Rosewater-Cardamom Whole Wheat Halwa

Looking for a change from the ordinary? Give this South Asian and Middle Eastern treat a try! It’s sweet and delicious and makes a conversation-starting alternative to puddings, custards, and crème brûlée. You can even use it as a sweet spread. Once you’ve had it, you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life.

Prep Time
Cook Time
15 to 20
6 to 8 servings
  • 8 pods or 1 tsp (2 g) ground cardamom
  • 4 cups (1 L) water
  • 1⅔ cups (333 g) Redpath Simply Raw™ Turbinado Sugar
  • ¼ cup (41 g) apricots, slivered
  • 4 strips orange zest
  • ½ tsp (3 g) salt
  • 2 cups (250 g) whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup (29 g) blanched whole or slivered almonds
  • 1 cup (250 ml) ghee (clarified butter)
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) rosewater
  • Redpath Simply Raw™ Turbinado Sugar (optional)
  • Slivered almonds, lightly toasted (optional)
  • Sliced apricots (optional)

Steps on making Indian-style halwa

Step 1

If using cardamom pods, grind cardamom seeds in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder and set aside.

Step 2

In a medium saucepan combine water with the Redpath Simply Raw™ Turbinado Sugar. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to low and keep at a bare simmer. Carefully add the dried apricots, ground cardamom, strips of orange zest, and salt.

Step 3

In a heavy-bottomed non-stick skillet over medium-low heat, place the whole wheat flour, and stir continuously. Flour should slowly change colour to a light brown colour, and begin to give off a nutty aroma; 5 minutes.

Step 4

Add the ghee to the pan, and vigorously stir until ghee is absorbed into the flour. Stir in the almonds. Continue to stir the flour/ghee mixture to prevent flour from burning.

Step 5

After about 5 minutes, the ghee should start weeping out from the flour mixture. At this point, remove orange zest from the water/sugar mixture, using a slotted spoon. Increase heat to medium-high and bring the water/sugar mixture to a boil. Stir the rosewater into the boiling water/sugar mixture

Step 6

Slowly add the hot water/sugar mixture into the flour mixture while continuously stirring to avoid lumps. Be careful, as the flour mixture will begin to splatter as the liquid hits the hot pan.

Step 7

Keep cooking the halwa until it begins to come away from the sides of the pan.

Step 8

Remove from heat, portion into small dishes, sprinkling a layer of almonds or sliced apricots in between the layers and/or on top, if desired. Serve immediately.

Bowl of whole wheat halwa on a green platter with a spoon and sliced almonds