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Aval Kesari Recipe - Poha Halwa Recipe

A quick and easy South Indian halwa recipe made with poha, sugar and ghee. Krishnashtami special recipe
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: South Indian
Keyword: authentic, Indian Food, naivedyam
Servings: 2
Author: Hari Chandana Ponnaluri


  • 1/2 cup Poha
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 8 Cashewnuts
  • 8 Raisins


  • Dry roast the poha over a low-medium flame for 3-4 minutes and let it cool completely.
  • Grind the roasted beaten rice into a coarse powder.
  • Heat two tablespoons of ghee in a pan and add the cashews. Fry until light golden color.
  • Add raisins to it and continue roasting till golden brown color. Remove them from the pan and set aside.
  • In the same ghee, add the ground beaten rice / poha and roast for 2 - 3 minutes.
  • Pour 1 cup of hot water to the roasted poha and mix well without any lumps.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of ghee to it and mix well.
  • Keep stirring and cook until the mixture is thick and poha is completely cooked.
  • Add sugar, cardamom powder and food color or saffron to and mix well.
  • Keep stirring and cook for about 5-8 minutes or till you get the halwa consistency.
  • When the mixture thickens and leaves the sides of the pan, add the fried cashews and raisins and combine well.
  • Remove from the flame and serve warm or cold.