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Mar 16, 2010

Coconut Halwa

Hope you all had a wonderful Ugadi celebration! As we all know the special for Ugadi festival is the preparation of Ugadi Pachadi which is a fusion of six tastes (Shadruchulu) such as, sour, bitter, sweet, salt, spicy, pungent. I prepared this Ugadi Pachadi and also coconut halwa as a sweet treat.

Coconut Halwa recipe:


  • 2 cups grated coconut, fresh (frozen also can be used)
  • ½ cup Rice, uncooked
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 1 or 2 tsp Ghee
  • ¼ tsp Cardamom Powder
For Garnish:
  • Cashews and Raisins, sautéed in some ghee


Soak rice in enough water for 2 to 3 hours or until rice becomes soft.

Grind the soaked rice and grated coconut into a very fine paste by adding some water. But don’t make it too watery. It should be like a smooth paste. Keep aside.

In a non-stick pan pour sugar and add some water just enough to immerse the sugar (approx. ½ cup). Bring the sugar solution to a boil and wait till one string consistency is acquired.

Then immediately add the cardamom powder + ground coconut – rice paste and keep stirring until it becomes thick and leaves the sides of the pan. Just before turning off the flame, add ghee and mix well.

That’s all! Great tasting coconut halwa is ready!!

Here are some serving ideas for this yummy halwa. But don’t forget to garnish it with fried cashew and raisins.

You can either:

Grease a plate, spread halwa flat and cut into desired shapes when it becomes cool.


Make shapes with a round bowl.


Make into laddu shapes and serve.


Make different shapes using Cookie Cutters.


Just simply serve in a bowl!!


Lena Jayadev said... [Reply]

Hai Uma..snap is too tempting..never tasted this..but looks yumm yumm.. :)

Treat and Trick said... [Reply]

Coconut halwa looks yummy and its variation of shape are great...


Sushma Mallya said... [Reply]

Thats something different,loved all the shapes and sounds really good...

Unknown said... [Reply]

a nice different recipe..looks yumm

Jayashree said... [Reply]

I like the way you've shaped it into a star.

Unknown said... [Reply]

looks delicious.. nice click..

Deepthi Shankar said... [Reply]

nice halwa

Finla said... [Reply]

I love the star shaped one. They looks so beautiful.

Anonymous said... [Reply]

Star shaped halwa looks vert inviting! Nice recipe!

Hamaree Rasoi said... [Reply]

Lovely presentation dear. I want to have this as my dessert tonight:-)

Vanamala Hebbar said... [Reply]

Lots of designs ... nice recipe..never heard abt this

kitchen queen said... [Reply]

the coconut halwa looks lovely and delicious.

Hari Chandana P said... [Reply]

WOW... yummyy halwa..looks delicious n tempting.. lovely shape.. :)

Tina said... [Reply]

Cute and lovely halwa...

Shama Nagarajan said... [Reply]

nice thought dear..yummy halwa

FewMinute Wonders said... [Reply]

Coconut Halwa! Your halwa has rice it. I have not made them with rice. Will give it a try the next time I make it. Thanks for sharing.

Latha said... [Reply]

Yummy and easy halwa.

Cham said... [Reply]

Halwa is looking very pretty never heard of it! Very interesting recipe!

PS said... [Reply]

looks very yummy and tempting.. nice pics too..

Indrani said... [Reply]

Never made this at home, but I'm a coconut freak..love to tr this soon..pics are too tempting, Uma..Happy Ugadi to u and ur family

Panchpakwan said... [Reply]

Yummy halwa...cool shapes..

Madhavi said... [Reply]

Oh mouth-drooling halwa, yummmmmm!!

Champa said... [Reply]

This is a new recipe to me. Nice one and should try.

Sailaja Damodaran said... [Reply]

Super easy sweet............

San!!! said... [Reply]

Awesome presentation uma,coconut halwa is new to me.Could n't imagine how it would taste,but your pics are hinting me that it would tasted heavenly.

Nithu Bala said... [Reply]

Hey Uma, halwa is yummy..like the pictures..esp that star shaped is too good:-)

Vaishali said... [Reply]

As always, Uma, you've made the halwa look delicious. A belated happy Ugadi!

Simplyfood said... [Reply]

Delicious coconut halwa and the presentation ideasare awesome.

Padma said... [Reply]

Halwa looks so tempting and loved the star shape.

Sowjanya@Ruchikacooks said... [Reply]

Love all the shapes..Five star Halwa!


Gita Jaishankar said... [Reply]

Halwa looks really tasty Uma...cute clicks :)

Rachana said... [Reply]

I loved all the shapes but my fav is the star shape... yummy halwa...

Raks said... [Reply]

Sounds new to me,and so creative presentations Uma!

notyet100 said... [Reply]

looks yumy,,,,

Parita said... [Reply]

Cocnut halwa looks delicious, love the cute star shape!

Mahimaa's kitchen said... [Reply]

i am super tempted to try it. will let u know if i do.

jayasree said... [Reply]

A new sweet for me. Liked it more since it uses only 2 tblspn of ghee. Beautiful shape esp. the star one.

Srivalli said... [Reply]

Happy Ugadi Uma, how innovative to come up with a coconut halwa..you know I have a series on that..only I never thought of this..:)..you know the other day athamma did apple halwa and I was thinking of you..:P

Cynthia said... [Reply]

beautifully presented.

Meera said... [Reply]

Belated Ugadi wishes. Looks delicious.

Suparna said... [Reply]

hi uma,
This halwa is new to me...great from the usual version of kesaris :)
The presentation takes the maximum credit I must say!! clap* clap* clap :)

Sum Raj said... [Reply]

woo i am speechless dear...mouthwatering click

Priya Suresh said... [Reply]

Halwa looks fabulous and beautiful..

Anonymous said... [Reply]

what a wonderful treat for Ugaadi! I wish I could be a part of your family to enjoy these delicious (by looking it self I can say) snack.
Happy new year!
-Nature Lover

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