Singhare Atte Ka Halwa is also called Sheera, and is a very tasty and wholesome food item that will also satisfy your sweet tooth. Singhare Atta is called Water Chestnut Flour in English and is a great replacement of wheat flour or semolina to make halwas. It is naturally gluten free and is packed with nutrition and also has medicinal values.
Water chestnut flour is primarily consumed during fasts such as the Navaratri festival.
So, let us star with the recipe of Singhara Atta or Water Chestnut Flour Halwa:
- Water Chestnut flour – 1 cup
- Sugar/coconut sugar/jiggery – 1 cup
- Ghee (clarified butter) – 1 cup + 1 tablespoon
- Water – 3 cups
- Freshly ground Green Cardamom powder (Elaichi) – 1 heaped teaspoon,
- Dry fruits (cashew nuts, almonds, pistachios,) – 1/4th cup
- Soaked raisins – 12-15 (optional)
· In a thick bottom pan heat the water and sugar or jaggery, stirring continuously to melt sugar completely. Turn the flame to low and keep simmering, while you prepare the flour mixture.
· Heat a saucepan on medium flame, melt the ghee and stir slowly stir in the water chestnut flour. Keep stirring and roasting on low to medium heat. Roast until the flour offers a nice roasted aroma and changes color to a brown. This flour roasting process will take a little over 5 minutes. Keep stirring continuously while roasting and the flour and ghee mixture should become like coarse brown crumbles.
· Turn the flame to very low and add the cardamom powder to the water chestnut flour while stirring continuously.
· Slowly stir in the hot sugar water syrup into the flour mixture. You will notice that the mixture will start spluttering and curdle.
· Keep stirring on medium-low heat to make the mixture smooth and to thicken. Slowly the dough like mixture will turn a bit dry and coarse again. This process will take around 15 minutes.
· Turn off the flame and cover. Let the Water Chest Nut Flour Halwa sit covered for about another 5 minutes.
· In a small pan, heat 1 tablespoon of ghee and add the dry fruit mix, except raisins and roast them until the nuts turn golden brown.
· Add the roasted nuts to the halwa.
· Serve the Singhare Atte Ka Halwa garnished with soaked raisins and slivers of almonds and pistachios. Enjoy!