Traditional confinement foods: Recipe for Mandua ka halwa

Traditional confinement foods: Recipe for Mandua ka halwa

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.


  • 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


  • 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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