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October 11, 2017

Bombay Karachi Halwa Recipe – Chewy Corn Flour Halwa Recipe With Video

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Long back I had shared a version of easy Bombay Karachi halwa / corn flour halwa as a beginners sweet. It tastes soft and slides in mouth. But recently I came across this chewy Bombay Karachi Halwa also known as Jelly halwa using the same ingredients but slightly different in procedure. The basic difference between soft halwa and chewy halwa (rubbery halwa) lies in the cooking time. Usually we remove the halwa as soon as it starts to release the ghee. 

For chewy halwa, we need to cook for more time even after it released the ghee. So this halwa takes some extra cooking time when compared with the easy corn flour halwa. Even though mine was not so rubbery, it was chewy and hard when compared with the soft version. However we make it, this is a no fail recipe.Tastes great and its a must have sweet for Diwali.

Any beginner can dare to try this recipe as it doesn’t need any sugar syrup consistency.  Just mixing and  continuous stirring is the only job here. Corn flour, sugar, cardamom powder and ghee are the major ingredients. To make this chewy Bombay halwa recipe, I watched some Sindhi halwa recipes and Classic masala hut video in Youtube for the ingredients and measurements. It came out really well as I wished. 

Actually I have divided the halwa mixture into two parts and tried it to know the difference in taste between soft halwa and chewy halwa.  So I have made orange colored halwa with soft texture and the yellow ones tastes slightly chewy. So this is a two in one recipe. You can try any based on your liking.

Its my long time dream to make Kerala Kozhikode halwa. After trying this recipe, I have got some ideas on how to make it. I hope I will try that soon. So now lets see how to make this most popular and delicious Bombay Karachi halwa recipe with step by step pictures and video ! I clicked the cover picture by arranging different colored halwa after getting tempted by some halwa pictures in Google.
Lets see how to make Bombay Halwa recipe with step by step pictures and video !

Do check out my version of soft n easy to cook corn flour halwa !

Bombay Karachi Halwa Recipe - Corn Flour Halwa

Bombay Karachi Halwa

How to make Bombay Karachi Halwa

North Indian
Halwa recipes
15 Pieces


Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • Corn flour OR Corn starch - 1 cup
  • Water - 2 cups (to dilute cornflour)
  • Sugar - 2.5 cups
  • Water - 1 cup (to melt sugar)
  • Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp + Water - 1/2 tsp
  • Food color - Orange Red & Yellow
  • Ghee - 3/4 cup OR Ghee - 1/2 cup + Refined oil - 1/4 cup
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Chopped nuts - a handful (I used cashews, badam and melon seeds)

How to make the recipe

  1. In a wide bowl, dilute corn flour adding water.
  2. In a kadai, dry roast nuts for a minute, remove in a plate.
  3. Add sugar & water, melt it.
  4. When the sugar syrup starts to boil,add corn flour mixture.
  5. Stir till it thickens.Add ghee at regular intervals.
  6. Mix till halwa starts to release ghee.Add cardamom powder, nuts and food color.Mix well.
  7. Remove in a greased plate, cut after it cools down. Enjoy !
  8. To make chewy corn flour halwa, you need to cook for another 20 minutes till ghee oozes out completely.!
  9. Remove in a greased plate, cut after it cools down. Enjoy !

Bombay Karachi halwa Recipe - Step by step photos

  • In a wide bowl, mix 1 cup of corn flour & 2 cups of water.Beat well to make it lumps free. It should resemble milk.Set aside.
  • In a good non-stick kadai, dry roast chopped cashews, badam and whole melon seeds for 2 minutes. Remove in a plate.Keep it aside.
    Bombay Karachi Halwa
  • In the same kadai, add 2.5 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water. Mix well in medium flame till sugar is melted completely. Add 1 tsp lemon juice and mix well.
    Bombay Karachi Halwa
  • When the sugar syrup comes to boil, add diluted corn flour by mixing it well because all the corn flour would be settled in the bottom of bowl.So mix well before adding to sugar syrup.
  • Keep the flame medium high and start mixing with a ladle. In 5 to 10 minutes,corn flour becomes a thick paste.
    Bombay Karachi Halwa
  • Reduce the flame to medium and start adding 1 tbsp ghee. Add 1 tbsp ghee and mix well. After all the ghee is absorbed by the halwa, add 1 tbsp ghee again.As you cook, halwa becomes pale yellow in color.
    Bombay Karachi Halwa
  • Halwa becomes glossy, leaves the pan completely and starts to rotate with the ladle.
  • At this stage, add cardamom powder and roasted nuts.Continue stirring and add 1 tbsp ghee.
    Bombay Karachi Halwa Recipe
  • At one stage, halwa starts to release ghee in the sides. If you want soft halwa, you can remove at this stage to a greased bowl or bowl lined with butter paper.
  • I divided the halwa mixture into two parts to make both soft halwa and chewy halwa.I added orange food color to one. Mixed well and pour the mixture to the greased bowl.To serve as scoop of halwa in a bowl, you can serve it immediately before setting.
  • To make pieces, allow the halwa to cool down for 2 hours and then cut into pieces using a sharp knife.
    Bombay Karachi Halwa Recipe
  • I added yellow food color to another half of halwa mixture to make chewy halwa. For chewy halwa, you need to stir for another 20 to 30 minutes in medium to high flame till ghee comes out completely and halwa turns stretchy.The more time you cook, the more chewy and hard halwa would be. Mine was not so rubbery but it was chewy and hard when compared with soft version.
    Bombay Karachi Halwa Recipe
  • Actually I wanted to make both soft halwa and chewy halwa.So I divided the halwa mixture into two.Added yellow and orange food color to them. Mixed well and transferred orange colored halwa to the greased bowl and allowed to set it.
    Bombay Karachi Halwa Recipe
  • I cooked the yellow halwa for another 20 minutes adding 2 tbsp more ghee. All the ghee oozed out in the corner and middle of halwa. Drop some halwa in a plate and try to stretch it.If it stretches, halwa is ready. Then transfer to a greased bowl and allow it to set for 3 to 4 hours till its cooled down completely. It would be better if you set the halwa in an aluminium tray or bowl that is used for cakes because aluminum helps to withstand heat for long time and halwa becomes hard and chewy. Invert the halwa bowl onto a plate after its cooled down completely. Cut into pieces and enjoy. This halwa can be stored for one week without refrigeration.But keep in an air tight box.
    Bombay Karachi Halwa Recipe
    Bombay Karachi Halwa Recipe


  • Do not reduce the quantity of sugar and ghee.If you want, you can add more cooking oil and less ghee.
  • To make chewy halwa, you have to stir for long time till the halwa become stretchy.
  • You can add food color in the corn flour water or sugar syrup too. But I wanted to add 2 colors.So I cooked it without adding color and added at the end.
  • To make soft halwa, you have to remove it when it starts to release ghee in the sides of pan.

Try this easy, yummy Bombay halwa for this Diwali and Enjoy !
Bombay karachi halwa

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Rupa.A said...

Totally loved making it today. Wonderful recipe,
Thanks Chitra.

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for the feedback :)