Apple Halwa

  • 2 fresh kashmiri apples
  • 1 cup semolina
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup ghee
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom seeds
  • 10-15 strands saffron
  • to garnish
  • 10 blanched and halved almonds
  • 10 pistachios slivered
  • silver foil (optional)
  • 5-6 neatly cut slices of apple
  • Rub saffron in a tsp. of water, keep aside. Crush cardamom seeds coarsely, keep aside.
  • Melt ghee in a heavy pan. Add semolina, stir and cook on low flame.
  • Boil 3 cups water, side by side. Grate peeled apples, just before adding.
  • Semolina should give out an aroma and become light pink in colour.
  • Add half the boiling water and apples to semolina. Take care not to allow water to scald you hand.
  • Big bubbles will form soon as water is pour. Stir using a long handled spatula. When well mixed, gradually add some more water. Mix, and allow water to be absorbed.
  • Now add sugar, cardamom, saffron, mix. Stir gently and cook till sugar dissolves completely.
  • It is ready once ghee starts separating on sides. Pour into serving dish, garnish with silver foil,apple slices.
  • Sprinkle pistas, almonds, serve hot and soft.

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