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.
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:
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.
For more industry information, health research and recipe ideas, please visit www.walnuts.org.