Street Food - Halwa

August 03, 2012 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Street Food - Halwa

Also Known As:
Halwa, Halawa, Haleweh, Helwa, Halvah, Halava, Helava, Helva, Halua,
Karachi Halwa, Halwa Karachi, Sooji Halwa, Halwa Sooji, Suji Halwa, Halwa Suji,
Gajar Halwa, Halwa Gajar, Mung Halwa, Halwa Mung, Kashi Halwa, Halwa Kashi



Average Price Per Serving:
SGD $1 - $3



Description:
Halwa is a name that refers to a huge variety of dense, sweet confectionery, popular throughout the regions of India, North Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Although there are easily hundreds of different types of Halwa, they only fall into 2 broad catergories; Flour based, or Nut Butter based.


In Singapore, Halwa is mostly known as an Indian dessert / sweet, and most commonly refers to Karachi Halwa / Halwa Karachi, which originated from either Bombay / Mumbai, North India, or Sindh, Pakistan.

Karachi Halwa / Halwa Karachi is a sticky, slightly gelatinous, flour based Halwa, made with sugar, water, clarified butter (Ghee), semolina / corn flour and powdered cardamom.

To give this Halwa its distinct orange colour and citrus taste, edible orange food colouring, orange juice and lime juice is added. Furthermore, this type of Halwa usually includes 1 or 2 types of chopped nuts, normally cashew, almond, pistachio or walnut. Some hawkers also include raisins.

Karachi Halwa / Halwa Karachi is often served as a large cube, and being extremely sweet (exactly how Indians like it!), it may be difficult to consume in one sitting. Some people will choose to share the Halwa instead.

In India, one of the most common types of Halwa is Sooji Halwa / Halwa Sooji / Suji Halwa / Halwa Suji, a flour based Halwa. It is made with sugar, water, clarified butter (Ghee), semolina and powdered cardamom, and garnished with 1 or 2 types of chopped nuts, normally cashew, almond or pistachio. Some hawkers also include raisins, whole milk or grated coconut.

Sooji Halwa / Halwa Sooji / Suji Halwa / Halwa Suji is often shaped as a small circle, and is light brown / brown in colour. It has the consistency of a soft cookie, almost similar to a thick grainy paste, and is extremely sweet.


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Despite the numerous varieties of Halwa, this Indian dessert / sweet is only sold in a few varieties in Singapore.

These are the top 3 stalls which I feel serve the best Halwa in Singapore.


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Sakunthala's
@ 66 Race Course Road
Opening Hours: 11am - 11pm Daily

@ 151 Dunlop Street
Opening Hours: 11am - 11pm Daily

@ 88 Syed Alwi Road #01-01
Opening Hours: 11am - 3am Daily



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Sri Kamala Vilas Restaurant
@ 662 Buffalo Road #01-16
Opening Hours: 7am - 9.30pm Daily



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Moghul Sweet Shop
@ Little India Arcade 48 Serangoon Road #01-16
Opening Hours: 11am - 11pm Daily



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