Wheat Halwa | Atta Halwa

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Just 3 ingredients, and voila! You’ve got a scintillating and decadently gorgeous Atta Halwa. As obvious from the name, the main ingredient in this North Indian style Atta Halwa Recipe is whole wheat flour (atta). Along with this, other ingredients are generous quantities of ghee and sugar to sweeten the dessert. Which also makes this Wheat Halwa really, really melt-in-mouth and taste oh-so-good! This recipe is easy too. So, whether a special occasion, a festive celebration or just another day, this halwa is apt to add some sweetness to your day.

wheat halwa garnished with cashew and served on a white plate with text layover.

About Wheat Halwa

The Atta Halwa is also a recipe that really gets quickly, within 15 minutes flat. While you are roasting the whole wheat flour, the sugar syrup gets done and comes to a rolling boil.

Later, you just add it to the golden atta with a nutty fragrance and keep stirring it till the halwa gets to a semi-thick or thick consistency. The texture of this Wheat Flour Halwa is just like the Suji Ka Halwa.

There’s another popular variation of the Wheat Halwa, called the Kada Prashad which is served in gurudwaras, not just in Punjab, but all over the world for its divine taste. This Atta Halwa Recipe results in a smooth, soft and moist textured halwa, which is the same case with the kada prashad as well.

However, you may add some dry fruits and nuts of your choice in the Atte Ka Halwa, which may not be the case with kara prashad.

wheat halwa garnished with cashews and served in a white bowl with a spoon in it and text layovers.

There are no flavorings added in the Atta Halwa Recipe, which gets you the best nutty flavor of the whole wheat flour only. However, you can add some rava or suji in this Wheat Halwa to give it some texture, as it is just smooth with only the atta in it.

This halwa can be served as a sweet dish after your meals. Or you can enjoy it with Poori, as halwa-poori is a brilliant combination in North India. People there also relish the suji halwa with these fried puffed breads and a sukha kala chana preparation as well.

The Atte Ka Halwa is best had hot or warm. So, if you are refrigerating the leftover halwa, then make sure to warm it before serving.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Wheat Halwa

Preparation

1. Firstly measure and keep all the ingredients ready for making Atte Ka Halwa.

ingredients measured and kept ready for atta halwa recipe.

2. In a kadai or pan, add 2 cups water.

heating water in a pan for making sugar solution.

3. Next, add 1 cup of sugar. I have used organic unrefined sugar. Hence, the color is slightly golden. You can use regular white sugar or raw sugar. You can even use jaggery powder.

adding sugar to the hot water for making sugar solution.

4. Heat the water and sugar. We just need to make a sugar solution.

heating water and sugar together to make the sugar solution.

5. Let the solution come to a boil. We have to add this hot boiling sugar solution to the flour mixture once it is roasted well.

But make sure that there are no thread consistencies formed in the sugar solution. The sugar solution just needs to come to a boil.

boiling sugar solution for atta halwa recipe.

Frying cashews

6. Meanwhile, in another heavy kadai or pan, add ½ cup semi-solid ghee. Remember to use thick bottom kadai so that the atta does not get burnt.

Keep both the pan on 2 burners simultaneously. So that once the flour is roasted, the sugar solution is also hot.

heating ghee in another heavy pan for frying cashews for atta halwa recipe.

7. When the ghee becomes hot, then add 1 tablespoon of cashews. Instead of cashews, you can also add almonds to the halwa at this stage.

cashews added in hot ghee for atta halwa recipe.

8. Fry the cashews till golden. Remove the fried cashews and keep them aside.

cashews fried till golden for atta halwa recipe.

Roasting whole wheat flour

9. In the same kadai or pan, add 1 cup whole wheat flour (atta).

whole wheat flour or atta added to the hot ghee for making wheat halwa.

10. Stir and mix very well.

mixing wheat flour well with a wooden spatula for wheat halwa.

11. Roast the whole wheat flour, stirring continuously, on a low to medium-low heat till the color of the flour changes.

roasting wheat flour for wheat halwa.

12. You will soon get the aroma of roasted whole wheat flour. Keep on stirring to ensure even browning.

roasting wheat flour for wheat halwa.

13. When the atta has turned golden, it will give a good nutty fragrance and begin to release ghee.

You will see the mixture becoming molten and flowing with ghee releasing from the sides as shown in the below photo.

wheat flour releasing ghee after getting roasted well.

14. Then, add the bubbling hot sugar solution to the atta mixture gently. Be careful as the mixture has the tendency to splutter.

prepared hot sugar solution added to wheat mixture for making wheat halwa.

15. Continue to stir and mix very well. You cannot take a break at this step. So stir continuously. A lot of handwork is needed at this stage.

stirring the sugar solution into the wheat mixture continuously.

16. Keep on stirring non-stop so that lumps are not formed.

stirring wheat-sugar solution mixture so that lumps are not formed.

17. Next, add the fried cashews. If you want to add chopped pistachios, then you have to add them at this stage. No need to fry the pistachios before adding them.

fried cashews added to halwa mixture.

18. Keep stirring continuously. The wheat halwa will absorb water and continue to thicken quickly.

mixing fried cashews into the wheat halwa that is thickening.

19. When the halwa consistency is semi thick or thick like a Suji ka Halwa and the ghee is also released from the sides, switch off the heat.

The photo below shows the perfect texture and consistency of the wheat halwa. It should look glossy and shiny.

cooked atta halwa in the pan.

20. Serve Wheat Halwa hot or warm as a after meal sweet or dessert. You can also enjoy wheat halwa with poori.

For more delicious halwa varieties, you can check this collection of Halwa Recipes.

wheat halwa garnished with cashews and served on a white plate with a spoon in it and text layovers.

Expert Tips for Atta Halwa

  1. Roasting whole wheat flour: It is best to use a thick bottom kadai or pan, so that the atta does not get burnt in it and is roasted evenly. While roasting the atta, make sure to do that on low to medium-low heat. If you roast the atta on high heat, the halwa will end up tasting burnt. Keep stirring the atta continuously while roasting, for even browning.
  2. Sweetener: Both regular or organic sugar can be used in this halwa. Even jaggery powder works well in it.
  3. Sugar solution: You don’t have to cook the sugar solution to any thread consistency. It just needs to come to a boil. Also, make sure to add a bubbling hot sugar solution to the roasted atta mixture.
  4. Nuts and dry fruits: Instead of cashews, you can also fry almonds and add them in the halwa. If you want to add pistachios, then no need to fry them. Just add when the fried cashews are added. If you feel like adding raisins too in the halwa, add at the very end, when the halwa is almost done.
  5. Consistency: Switch off the heat when the halwa reaches a semi-thick, thick or a suji halwa-like consistency and ghee also is released from the sides.  
  6. Keep both the pan on 2 burners simultaneously. So that once the flour is roasted, the sugar solution is also hot.
  7. Make sure to stick to these proportions of ghee to atta. Or else, your halwa will turn out to be quite dry and may not taste good.

FAQs

What is the difference between Atta Halwa and Kada Prashad?

Recipe wise, there’s actually no difference apart from the fact that the Kada Prashad is usually plain, without any nuts or dry fruits in it. Ingredient wise Kada Prashad has more ghee than the atta halwa.

Another thing that distinguishes the two is the fact that since Kada Prashad is a prasad served in gurudwaras, it is made with a lot of devotion. Thus, automatically has a divine taste.

Can I make the Atta Halwa Recipe with jaggery?

Of course, you can. You can add about 1 cup of grated/chopped jaggery or jaggery powder in place of the sugar. In fact, to beat the chilly winters in North India, this halwa is made with jaggery a lot of times.

Which nuts and dry fruits can I add in this Wheat Halwa?

You can add cashews, almonds, pistachios and even raisins in this halwa.

Is it possible to make Atte Ka Halwa with butter, and not ghee?

A lot of people do make this halwa with butter. But personally, what I would suggest, is to use ghee only in this recipe, to keep the authenticity intact.

Using ghee does make this halwa a lot richer. But you can always exercise more to burn those extra calories, rather than compromising on the flavors and originality of the dish.

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atte ka halwa garnished with cashews and served on a white plate.

Wheat Halwa | Atta Halwa

Wheat flour halwa or atta halwa is a smooth sweet pudding made with whole wheat flour, ghee sugar and water.
4.96 from 46 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Cuisine North Indian
Course Desserts, Sweets
Servings 3 to 4
Units

Ingredients

  • 1 cup atta (whole wheat flour)
  • ½ cup Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 cup sugar or as required
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon whole cashews (kaju) – optional

Instructions
 

  • Heat the ghee in a heavy bottomed kadai or pan.
  • Add whole wheat flour to the hot ghee and start roasting it.
  • Meanwhile, take sugar and water in another pan.
  • Keep this pan on a medium to high flame and let the solution come to a boil.
  • Fry the atta stirring continuously till its color changes and you get the aroma of roasted whole wheat flour.
  • Keep on stirring the flour to ensure even browning.
  • In the meanwhile keep your eyes also on the sugar solution.
  • If the mixture starts to boil, then lower the flame and let it simmer.
  • The atta or whole wheat flour should turn golden and give a good fragrance. Plus also begins to release ghee.
  • Increase the flame to high for the sugar solution to bubble and when it starts to bubble in a matter of seconds, immediately add it to the hot atta mixture.
  • Be careful as the mixture has the tendency to splutter.
  • Continue to stir with all your hand force, so that no lumps are formed.
  • Atte ka halwa will absorb water and continue to thicken quickly.
  • Keep on stirring. So that lumps are not formed.
  • When wheat halwa is semi thick or thick like a sooji halwa, switch off the fire.
  • Serve atte ka halwa hot or warm.

Notes

Few tips for making atta ka halwa recipe:

  1. The sugar solution needs to be hot when you add it to the roasted atta mixture.
  2. There are no thread consistencies formed in the sugar solution. The sugar solution just needs to come to a boil.
  3. Use thick bottom kadai so that the atta does not get burnt.
  4. You can use regular sugar or organic sugar. You can even use jaggery powder.
  5. If you want to add kishmish (raisins) then add at the very end when the halwa is almost done.
  6. Instead of cashews you can also add almonds in the halwa. You will need to fry the almonds just like we have fried cashews.
  7. If you want to add pista (pistachio), then add them where you have added fried cashews in halwa mixture. No need to fry pista, they can be added directly.
  8. Keep both the pan on two burners simultaneously. So that once the flour is roasted, the sugar solution is also hot.
  9. Roast the atta on a low to medium-low flame.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Wheat Halwa | Atta Halwa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 711 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 169mg5%
Carbohydrates 96g32%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 66g73%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1065IU21%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Wheat Halwa Post from the blog archives, first published in November 2013 has been republished and updated on December 2022.

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