Custard Powder Halwa – Guest post for Aruna Panangipally’s blog Aharam


Ever since I started blogging I adore Aruna’s work. I was delighted when I got an offer from her for a guest post.

First thing I liked about her blog is her blog name “Aharam” – what a perfect name for a food blog and the way she tells the interesting fact about the food in the Intro for each post

Aharam has a wide spread of Indian and International recipes.

If I say Indian does it justify her work?


South Indian and North Indian?


State wise?

Yessss, if I start  specifying all the categories that she has covered, I am sure this post will go Endless

Looking for a festive recipe, low calorie recipe, no oil recipe etc. every search  has a result in her space

I can continue writing about her, but guess its time to hear from Aruna and visit her blog


Few words from Aruna about her space

I have been interested in cooking and collecting recipes for as long as I can remember.  In fact, it is something I imbibed from my grandmother, mother and aunts, all of whom were very interested in trying out new dishes. 🙂

ãhãram, my blog, is my attempt to catalog the recipes I love, be they recipes that are inherited or then those that I have learnt. My blog features pre-dominantly vegetarian recipes (with some egg-based recipes thrown in) from across India. You will find that I have loads of recipes from South India reflecting my ancestry (particularly, Andhra Pradesh, my native state) and those from Maharashtra, the state I grew up in. In addition, I have recipes from across other states of India and the world, reflecting my love for travel and new cultures. 🙂

You can follow Aruna on:

I was so pleased when Vidya agreed to do a guest post for me because I knew I would get “something different”, a term I hear often in my home. 🙂

Visit Aruna’s space for Custard Powder Halwa recipe

Custard Powder Halwa 

Preparation time: 3 mins | Cooking time: 20 mins


Custard powder – 1 cup (I used Vanilla Flavor)

Sugar – 2 cups + ½ cup (I used light brown sugar, white sugar can also be used. Adjust sugar according to your sweetness)

Water – 4 cups

Butter/Ghee – 3 tbsp (I used butter)

Cashew nuts and Raisin – for taste

Saffron – 1/8 tsp

Salt – a pinch

Cardamom powder – 1/8 tsp


  • Add a tbsp of butter to pan and when it melts and becomes hot, add cashew nut and sauté till they are golden brown. Switch off and add raisin; keep aside
  • Grease a pan with melted butter/ghee and keep aside
  • In a mixing bowl add custard powder, water, saffron,sugar, salt and cardamom powder; mix well without any lumps


  • Take a heavy bottomed pan (I used non-stick) and transfer the mixture to the pan. Keep the pan on the stove and start cooking in high flame
  • The mixture will come to boil and start to thicken, Keep stirring till it became glossy and jelly like texture


  • Add remaining butter, cashew nuts and raisin; mix well and reduce the flame. Keep stirring continuously till the mixture  begins pulling away from the sides


  • Transfer the halwa to the greased pan and level the top. Chill it for an hour and cut them
  • Check out my other custard powder reccpe,Custard Powder Cookies


  • Food color can be added
  • Halwa stays good for a week in fridge
  • Any nuts of choice can be added



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35 thoughts on “Custard Powder Halwa – Guest post for Aruna Panangipally’s blog Aharam

  1. Suroopa February 27, 2015 at 9:06 PM Reply

    Always wanted to make this halwa…..the recipe is soo simple n the dish awesome…..everybody loved it!

    • Traditionally Modern Food February 27, 2015 at 9:44 PM Reply

      Glad to hear that you all liked it.. Suroopa, thanks for trying and dropping your comment:-)

  2. Sundari February 26, 2015 at 10:23 AM Reply

    Yum! Yum! My fav since childhood!!

  3. veenashankar February 25, 2015 at 6:22 PM Reply

    Looks yum perfect texture

  4. Framed Recipes February 25, 2015 at 5:10 PM Reply

    Delicous Halwa, Vidya. Will definitley check out Aruna’s website too. 🙂

  5. Anu Nagaraja February 25, 2015 at 4:11 PM Reply

    lovely ! looks so tempting too 🙂

  6. Rani Vijoo February 25, 2015 at 4:00 PM Reply

    It looks super yummy…. Love it..

  7. […] Traditionally Modern Food, Aruna  Panangipally from Aharam. Aruna is not new to TMF, remember  Custard Powder Halwa that’s for her lovely blog. First time I am having a guest in my space and I am so happy its […]

  8. Padma February 8, 2015 at 11:41 AM Reply

    Wonderful recipe dear..I’m going to give it a try:)

  9. Priya Shiva February 8, 2015 at 5:25 AM Reply

    lovely guest post dear. Halwa looks delicious!

  10. Francesca Trucco February 8, 2015 at 3:16 AM Reply

    Thanks for sharing with us Aruna socials 😃 have a Nice Sunday,Francesca 🍩🍣🍱🍜🍪🎂🍧🍫🍫🍮🍳🍲🍦🍨🍚🍉🍑🍊🍋🌽🍍🍐🍒

  11. swathi February 7, 2015 at 1:23 PM Reply

    Custard powder halwa looks delicious Vidya.

  12. Amanda February 7, 2015 at 11:55 AM Reply

    This looks so good and unique. Wow. A perfect bite.

  13. Malar February 6, 2015 at 11:10 AM Reply

    A very lovely recipe for Aruna 🙂 Will try this sometime Vidya!!!

  14. Aruna Panangipally February 6, 2015 at 5:32 AM Reply

    Thank you so so much for this wonderful post, Vidya!

  15. LifestyleswithLia February 6, 2015 at 4:49 AM Reply

    Lovely post! Thank you for introducing us to Aruna! I love your guest posts… It’s like a big party and we are all invited!
    Halwa looks delicious!!

    • Traditionally Modern Food February 6, 2015 at 2:18 PM Reply

      Thanku:-) Do visit her space, Aruna has got lot of delicious recipes

      • LifestyleswithLia February 6, 2015 at 8:01 PM

        Thank you! I’ve checked her out and looks delicious all around !

      • Traditionally Modern Food February 7, 2015 at 9:34 PM


  16. Chitra Jagadish February 6, 2015 at 3:20 AM Reply

    Wow this resembles karachi/ Bombay halwa- sounds crazy good dear…

  17. coconutcraze February 6, 2015 at 12:49 AM Reply

    Love this!

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