Monday, September 30, 2013

ABC Halwa

“A” for apple, “B” for banana, “C” for carrot - No, I am not teaching you the English alphabets. In fact, these are the three main ingredients for this “halwa” and hence the name ABC Halwa.

Though I got this recipe some months back from a cookery show on one of the TV channels, I decided to try this out now as a celebration – for your info, “Ladle Brush and Spade” completes four years this September. It was four glorious years of blogging.  I enjoyed every bit of it and I owe it to you all for making it possible and in the process, I made a lot of new friends. I thank each one of you for your continued support and encouragement.

By the way, the halwa turned out very delicious. This is not just my opinion but also that of my family members and neighbour. Besides, it disappeared from the plate within minutes of serving!



Apple (peeled and cubed) 1/2 cup
Carrot (peeled and grated) 1/2 cup
Banana (peeled) 1 small
Milk 1-2 tbsps
Sugar 1/2 cup
Ghee 1 tbsp
Cashews (chopped) 6-8
Cardamom powder 1 tsp


  1. Grind together cubed apple and grated carrot alongwith a tablespoon of milk.
  2. Then add banana and grind again to a smooth paste.
  3. Heat a non-stick kadai or pan and pour the ground mixture into it. Add sugar and stir well keeping the flame low.
  4. Then add ghee and stir it. Keep on stirring time and again so as to avoid the mixture from sticking at the bottom of the vessel.
  5. When the mixture starts leaving the sides of the vessel, add chopped cashews and continue stirring till all the moisture has been evaporated and the whole mixture turns into one solid mass.
  6. Finally add the cardamom powder and mix well and remove from flame.
  7. Slide the entire mixture onto a greased plate and spread it evenly with the back of a greased spoon/spatula.
  8. Allow it to cool and when completely cooled, cut it into squares and store it in an air-tight container.

Apple- peeled and cubed, banana peeled, and  carrot grated

All the fruits with milk ground to a paste

Sugar added to the fruit mixture
The mixture turned into a solid mass after 35-40 mins

The halwa spread on a greased plate and left to cool

Preparation time : 20 mins
Cooking time : 35-40 mins
Makes : 16 pieces


  • The banana variety used here is the small one which is called "Yelakki" in Karnataka and "Elaichi" in Maharashtra.
  • In the original recipe, the halwa was served hot with ice-cream and was not cut into pieces.


  1. Awesome halwa and very interesting name.

    today's post:

  2. fantastic.. Wish to have them right away!

  3. Wow! What a clever creation!! Well done!

  4. Very attractive and delicious halwa.

  5. i bet this is one d creative n tasty halwa...

  6. Halwa looks great, perfect for the occasion, keep going..

  7. Very healthy and delicious halwa..super yummy.

  8. This halwa sounds nice and delicious Shobha.. Will have to try it sometime soon.. Also, please collect your Versatile blogger and ABC award from me,

  9. Congrats on the blog's anniversary. Wish you many more years of blogging. And the halwa sounds so unique and delish. Loved its name too :)