Aate Ka Halwa / Wholemeal Flour Halwa


Aate Ka Halwa/ wholemeal flour halwa is wintery indian dessert loaded with nuts.Aate Ka Halwa

The horn of the milkman in the early morning was the call to get up and take the freshly squeezed cow milk. Our milkman patel kaka supplied the best cow milk. No mixing of water just pure milk. Once the milk was boiled, cooled and rested in fridge for few hours, it would form a  half inch coat of balai aka cream. Balai would be removed and stored in a separate container. This process would continue for fifteen days to make ghee or sometime butter for cakes. Mostly ammi used to tell me to make ghee. The remaining brown crumbs after straining ghee were also kept. Ammi used to add it to different kinds of halwa. Specially aate ka halwa or a mix of sooji aur aate ka halwa. Aate Ka HalwaIt is strange that every fifteen day halwa was lost in the memories. And this is the first time I have made it  in thirteen years. Now and then the memories of ammi keep coming as we used to  spend loads of time preparing delicious dishes. She was my guiding light , always encouraging me to try something new. Life is so strange , the memories keep coming , rekindling the joys in the sadden moments.

Aate Ka Halwa is a delicious, full of fat, loaded with ample amount of nuts. The process starts with roasting the aata with ghee. It is a little lengthy process as aata has to be continuously stirred so that it is not burnt but gets an evenly roasted brown color. The aroma of nuttiness and brown color are the success of this halwa. The entire process of making aate ka halwa has to be done on low flame.Once the flour is roasted, the concoction of  hot water mixed with saffron, cardamom powder and salt is added. Salt is added to balance the flavor of sweetness. Once all the water is absorbed, sugar is added along with the khoya. In dubai I don’t make any ghee so there were no leftover crumbs of balai. The next best option was khoya  for this Aate Ka Halwa. I have given another substitute for khoya too in the recipe note.  But if you ever make ghee, don’t ever throw away the remaining crumbs. Add it to any of your  favorite halwas. It gives  a unique and a very delicious taste. To the recipe.

Serves 4

Aate Ka Halwa / Wholemeal Flour Halwa

5 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 cup aata /wholemeal flour
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp pure ghee
  • 3 tbsp chopped nuts ( pistachio, almond & cashew)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 green cardamom powdered
  • 1/8 tsp saffron
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup khoya(Check notes)


  1. In a separate vessel mix together water,salt,saffron & cardamom and bring to boil on a low flame.Keep aside
  2. Heat ghee in a pan.Add in aata/ wholemeal flour.
  3. Roast till light brown stirring continuously on a low flame.
  4. Add in the chopped nuts.Roast for a minute.
  5. Pour in the prepared hot water.(Add water carefully as it may splutter and can cause burns to hand)
  6. Keep stirring till all the water has been absorbed.
  7. Add in sugar & stir for few minutes.
  8. Add in khoya. Mix till all comes together
  9. Serve hot.
Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Type: Dessert


-Khoya or mawa can be substituted with a mix of 1/2 cup milk powder + 1 tbsp pure ghee + 1 tsp milk.Mix all to form a crumble and add in to halwa for the substitute of Khoya -Jaggery can also be used instead of sugar. Dissolve it in water along with saffron and cardamon.before adding.


Aate Ka Halwa

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