Atta Halwa: So comforting and yet so celebratory.

If there is one fragrance that I always associate with this time of the year, it has to be the beautiful aroma of the atta (whole wheat flour) being roasted in mum’s large kadahi.
Atta Halwa. A simple combination of four everyday ingredients that come together to become something so comforting and yet so celebratory. Be it, relishing it on a cold winter morning for breakfast or having a bowlful of it while sitting in the razai at night, over games. Be it, for Navratri with kale sukhe channe and puris that mum would make every year or with my grandmother, when she would take all of her grandchildren to the gurudwara at the dawn of the day to celebrate gurupurab (kada prasad  as it is known, it is slightly different than the regular halwa in terms of the amount of ghee used to make it)…these memories have and will always stay with me. 
It takes me back to a happy childhood, to festivals, to cold Delhi winters, to a home and heart full of love and generosity and laughter and more.
Atta Halwa (Whole Wheat Halwa)

Serves 4


  • 1.5 cups atta (whole wheat flour)
  • 2/3 cup ghee (clarified butter)
  • ¾ cup sugar or more if you like it sweeter
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp of flaked almonds
  • 2 tbsp of slivered pistachios


  1. Heat the ghee in a large, heavy-based pan over low heat.
  2. Add the whole wheat flour to the hot ghee and fry. Keep stirring continuously over low heat till the colour of the flour changes to a golden brown and you begin to get the smell of toasted whole wheat flour. Stirring the flour will ensure that you get even browning and the flour doesn’t get burnt.
  3. While the flour is cooking, add sugar and water to another pan and let it come to a boil. Lower the flame and let it simmer. Once the flour has turned golden brown and begins to release ghee, add the raisins.
  4. Bring the sugar and water syrup back to a boil and add it to the wholewheat, ghee and raisin mix. Continue to stir so that you don’t get any lumps. The whole wheat will absorb all of the sweet syrup and will become thick.
  5. Add flaked almonds the slivered pistachios and serve immediately.

Happy Festive Season Everyone!

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