Sago Halwa

I wish you all bloggers a very happy and prosperous new year. Welcome 2008!!!

It was a long vacation that I took for myself from blogging. This is my first post for this year. Sago halwa is one of the easiest halwa to make and amma used to make this at home once in 15 days. We used to get treated to simple desserts on tuesday or friday which used to be her special prayer days. Vermicilli halwa, payasam, sooji halwa...are other desserts that she made on such occassions. Remembering those weekly celebrations fondly and seeking all the blessings was the way to start our new year. We watched Taare Zameen Par, a very good movie directed and acted by Amir Khan on New Year's day. It was a good start to new year.

Ingrediants :
Sago - 1 small cup
Sugar/Brown Sugar - 1/2cup or depending on your sweet levels (threshold??)
water-4 -6 cups (use same cup for sago and water)
Milk - 2-4tbsp
Ghee 2tbsp (optional)
Food Color-1pinch
Cashewnuts and grated dry coconut for garnishing
Procedure :
1. Fry sago on a hot pan. When u see sago poping up like popcorn, remove them from hot pan and add 2-3 cups of water and bring it to boil.
2. Keep stirring the mixture to prevent it from sticking to the vessel or use a nonstick vessel to cook. Add more water if required. Do not make it watery as you might end up with payasam and not halwa.
3. When sago is fully cooked, add color, sugar, and 1tbsp ghee and mix thorougly.
4. Bring this mix to boil. Add 1tbsp of milk and mix again.
5. The sago, sugar mixture at this time should be thick at this time and it no longer sticks to the vessel.
6. Grease a plate with teaspoon of ghee. Add the hot sago mix to the plate and spread it.
7. Fry cashewnuts in remaining teaspoon of ghee and garnish halwa with grated dry coconut and cashewnuts.
8. Allow the halwa to cool down before you cut them into pieces and serve. You can serve them at room temparature or chilled.



Red Chillies said...

What a new idea !(atleast for me). Seems like an easy and delicious recipe.

EC said...

Its a new idea for me tooo...we love all sago payasam...and this post is bookmarked for me to try soon

Lata said...

It is new to me, must try.

Lakshmi said...

@ Red Chillies, easy crafts and lata,

Thankyou all dear. Try it, it is real easy lessen the amount of water from payasam to make it a burfi and you are there!

Roopa said...

excellent idea lakshmi :) happy new year to you to !

SPICE OF LIFE said... mouth is watering ..this is a new one for me ...I used to think payasam was the only thing sweet that could be made from sabudana (sago) ....wish i was there to pop one of the pieces into my mouth

Namratha said...

Yummy, Sabakki halwa, looks delicious!

Latha Narasimhan said...

I have never prepared this halwa! Nice way to make a tasty preparation out of sago! I am amazed at the variety I get to learn in the blogosphere!! :)

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

yummy!!! halwa tumba chennagi kantha ide....New Year wishes to you too

Raks said...

Very new to me! Looks very nice!

We didn't went to watch the fireworks on Marina Bay as it would be too crowded there..but we still watched on TV..;D
What about you?

Grihini said...

Its to try it.

Lakshmi said...

@ Roopa, Spice of Life, LAtha,namratha, Ramya, Raks, Grihini
Thanks all ladies. I love you all bloggers. :)

Kribha said...

That's so cool. I gotta try this.