Atta halwa or atta ka halwa also known as wheat halwa recipe is a traditional Indian sweet or dessert prepared with whole wheat flour, ghee, sugar & green cardamom powder.
This quick wheat flour halwa is super easy to make & perfect for festivals, poojas and for those sudden sweet cravings. This delicious pudding like sweet tastes excellent when served warm as dessert or even as snack with tea or coffee.
Halwa recipes are quite popular in Indian cuisine and often made for festivals like Diwali, Navratri, Holi etc. Along with this atta halwa recipe you can also make suji ka halwa, badam halwa, moong halwa, gajar ka halwa recipes too.
What Is Atta Ka Halwa
Wheat halwa is an Indian sweet pudding recipe made of three simple ingredients. It is made with whole wheat flour, sugar, ghee. You can also add cardamom powder, saffron for flavor & nuts as garnish.
Halwa is a sweet confection or semi solid pudding made of sugar, ghee, vegetables, nuts or grains, flours as base.
Indian cuisine boasts of variety of halwa recipes, specialties from different regions. These are mostly made during winter season which also happens to be the season of many Hindu festivals.
Coming to wheat flour halwa recipe, it is one of the easiest halwa recipe to make at home. It is the simpler version of whole wheat halwa which is made by grinding wheat grains & extracting milk from it.
Atte ka halwa is made by roasting wheat flour in ghee, cooking the roasted flour in water and finally adding sugar to sweeten it. The preparation is very similar to kada prasad and sooji halwa.
The specialty of this halwa is how delicious & rich it tastes even though the recipe is super simple with very basic ingredients.
When made by roasting the flour properly & adding ghee or clarified butter generously, this atta ka halwa tastes super flavorful, rich nutty & non sticky.
Do try this super simple Indian sweet dessert & enjoy.
Ingredients & Substitutes
Whole Wheat Flour
You can use regular wheat flour or chapati atta used for making rotis everyday to make atta halwa. Make sure to use good quality flour that is not rancid for flavorful and fresh tasting halwa.
Ghee Or Clarified Butter
Use very good quality ghee for best tasting flavorful atta halwa. I always use homemade ghee for sweet recipes.
If ghee is unavailable you can also simply melt unsalted butter and use it.
I have used raw organic sugar here so used around 1 cup. If you are using regular sugar or granulated white sugar you can use 3/4 cup of it. For sweeter halwa increase the sugar as you like.
How To Make Atta Halwa Recipe
Roasting Wheat Flour
Heat 1/2 cup heat in heavy bottomed pan for few minutes. Add 1 cup whole wheat flour to it.
Mix very well.
Start roasting in low medium flame.
Roast until the wheat flour turns light brown, aromatic & nutty. Lower the flame.
Making Aate Ke Halwa Recipe
Add 2.5 cups boiling water to the roasted flour and mix very well. Maintain low flame and keep stirring continuously until all the water is absorbed.
Now add sugar and mix well in low heat.
Adding sugar will make the flour mixture a bit thin, so keep stirring in low to medium heat until the sugar dissolves properly. Now you can add little ghee.
Now add cardamom powder, saffron and chopped nuts to aate ka halwa
Mix very well thoroughly. Remove from heat.
Serve wheat halwa warm. You can add more chopped cashews, dry fruits like raisins before serving.
Serving Suggestions & Storage
Atta halwa tastes excellent when served piping hot off the pan. You can serve it as dessert or snack.
While you can store this wheat halwa in refrigerator, always reheat it gently with some ghee for best tasting halwa.
Store any leftovers in airtight container and reheat before serving.
Making best atta halwa is super simple and here are few tips that will help you.
Selecting wheat flour
Make sure to select good quality fresh wheat flour that is not rancid. You can use both fine or slightly course flour for this recipe. For more flavor you can also add 3 tablespoons besan or chickpea flour.
Use a heavy pan
Use a very good quality pan for roasting wheat flour to prevent burring. You can use a pressure cooker base, thick bottomed steel or non stick pan for making aate ka halwa recipe.
Roast the flour very well
The key for making super flavorful perfect atta halwa is roasting the flour thoroughly. You have to roast the flour and cook till it turns to a deep brown color with nutty aroma in medium low heat. It takes around 8-12 minutes depending on the quantity of the flour used.
Keep stirring constantly to prevent burning. Roasting the flour until it turns dark brown is the key step for making atta halwa with nice aroma.
If you wish to add jaggery instead of sugar you may do do. Just add same quantity of powdered jaggery instead of sugar.
Use good quality ghee
Try to use very good quality ghee preferably homemade for making any halwa recipe. It adds so much flavor and a good silky texture to halwas.
To make lump free atte ka halwa
As you add water, the wheat flour will tend to become lumpy. To avoid this lump formation stir continuously in low to medium flame after adding water.
Also make sure to add boiling hot water. Instead of adding water you can also make a thick sugar syrup and add. Just make a thick sugar syrup with 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water, no need to check for string consistency.
Frequently Asked Questions
Homemade atta halwa is surely a healthier choice compared to store-bought desserts. Even though it is made with wheat flour and ghee, it is still sugar laden and best consumed in moderation.
No, the main ingredient used here, the whole wheat flour contains gluten.
To make this recipe is vegan you can simply use melted vegan butter.
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Atta Halwa Recipe
Atta Halwa- Atte Ka Halwa Recipe
1 CUP = 250 ml
- 1/2 cup ghee
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
- few saffron strands
- chopped nuts
- Heat 1/2 cup heat in heavy bottomed pan for few minutes. Add 1 cup whole wheat flour to it.
- Mix very well.
- Start roasting in low medium flame.
- Roast until the wheat flour turns light brown, aromatic & nutty. Lower the flame.
- Add 2.5 cups boiling water to the roasted flour and mix very well. Maintain low flame and keep stirring continuously until all the water is absorbed.
- Now add sugar and mix well in low heat.
- Adding sugar will make the flour mixture a bit thin, so keep stirring in low to medium heat until the sugar dissolves properly. Now you can add little ghee.
- Now add cardamom powder, saffron and chopped nuts to aate ka halwa
- Mix very well thoroughly. Remove from heat.
- Serve wheat halwa warm. You can add more chopped cashews, dry fruits like raisins before serving.