Indian sweets are mainly associated with festivals and offerings to god. Indian calendar is filled with festivals and no month passes without association to god. Here is one such sweet which is the highlight in both Hindu and Muslim religious events.
A tough one to prepare, the sweet is worth the efforts when made with care. The North Indian sweet is available in quarter, half and one kilogram variations, in Opportunity Infinity online store. Buy Bombay Karachi Halwa online at rupees 550 per kg.
The chewy Bombay Karachi Halwa, as the name suggests, links the sweetmeat with the Pakistani city. Halwa traces its origin with Persia and Middle East. It was sold by Sindhi in Mumbai. Hence Bombay found its way to Karachi Halwa’s name. Halwai was an Indian community which engages in making and selling sweets and confectioneries. Since the sweet was sold by Punjabi Chandu Halwai Karachiwala, whose Karachi shop was incepted in 1896, the name Karachi Halwa as derived.
Karachi Halwa is made with corn flour, butter and sugar, apart from dry fruits added to it. While saffron gives natural orange colour, artificial green, orange and brown colours are added. It is a laborious task which involves hours of stirring the brew in kadai, till the sticky consistency is arrived. Owing to hours of stirring in fire, the vessel and the ladle have to be of heavy weight as well.
Unlike other wheat halwa, wheat milk is not extracted in Karachi Halwa.
This Halwa has a unique chewy, gummy and gelatin texture. The Diwali delight is found in most of the Indian sweet shops and in online stores. The shelf life of the non milk sweet is maximum one month. The Karachi dessert, obviously, is seen in Eid and Ramadan platter as well.