what is habshi halwa?
why is it called habshi?
- Richard SalaamLv 57 years agoFavourite answer
I use to have this recipe saved and I can't find it. Must have been on the old pc.....I save recipes!
250 gm samnak (wheat extract)
5 litres milk
500 gm khoya
1 kg sugar
1 kg ghee
1 tsp saffron
1 tsp kewra jal
1 blade mace
1 pinch nutmeg
10 green cardamoms
In a kadhai, mix the wheat extract and milk and cook on a slow fire, stirring constantly. This process is important to obtain the right consistency. When the milk is reduced to half, add mashed khoya, stirring constantly to blend to a smooth mixture. Then add dissolved saffron in kewra jal and sugar. Keep stirring.
When the sugar is incorporated into the mixture and it becomes thick and difficult to stir, add ghee from the sides and stir well for about 20-30 minutes. When the halwa no longer sticks to the kadhai and becomes a cohesive mass, turn it out in a greased tray or ‘thali’. Finely grind the mace nutmeg and cardamom. Sieve and sprinkle on the halwa. Then mark out diamond shaped pieces and serve when set. This can be stored for even a month in a cool place.
Samnak: Take germinated wheat made from 1 kg wheat. Wash and grind the germinated wheat using some water. Then pass through muslin cloth to obtain the extract. :) :)
- 7 years ago
Habshi is the Urdu equivalent of Negro."The halwa is as kaala (black) as a habshi,” says Firoz Ahmed, a portly man sitting behind the glass counter at Haneef Doodhwalla, a mithai shop. Ahmed’s father, Haji Mohammed Haneef, founded it in 1948 in a dark alley in Ballimaran. It’s a Shahjahanabad neighborhood lined with stores selling made-in-China shades and Agra-made shoes. The area is noted for being the final address of Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib.
While it also sells buffalo milk and yogurt, Haneef Doodhwalla is best known for habshi halwa, a sticky sweetmeat made in the less hot season, from October to March.Recipe for this dish is as follows:
* 4 cups dry milk
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup butter or 1 cup oil
* 2 cups milk (regular)
* 1 cup chopped almonds or 1 cup walnuts or 1 cup pecans
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.Use a very large pot so this does not boil over.
3.Mix all ingredients except nuts.
4.Put in pot and put in the oven for 45 minutes.
6.Prepare a dish with grease or wax paper.
7.Put in the prepared dish and decorate with nuts.
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- GaneshLv 57 years ago
There could be two possibilities for it to be named Habshi. One, it's dark appearance , and two, it may have been introduced by , or somehow associated with the "Habshis"
The word Habshi has it's origins in Arabic/Persian and it has been incorporated into several other languages. It basically describes a black person , quite literally the one who comes from "Habash" (Ethiopia) , it was one of the words used at the time to refer to the African slaves who were brought to work in the Indian subcontinent and possibly a large number of them came from Ethiopia but the word came to be used for all Africans in general. So, either the "Habshis" introduced the peculiar halwa in the middle east which was later introduced in the subcontinent , or it was directly brought to the subcontinent by them. Because interestingly even the word Halwa (sweetmeat) is of Arabic origin which again finds place in many languages.
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