My grandmother was an amazing cook and growing up her atta ka halwa was something the family looked forward to. Halwa was usually made on special occasions like the birthday of Guru Nanak (the 1st Sikh Guru), it was offered as Prasad (a religious offering of food to the Gods). When I was a child I remember standing outside my grandmother’s prayer room eagerly waiting for her to finish, so that I could finally get some halwa. Atta ka halwa is a type of pudding made with equal parts of ghee, sugar, and wheat flour. It’s rich, decadent, and easy to make.
The relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is extremely special. Grandparents provide unconditional love, valuable life lessons, and a sense of security. In India, I lived in a joint family house with my paternal grandparents who played a huge role in my life. My grandparents were very loving and nurturing. My grandfather passed away when I was quite young, so most of my memories are of my grandmother.
My paternal grandmother or dadi as I used to call her was very dignified, strong, and a wonderful role model. She and I shared a very close bond. I loved spending time with her as a child, we would make snacks together for her tea parties, watch Indian soap operas, she taught me knitting (which I am terrible at) and etc. Even after moving to America, I would often talk to her on the phone because I missed her. When, I finally went back to India for a visit after eight long years I spent all my time just with her.
My dadi went through a lot in her life, but I never once heard her complain. She would always look at the bright side of things in life and move forward. She suffered from a bad lung infection for a long time and her doctors were always amazed at how she kept going and they attributed that to her positive attitude. I remember even on days that she was quite unwell, she would just tough it out with a smile on her face.
Through watching her and how she conducted herself in life, I learnt so many invaluable life lessons. Even though she passed away years ago, I still think of her a lot and I am grateful that I have so many beautiful memories to remember her by.
Whenever I make this atta ka halwa it instantly reminds of me of my grandmother and my childhood. My brothers and I used to get into physical fights over who would get the last bites of halwa, this recipe is that good. The key to making a good atta ka halwa is to properly toast the flour and ghee mixture till it’s a deep golden color with a nutty aroma. Then you simply stir in the sugar, add the hot water, and keep stirring till the mixture comes together. This halwa should be served immediately and eaten hot.
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