Godhumai halwa / Wheat halwa / Thirunelveli style halwa has been one of my dreams to make it at home. But always get scared to try thinking about the ghee that goes in. I have been waiting to try for this Diwali and luckily, 3 months back, a reader(Shankari Bagavathi) who’s background is from Thirunelveli, asked me to try and post. I told her that I have no authentic recipe. She immediately sent me recipe which is from her own grandma, but also referred a video in which a different method of making sugar syrup was there. So I combined both as she suggested me and tried. And I was amazed with the results.
With no artificial food colour or flavourings, I could totally relate it to the ‘Iruttu kadai halwa’ which I have tasted 2-3 times. Once when we went for a family tour to Thirunelveli and the other two times, Vj got it from some shop. Later I asked him to stop buying as I am not a big fan of this halwa. I like it but I cant take more than 2 spoons, it will ‘thegattify’ for me.
The first time I tasted wheat halwa was when I was kid and it was homemade. Mom made it like a project and she made it in a large quantity, so I could see her sweat making it. One has to keep on stirring it so, it was difficult for her I understood. I just watched her making later tasted it little that’s it. Those days I used to completely hate sweets. And when I got conceived something ulta happened and I started loving sweets. But still I can say I don’t hate sweets now, not much addicted as well.
What I love about the recipe is the caramelizing sugar part. It adds more flavor and colour to this halwa and tastes very close to the authentic Thirunelvali Iruttukadai Halwa. Thank you so much Shankari, for sharing the recipe . These days we are in nuclear family system and I am sure you can make this in small quantity like me for this Diwali and surprise your family with this authentic sweet. My picture is not that great, coz I got content as well as tired after finishing this project, so took the pictures fast.
Perfect for the Diwali festival season, loaded with ghee and sugar. Restrict yourself to few spoons per day and enjoy the halwa.