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Karachi halwa recipe with step by step photos. Soft and melt in the mouth is karachi halwa which is also known as Bombay halwa. Karachi halwa is made with basically four ingredients – corn flour, ghee, water and sugar. I had got some recipe requests to share karachi halwa, hence sharing the recipe. Making karachi halwa is easy and does not take much time also.

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Karachi halwa is not your everyday sweet, so best to make during festive occasions or special occasions. The Recipe shared here gives you a soft and super delicious halwa. it is does not have a chewy texture.

While making karachi halwa you can add

  1. Your choice of dry fruits in the halwa.
  2. Instead of ghee you can use oil, but ghee gives a good aroma and flavor.
  3. For the color, you can use orange, yellow, red, pink or green color. I have used natural orange color extract. Do avoid artificial food colors. You can also use saffron strands for a yellow color.

The corn flour used in making karachi halwa is the white colored corn flour. This white colored corn flour is called as corn starch in western countries. In Indian we call it as corn flour. So if you live in europe or america, use corn starch to make karachi halwa.

Karachi halwa or Bombay halwa can be served as a festive sweet or as a sweet after meals. Wishing all our readers and well wishers a happy and prosperous Diwali.

Preparation for Bombay halwa recipe

1. First take 1 cup corn flour (100 grams) in a mixing bowl.

corn flour to make karachi halwa recipe

2. Add 1 cup water.

corn flour to make karachi halwa recipe

3. Mix very well with a wired whisk. There should be no lumps. Keep aside.

corn flour to make karachi halwa recipe

4. Line a tray or pan with butter paper or parchment paper. Alternatively you can grease the pan on the bottom and sides with some ghee. Keep aside.

making karachi halwa recipe

Preparing sugar solution for Bombay halwa

5. In a heavy kadai take 1 cup sugar (200 grams).

making karachi halwa recipe

6. Add ½ cup water.

making karachi halwa recipe

7. Add 5 to 6 drops of natural orange color extract. You can use any natural color extract like yellow, red, pink, green. you can also use about 1 pinch of saffron strands for a faint yellow color.

making karachi halwa recipe

8. Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice.

making karachi halwa recipe

9. Mix well and keep the pan on a stove top.

making karachi halwa recipe

10. Keep the flame to medium-low and begin stirring the solution, so that the sugar solution dissolves. Then reduce the flame to a low or sim. Keep the flame to its lowest.

making karachi halwa recipe

11. Let the sugar solution come to a boil.

making karachi halwa recipe

Making corn flour halwa

12. Now take the corn starch solution and stir it again as the corn starch settles down at the bottom, so you have to mix everything again before you add in the sugar syrup.

making karachi halwa recipe

13. Add a part of the corn flour solution. Add corn flour solution in two to three parts.

making karachi halwa recipe

14. As soon as you add mix very well with a wired whisk.

making karachi halwa recipe

15. Then add the second part of the corn flour solution.

making karachi halwa recipe

16. Mix and stir very well.

making karachi halwa recipe

17. Continue to mix and stir at non stop on a low flame. Now use a spatula or a spoon for stirring instead of wired whisk.

making karachi halwa recipe

18. The corn flour will begin to become sticky and thicken. Keep on stirring.

making karachi halwa recipe

19. Stir and mix till the entire mixture thickens.

making karachi halwa recipe

20. Once the entire mixture thickens, add ¼ cup ghee in two to three parts.

making karachi halwa recipe

21. As soon as you add ghee, mix well so that all of the ghee is incorporated in the corn flour mixture.

making karachi halwa recipe

22. All of the ghee should be mixed well.

making karachi halwa recipe

23. Then add the second portion of ghee.

making karachi halwa recipe

24. Mix again.

making karachi halwa recipe

25. Continue to stir and mix when adding ghee in parts.

making karachi halwa recipe

26. Add the last portion of ghee.

making karachi halwa recipe

27. Stir and mix again and cook for 1 to 2 minutes stirring often, till the mixture gathers in one mass. By this time the mixture must have already left the sides of the kadai or pan. You will also see ghee releasing from the sides.

making karachi halwa recipe

To check the doneness of karachi halwa

28. Take a small portion of halwa in a plate.

making karachi halwa recipe

29. Then check if you can form into a ball. If yes then the karachi halwa is ready. While checking you have to be quick and not keep the halwa cooking in the kadai. So either cool the halwa portion by placing it in water or use a napkin and with the help of the cotton napkin shape the halwa.

making karachi halwa recipe

30. Once the mixture gather in one mass and has a translucent appearance, switch off the flame and quickly add 1 tablespoon sliced almonds, 1 tablespoon chopped cashews and ½ teaspoon cardamom powder.

making karachi halwa recipe

31. Then quickly add 1 teaspoon rose water. Rose water can be skipped.

making karachi halwa recipe

32. Mix immediately.

making karachi halwa recipe

Setting karachi halwa

33. Quickly add the mixture in the lined or greased tray.

making karachi halwa recipe

34. Begin to spread the karachi halwa mixture in the tray.

making karachi halwa recipe

35. Then level with a spatula.

making karachi halwa recipe

36. Level neatly.

making karachi halwa recipe

37. Then add 2 teaspoons sliced almonds and 2 teaspoons sliced cashews all over the karachi halwa.

making karachi halwa recipe

38. Press the nuts with spatula so that they stick to it.

making karachi halwa recipe

39. Allow to cool halwa at room temperature.

making karachi halwa recipe

40. Once cooled, remove the karachi halwa.

making karachi halwa recipe

41. Then slice it in squares.

karachi halwa recipe, Bombay halwa recipe

42. Serve karachi halwa as a festive sweet or an after meal sweet. Leftover can be stored in an air tight box and then refrigerated. For more sweets recipes you can check this collection of 121 Diwali sweets recipes.

Bombay halwa recipe

More halwa recipes

  1. Atte ka halwa
  2. Rava kesari
  3. Gajar ka halwa
  4. Badam halwa
  5. Besan halwa

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Karachi Halwa

4.84 from 6 votes
Karachi halwa is made with basically 4 ingredients – corn flour, ghee, water and sugar. Its soft, melt in the mouth and taste good.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Cuisine North Indian
Course: Desserts, Sweets

Servings 30 pieces
Units

Ingredients

for corn flour solution

  • 1 cup corn flour or 100 grams corn flour
  • 1 cup water for dissolving corn flour

for sugar solution

  • 1 cup sugar or 200 grams sugar
  • ½ cup water for dissolving sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 5 to 6 drops of natural orange color extract

other ingredients

  • ¼ cup ghee or 50 grams ghee (clarified butter)
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cashews

for garnishing

  • 2 teaspoons sliced almonds
  • 2 teaspoons sliced cashews

Instructions

preparation for karachi halwa

  • First take 1 cup corn flour (100 grams) in a mixing bowl. add 1 cup water.
  • Mix very well with a wired whisk. There should be no lumps. Keep aside.
  • Line a tray or pan with butter paper or parchment paper. Alternatively you can grease the pan on the bottom and sides with some ghee. Keep aside.

preparing sugar solution

  • In a heavy kadai take 1 cup sugar (200 grams). add ½ cup water.
  • Add 5 to 6 drops of natural orange color extract. You can use any natural color extract like yellow, red, pink, green. You can also use about 1 pinch of saffron strands for a faint yellow color.
  • Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice. mix well and keep the pan on a stove top.
  • Keep the flame to medium-low and begin stirring the solution, so that the sugar solution dissolves. Then reduce the flame to a low or sim. Keep the flame to its lowest.
  • Let the sugar solution come to a boil.

making karachi halwa

  • Now take the corn starch solution and stir it again as the corn starch settles down at the bottom, so you have to mix everything again before you add in the sugar syrup.
  • Add a part of the corn flour solution. Add corn flour solution in two to three parts.
  • As soon as you add mix very well with a wired whisk.
  • Then add the second part of the corn flour solution. mix and stir very well.
  • Continue to mix and stir at non stop on a low flame. Now use a spatula or a spoon for stirring instead of wired whisk.
  • The corn flour will begin to become sticky and thicken. Keep on stirring.
  • Stir and mix till the entire mixture thickens.
  • Once the entire mixture thickens, add ¼ cup ghee in two to three parts.
  • As soon as you add ghee, mix well so that all of the ghee is incorporated in the corn flour mixture.
  • All of the ghee should be mixed well. 
  • Then add the second portion of ghee. mix again.
  • Continue to stir and mix when adding ghee in parts.
  • Add the last portion of ghee.
  • stir and mix again and cook for 1 to 2 minutes stirring often, till the mixture gathers in one mass. By this time the mixture must have already left the sides of the kadai or pan. You will also see ghee releasing from the sides.

to check the doneness of karachi halwa

  • Take a small portion of halwa in a plate
  • Then check if you can form into a ball. If yes then the karachi halwa is ready. While checking you have to be quick and not keep the halwa cooking in the kadai. So either cool the halwa portion by placing it in water or use a napkin and with the help of the cotton napkin shape the halwa.
  • Once the mixture gather in one mass and has a translucent appearance, switch off the flame and quickly add 1 tablespoon sliced almonds, 1 tablespoon chopped cashews and ½ teaspoon cardamom powder.
  • Then quickly add 1 teaspoon rose water. Rose water can be skipped. mix immediately.

setting karachi halwa

  • Quickly add the halwa mixture in the lined or greased tray.
  • Begin to spread the halwa mixture in the tray.  then level with a spatula. level neatly.
  • Then add 2 teaspoons sliced almonds and 2 teaspoons sliced cashews all over the halwa.
  • Press the nuts with spatula so that they stick to it.
  • Allow to cool at room temperature.
  • Once cooled, remove the karachi halwa. then slice it in squares.
  • Serve karachi halwa as a festive sweet or an after meal sweet. Leftover can be stored in an air tight box and then refrigerated.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Karachi Halwa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 64 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 8mg0%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 6g7%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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16 Comments

  1. Hi
    My halwa didn’t turned translucent and wasn’t sticky I used cornstarch.
    If the proportion of sugar and water is not same as mentioned does that effect?4 stars

    1. corn starch is the ingredient that is used in making karachi halwa. did you change the proportion of sugar and water as that does affect the consistency and texture?

  2. Hi Dassana,

    Do you have a list of dairy free Indian desserts (without milk, cream or ice cream. Ghee/butter are fine)? I am planning to make a seafood thali and wonder what sweet would go well with it.

    1. hi priya, i have not categorized the desserts as dairy-free, but in the vegan category, you can get some desserts -https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/recipe/vegan-recipes/

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