Tuesday 30 October 2012

Tomato Halwa / Thakkali Alwa - No Ghee Recipe

How about a sweet and rich dessert without ghee? some may say its impossible to get a dessert done without ghee but that's what we are going to discuss about today, a very delicious yet easy to make ghee-less tomato halwa a festive special or a normal day today dessert, fits both themes. Although almost all of us love the flavor of ghee, some have an aversion to its aroma and flavor, for such people this will be a great treat. You need very few ingredients to prepare this awesome tasting and delectable dessert. Though I have not used ghee here, it still tastes great and rich and perfectly suits your festive mood. It has a sweet flavor with a mild tangy flavor. I love tomatoes in any form they make your curries rich and tasty gives a nice texture and color to whatever recipes you add them to, be it chunky pieces of toppings for pizza or pureed tomatoes for masala, they make the recipe look and taste great and they are also very healthy. Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants which fights against cancer and also helps reduce cholesterol level; vitamins A & C, and many other minerals, when cooked the tomatoes release more lycopene an antioxidant, so try adding more tomatoes in curries and gravies, include them in your day today cooking. They say that tomatoes can help make you look fairer too am sure many must have loved this tip. Choose bright red colored tomatoes for cooking this contains more lycopene and Vitamins. Now lets move on to the recipe, do try sometime am sure you will love this halwa. 

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Serve 1 to 2 people
Total Preparation Time - 30 to 40 minutes
  1. Tomato - 4 (medium sized)
  2. Sugar - According to the tomatoes used (See preparation method, step 2) 
  3. Lemon juice - 2 spoons 
  4. Cardamom pods - 3 
  5. Corn flour - 1 spoon (2 grams) 
  6. Red food color - A pinch  (Optional)


  • Add all the tomatoes into a blender and grind well. Do not add even a drop of water. 
  • Now take the necessary amount of sugar. If you get 1 cup of tomato paste, use 
    ¾ cup of sugar. Use the same cup to measure. 
  • Now heat a pan and pour the tomato paste, add crushed cardamom pods (or cardamom powder) and sugar into it and stir well on a low flame. 
  • Keep stirring until it thickens slightly. This may take upto 20 minutes. 
  • Now to a cup add a spoon of corn flour and two spoons of water and mix well. Add this mixture into the pan and stir well. 
  • Then add the red food color and lemon juice and stir well. 
  • Keep stirring until it thickens well and gets the halwa consistency. It will be neither too thick nor too watery. If you keep on stirring to make it more thick it will become hard like toffee. 
  • As soon as it reaches the halwa consistency remove from flame and serve after it cools down!! 

TIP 1: Adding lemon juice gives a mild tangy flavor that makes the halwa taste too good. 

TIP 2: Tomato paste - 1 cup; Sugar ¾ cup; This is the best proportion for making tomato halwa 

TIP 3: Instead of adding the whole paste you can also strain the juice and use it for making halwa. The seeds in the tomatoes may give a disturbing flavor for some so if you do not want them just strain the juice discard the pulp and make halwa. Measure the juice and add equal quantities of sugar.

TIP 4: You can also add 2 spoons of ghee to make it even more yummier and flavorful. Also you can roast few cashews in ghee and then add them to the halwa just few minutes before you remove halwa from flame. 

TIP 5: Use ripe tomatoes to get the best flavor.

TIP 6: Keep stirring to avoid burning and also to get a perfect consistency.

Delicious and Delectable Tomato Halwa is now ready!! Try this for festive seasons or as day today desserts, you will love it!!
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  1. What a tempting color,Divya..yummy clicks:)
    I too posted a hlawa recipe today,check it out wen u find tym:)
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  2. What an idea? Halwa with a tomato. Looks yum

  3. Hey we make it like a Chutney at my home, just keeping the amount of Sugar a little lesser than this.. Love the tangy flavour anyways.. :)

  4. love tomato...will definitely try this divs

  5. Delicious tomato halwa new to me.

  6. Tempting and delicious Halwa.. Love the color..

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  7. Love that colour, never tried a tomato halwa before.. must look into this!

  8. Love the color...looking so delicious Divya...

  9. Beautiful and Never heard of Tomato Halwa...:)
    But love to try :)

  10. beautiful clicks divya

  11. lovely pic...it must be very delicious....

  12. Halwa using tomato... Wow.... Love ur clicks and all ur post... Glad to follow u....

  13. Nice recipe and yummy clicks Divya.

  14. Something different :-)
    Nice clicks !!!!!

  15. totally new thing for me divs

    never thought tomato wud also make a halwa

  16. It looks nice, must have tasted good.

  17. that must have been one tasty experience-loved the blend of flavours in it ! good one

  18. hi divya, never seen this beautiful dessert before. looks yummy. have a nice day

  19. Never thought of making halwa with tomatoes! This is a unique recipe. Have to give this a try. Awesome!!

  20. Hey Divy what an innovation really so awesome dear... kalakurae Divy!!!

  21. Every Bakrid, we get this halwa with mutton briyani from our Muslim neighbour,makes me nostalgic Divya..Well done.

  22. Divy, this is new to me...looks very yummy

  23. what a unique recipe Divs, samme cute :) i never saw this post... wish i can taste this now... love it

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  24. reminds me of my mom ....she used to do this a lot to spread it over bread...very nice and colorful clicks...
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  25. new to me... will try this yummy jam. hubby will love it

  26. Briyani with this halwa,OMG it taste will be divine!!

  27. my aunt makes similar halwa during ramzan time.. reminds me of that :)

  28. This looks interesting. No one around here thinks to use tomato for a sweet. But I will try it!

  29. New to me..looks awesome..i would like to have it right away...

  30. yummy clicks... and awesome recipe :)

  31. lovely halwa.

  32. now i know y they say tomato a fruit :) nice clicks divya :) n yummy looking halwa :)


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