in the original recipe. you can add any dry fruits & nuts of your choice.

7. making halwa with other fruits
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 delicious apple halwa on festive occasions.

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apple halwa | apple pudding

4.5 from 12 votes
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:45 mins
apple halwa recipe made with apples, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. apple halwa is a delicious halwa that is easy to make. this apple halwa recipe does not use sooji (rava), milk, khoya or milk powder. just apples, sugar (optional) and ghee. flavorings and nuts of your choice can be added in the apple halwa. 
apple halwa recipe
Course:desserts
Cuisine:indian
Servings:6
Calories:151kcal
Author:dassana

INGREDIENTS FOR apple halwa | apple pudding

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • 1 kg apple or 7 to 8 medium sized apples or 7 cups chopped apples
  • 5 tablespoons sugar or add as required - optional
  • 3 tablespoons ghee
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 almonds - chopped
  • 10 cashews - chopped

HOW TO MAKE apple halwa | apple pudding

preparation for apple halwa recipe

  • rinse 1 kg apples (7 to 8 medium-sized apples) very well in water using a colander. drain all the water. then peel each apple.
  • quarter them and slice off the part containing seeds and pith.
  • then chop the apples in small cubes. you will need 7 cups chopped apples.

cooking apples for making apple halwa

  • heat a heavy kadai or pan and keep flame to medium-low. add 2 tablespoons ghee in the kadai and let it melt.
  • add the chopped apples.
  • mix it with the ghee and begin to saute the apples on a low to medium-low flame for some 5 to 6 minutes. some apples will soften and some won’t.
  • then add 2 tablespoons water. mix again.
  • cover the kadai or pan cook for 12 to 15 minutes. stir at intervals.
  • on a low to medium-low flame cook covered till all the apples have softened and become mushy. the apples mixture will start to thicken. 
  • 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.

making apple halwa

  • then add sugar. tangy apples will require more sugar. so amount of sugar to be added depends upon the sweetness of the apples. mix well.
  • stirring often cook till some ghee can be seen at the sides for about 9 to 10 minutes on a low to medium-low flame. there should be no bubbling of apple juices in the halwa.
  • then add cinnamon powder. apples and cinnamon together are a wonderful combination.
  • next add vanilla extract.
  • add chopped nuts. also keep a few chopped nuts aside for garnish.
  • mix very well. check the taste of apple halwa and if required add some more sugar.
  • sauté stirring often for 3 to 4 minutes till the apple halwa mixture become one and starts to pull away from the sides of the kadai.
  • serve apple halwa hot or warm garnished with some chopped nuts. leftover apple halwa can be refrigerated. stays good for a week.

RECIPE TIPS

tips for apple halwa
  • to make apple halwa use apples which are sweet. you can use any variety of apples that are sweet. avoid green apples or apple varieties which are tart.
  • if you use tart or tangy apples, then you may also need to add more sugar.
  • sugar is optional in the recipe and can be skipped.
  • instead of sugar sweeteners like palm sugar, coconut sugar, jaggery, maple syrup can also be added.
  • you can also make apple halwa with a neutral odourless oil like sunflower oil. coconut oil can also be used instead of ghee.
  • you can even add half a teaspoon of cardamom powder if you do not have cinnamon powder and vanilla. even a bit of nutmeg powder can be added. you can add less cinnamon powder and vanilla extract if you want. 
  • if using artificial vanilla essence, then add only half a teaspoon of it. 
  • you can add any dry fruits & nuts of your choice.
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preparation for apple halwa recipe

1. rinse 1 kg apples (7 to 8 medium-sized apples) very well in water using a colander. drain all the water. then peel each apple.

making apple halwa

2. quarter them and slice off the part containing seeds and pith.

making apple halwa

3. then chop the apples in small cubes. you will need 7 cups chopped apples.

making apple halwa

cooking apples for apple halwa recipe

4. heat a heavy kadai or pan and keep flame to medium-low. add 2 tablespoons ghee in the kadai and let it melt.

making apple halwa

5. add the chopped apples.

making apple halwa

6. mix it with the ghee and begin to saute the apples on a low to medium-low flame.

making apple halwa

7. saute for some 5 to 6 minutes. some apples will soften and some won’t

making apple halwa

8. then add 2 tablespoons water.

making apple halwa

9. mix again.

making apple halwa

10. cover the kadai or pan and cook for 12 to 15 minutes on a low to medium-low flame.

making apple halwa

11. stir at intervals.

making apple halwa

12. on a low to medium-low flame cook covered till all the apples have softened and become mushy. the apples mixture will start to thicken. 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.

making apple halwa

making apple halwa or apple pudding

13. then add 5 tablespoons sugar. tangy apples will require more sugar. so the amount of sugar to be added depends upon the sweetness of the apples.

making apple halwa

14. mix well.

making apple halwa

15. stirring often cook till some ghee can be seen at the sides for about 9 to 10 minutes on a low to medium-low flame. there should be no bubbling of apple juices in the halwa.

making apple halwa

16. then add 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder. apples and cinnamon together are a wonderful combination.

making apple halwa

17. next add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

making apple halwa

18. add chopped nuts like almonds, cashews, pistachios. also keep a few chopped nuts aside for garnishing apple halwa. i added 10 almonds and 10 cashews (all chopped).

19. mix very well. check the taste and if required add some more sugar.

apple halwa, apple halwa recipe

20. sauté stirring often for 3 to 4 minutes till the mixture become one and starts to pull away from the sides of the kadai.

apple halwa, apple halwa recipe

21. serve apple halwa hot or warm garnished with some chopped nuts. leftover apple halwa can be refrigerated. stays good for a about a week in the fridge.

apple halwa

namaste, i am dassana

dassana
Founder, Chef, Recipe Developer, Food Photographer || MORE ABOUT US

i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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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 recipes..as 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

    regards

    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…..one 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??

    Regards,

    Teena

    • 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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