Add 'Walnuts' to your Lives this Holi

Sweets are a must-have in all Indian festivals and what better way to indulge in the temptation than preparing it the healthy way. This Holi, welcome spring with a myriad of colors and nutty delicacies that is sure to leave a long-lasting impact on your near and dear ones. Prepare delicious easy to cook Holi desserts by using walnuts – an excellent source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) – the plant-based form of omega-3. Walnuts are also credited with offering a variety of antioxidants that may help to protect from certain chronic diseases of aging, including cardiovascular, neurological and anticarcinogenic ailments.



Walnut Halwa


When we talk of Holi- the festival of colours, it becomes imperative to savour in some traditional delights. So why not do it by showing that extra care for our loved ones and infusing walnuts in our ever so favorite Indian delicacies. Known for its usage and versatility, walnuts are sure to win every dessert lover’s heart. So this year, give your favorite Halwa a walnutty twist with California Walnuts by trying out this easy to cook Holi recipe below:


Walnut Halwa


250 gms California Walnut                               

80 gms Ghee                                                    

120 gms Milk Powder                                        

150 gms Milk                                                     

100 gms Sugar                                                   

100 gms Grated Khoya/Mawa (milk solids)   

0.5 tsp Green Cardamom Powder                  

Walnut Kernels for garnishing



  • Crush walnuts coarsely. Heat ghee in a non-stick pan, add crushed walnuts and sauté till fragrant.

  • Add milk solids, mix and continue to sauté. Add milk powder, mix well and continue to sauté.

  • Add milk and mix.

  • Add green cardamom powder and sugar and mix well and cook on medium heat till the mixture thickens to halwa (thick) consistency. Serve warm or cold garnished with walnut kernels.      


This healthy twist to the most savored halwa is sure to make you the ‘Star Chef of the House’. A delicacy like no other, Walnut Halwa is definitely going to add a contemporary touch to your Holi delicacies. So gear up to don your chef hat and enjoy a lip smacking dessert with your loved ones!


About California Walnut Commission

The California Walnut Commission, established in 1987, is funded by mandatory assessments of the growers. The Commission is an agency of the State of California that works in concurrence with the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). The CWC is mainly involved in health research and export market development activities.


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Source: NV1



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