I am not an Atta Halwa fan, but the one that is served as gurudwara prasad is just out of the world. It has a unique texture. Not ignoring the fact that it is a prasad, so it has some divine element to it. It is made with a lot of love and devotion. It is unfair to call it shear atta halwa. If we try to make Kada Prasad using regular atta, it just doesn't reach there. So, getting something close to the Gurudwara prasad, we need to shake up things a bit.
For making a perfect Kada Prasad one needs the perfect flour. In India, one can easily get coarsely ground wheat flour, made especially for Halwa and other sweet recipes.
But here in the USA, I had a difficult time finding it. Sometimes getting the most simple things becomes difficult.
Using a combination of flours to make Kada Prasad
The Laddu Atta that is sold here is very coarse, and the end result looks like a Daliya Halwa ( steel cut oats Halwa). So, over the time I have made multiple attempts to come up with the perfect Kada Prashad. And guess what? I have come up with a perfect recipe that works.
I have used a combination of Atta (whole wheat flour), Laddu besan ( coarse chickpea flour), and Laddu Atta ( coarse whole wheat flour). And trust me the end result is very similar to gurudwara Kada Prasad. Living here in the USA I really missed it. But now, as I have a perfect recipe for it, I can simply create it in my kitchen. And so can you.
Just like most of my recipes, this one is also a small volume recipe. I like to make desserts in small quantities. Indulgence is nice but we need to put a conscious leash on it for our own health and well-being.
This is low fat and low sugar recipe.
This recipe will make 4 small servings or two large servings. You can always scale the recipes according to your family size.
I am not using any nuts in this one, just some freshly grated coconut. You can use nuts of your choice.
Also, I am using less sugar, but you can definitely scale it up as per your taste.
- ⅓ cup Whole wheat flour Atta
- ¼ cup Coarse chickpea flour Laddu Besan
- ¼ cup Coarse whole wheat flour Laddu Atta
- ½ cup Sugar
- ⅓ cup + 1 tbsp Ghee
- ¼ cup Freshly grated coconut
- Into a heavy bottom pan, add ⅓ cup of ghee. Melt the ghee at low flame.
- As ghee melts, add coarse whole wheat flour ( Ladu Besan).
- Roast the flour on a low-medium heat for about 7-8 minutes.
- Now add the rest of the two types of flour. Roast on low -medium flame while stirring continuously.
- Roast the Atta mixture till it turns brownish and highly aromatic.
- In a separate saucepan add sugar and 2 cups of water to make a syrup. Bring the syrup to a boil and turn off the flame.
- When the flour mixture has browned, add the sugar syrup in two batches. Add the first half and mix quickly and firmly to prevent any lump formation. Now add the rest of the syrup and mix carefully.
- Cover, and let it cook until Kada Prasad starts to comes together and gets thick.
- Then add 1 tablespoon of ghee and mix well. Ghee will be quickly absorbed into the Halwa.
- Keep cooking at low flame till it starts to leave ghee from sides.
- Turn off the flame, and add freshly grated coconut.
- Mix well and remove into a bowl. Serve hot.
- This recipe will make 4 small servings or two large servings. You can always scale the recipes according to your family size.
- This is a less sugar recipe, but you can definitely scale it up as per your taste.