Traditional confinement foods: Recipe for Mandua ka halwa

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An easy to prepare dish and popularly available in Garhwal, mandua ka halwa is easily one of the favoured traditional confinement foods

Finger millet or mandua is a good laxative and is, therefore, very good for digestion. It is also rich in fibre, iron, calcium, protein and other essential nutrients required to help a new mum gain energy and heal faster. Its halwa is traditionally made in the Kumaon and Garhwal regions of India.

Ingredients

  • Finger millet flour 1 cup
  • Ghee ½ cup
  • Water 150ml
  • Sugar or jaggery ¼ cup
  • Dry ginger powder ¼ tsp
  • Powdered carom seeds ½ tsp
  • Cardamom powder- pinch
  • Dried melon and pumpkin seeds (magaz) ¼ cup
  • Dry fruits for garnishing

Method

  • Take a heavy bottomed kadai and heat some ghee in a it. Now add the finger millet flour (mandua atta) and roast on medium flame. Do this till the millets turn golden brown and separate from the ghee.
  • Next, add some ajwain powder and saunth. Stir the mixture for a five to seven minutes. Now add sugar or jaggery and mix well. Finally, pour all the water and mix.
  • Cook this mixture till it thickens into a halwa. Garnish the mix with dry fruits or fruits and a pinch of cardamom powder.

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj

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