Bread halwa came to my mind when I saw few leftover bread slices in my kitchen.I am making this easy halwa recipe for the second time.First time I tried bread halwa without milk by adding sugar syrup and ghee.It was good in taste but not so rich.Then I watched few bread halwa video recipes where they added khoya or condensed milk instead of milk. I felt that If I had added Khova/mawa, the taste would have been much better. But this time I prepared bread halwa with milk and followed a different procedure as Khoya is not easily available in my place. I will make a post adding khoya soon. For this recipe, I followed Tarla Dalal and used less milk & ghee when compared to other bread halwa recipes on net.It came out really well and satisfied my expectancy.Its process and making is so easy.I am sure its a rich, quick, Indian style dessert recipe made with easily available ingredients to serve your surprise guests and a good choice to use leftover dried bread slices.Kids would love it for sure.You should eat it hot or warm to enjoy its real taste. If you want to make a super rich and tasty bread halwa, you can deep fry the bread pieces in ghee just like double ka meetha or add ground cashew+ badam paste to the halwa.For variations, you can try this halwa with rusk and bread crumbs too. But adjust the quantity of milk and sugar. Ok, Lets see how to make bread halwa recipe with step by step images and a video.
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Milk bread slices – 6 nos ( I used Spencers bread)
Sugar – 4 tbsp
Milk – 1/2 cup
Cashews and badam - a fistful ( chopped)
Melted Ghee – 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
Take 6 slices of milk bread ( I used 3 days old bread) and chop into small pieces roughly. Grind to a fine powder. Set aside in a bowl. ( Do not use too soft n fresh bread. You can't powder it.In that case, microwave it for a minute and then powder it.)
Heat 1/4 cup of ghee in a kadai. Roast sliced cashews and badam till golden brown. Remove in a plate.
To the remaining ghee, add the powdered bread.Roast well for 2-3 minutes till you get roasted aroma. To this, add 1/2 cup of milk and 4 tbsp of sugar. Mix well till sugar melts and milk is absorbed by the bread. Mixture will become thick and wet. ( If you feel the mixture is too dry, add little more milk Say 2 tbsp) Cover and cook the mixture for 2 minutes.
After 2-3 minutes, open the lid.Mix well and add cardamom powder, roasted nuts. Keep mixing till the mixture becomes thick, shiny and starts to leave traces of ghee in the sides of pan. It will be non-sticky to touch. Transfer to a bowl and serve hot OR press the halwa to make shape. Invert in a plate and serve warm or cold. Remember, this halwa tastes the best when served hot /warm.
No need to remove the sides of bread.The color of this halwa looks brown as I din’t remove the sides. If you remove the sides, the color of halwa may slightly change.
Add more sugar according to your taste buds.
Do not reduce the quantity of ghee. It may change the flavor and consistency.
Instead of adding roasted nuts, you can try adding cashew + badam paste along with sugar to get more richness.