Friday, April 23, 2010

Baked Fig Halwa

This was one seriously gorgeous looking dessert I had seen in the magazine Bangalore Food Lovers some time back. Bangalore foodies- Do definitely check out this magazine if you haven't yet. Its got restaurant reviews, recipes and gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous food pictures. Awesome eye candy for any foodie.

I love figs, both fresh and dried, and this was one to be definitely tried. My mother-in-law had sent lots of fresh figs from Bellary and here came my opportunity to try out Baked Fig Halwa. The halwa tasted great topped with the reduced milk and hubby loved the dessert. Now on to the recipe..

Fresh figs - 400 grams
Sugar - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
Almond Flakes - 3 tsp
Ghee -1 tbsp
Milk 1/2 ltr
Pistachios, blanched, peeled and sliced - 4 tsp
Green cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Method: Boil the milk and 1 tbsp sugar till the milk is reduced to less than half the original consistency. It should be very thick as it should not flow on to the sides of the dish(like mine did). Peel and mash the figs. Choose figs which are just about ripe or you will end up with a very gooey mass when u mash them.

In a saucepan, cook the ghee and the mashed figs for five minutes. To this, add the 2 tablespoons sugar( vary according to the sweetness of figs and your taste), green cardamom powder and cook for a few more minutes. Add the almond flakes, pistachios and take the halwa off the fire. The color of the halwa refused to look as good as it did in the magazine, so I added some food color. But the color turned a deeper shade when baked.

Portion the cooked figs in individual oven proof bowls(Choose a wide bowl to put the halwa in for better visual appeal) and top with a little of the reduced milk. Then bake under a grill (at about 200 degrees C) until the milk turns golden brown. Serve hot. I had refrigerated it after baking it as I wanted hubby to see it. It was very refreshing to eat it chilled too.

This is also my entry to  Priya's Cooking With cardamom Seeds Event


Anonymous said...

I love figs, both the fresh fruit, and the dry-fruit! And it goes without saying that your halwa is too tempting for someone like me!! :) Looks great! Can I trade one piece of the cake for some of this? Lol :) Im being too greedy now, aren't I? :) :)

Jayanthy Kumaran said...


I can't take my eyes from the click..So cute. Good try da.

Priya Suresh said...

Such a catchy halwa, never baked halwas..Very interesting post Suma..

M D said...

I have Figs and condensed milk in my fridge. I have least patience to wait till milk reduces, so short cut therapy! I would love to make this dessert. Love Halwas and this is the best way to use them. :)

Prema said...

nice halwa,mouthwatering.never baked halwas before.gr8.

Unknown said...

wow figs halwa!!gr8 suma it looks so mouthwatering:)

shahana said...

Sounds new to me.Thanks for sharing!

Veggie Hut said...

thats very new to me!! looks delicious..

Malar Gandhi said...

Wow, awesome...looks very yummmilious...never heard of any fig preparation so far, this is so nice...thanks for sharing the recipe:)

SathyaSridhar said...

wooow dear,,sounds new to me never tried halwa in figs..ur's came out perfect n nice..

Simplyfood said...

Lovely halwa it looks delicious and mouthwatering.