Contrary to the previous post, Apricot Halwa is pretty easy. I wanted to try something different, and was standing around in the kitchen, gazing into my refrigerator which is known to hold all kinds of unrelated items, when my eyes fell upon a packet of dried apricots that I picked up on a whim the previous day (from Costco of all places; don’t ask!!). That means it was industrial-size and there was no way I was going to be able to finish it all up. So here’s what I did…
The halwa goes BEST with vanilla ice cream. Not many people like the strong flavor of fruit on its own, but it was a big hit with ice cream and also with Rabdi that I made the next day. I have put up that recipe as well.
- apricots - 2 cups, dried
- sugar - 1/2 cup
- condensed milk - 1/2 cup
- water - 1 cup
- ghee - 3 tbsp
- dried fruits - A handful - almonds / pistachios / cashewnuts
- Soak apricots in water for an hour or so till they get soft. Drain the water and pulse them in a food processor/blender till they become smooth-ish but don't turn into a puree. Set aside.
- Boil 3/4 cup of water and add the sugar. Continue boiling for a while until it gets sticky and forms a sugar syrup. It will take about 15 minutes or so.
- Add the blended apricots and stir continuously. DON'T Stop! Keep at it until it gets smooth and cooked.
- Add condensed milk and stir for a while more. Add the ghee a tbsp at a time. When it's done the halwa will look glossy and smooth.
- Roast some dried fruit and add it to the halwa.