Rajgira Aata Halwa, also known as Amaranth Flour Halwa or Sheera, is a traditional Indian sweet pudding made with amaranth flour (rajgira aata), ghee, and sweeteners such as sugar or jaggery. It is often consumed during religious fasts as it is made with ingredients that are allowed during fasting. Amaranth flour is a good source of protein and minerals, and is considered a healthy alternative to traditional wheat flour.
Here is a basic recipe for making Rajgira Aata Halwa:
- 1 cup Rajgira flour (amaranth flour)
- 1/2 cup ghee
- 1 cup sugar or jaggery
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp cardamom powder
- 1/4 cup chopped mixed nuts (cashews, almonds, pistachios)
- In a pan, add ghee and roast the Rajgira flour until it turns fragrant and slightly golden in color.
- In a separate pan, bring the water to a boil and add sugar or jaggery to it, stirring until it dissolves.
- Add the sugar or jaggery water to the pan with the roasted Rajgira flour and stir well to combine.
- Add cardamom powder and stir for a minute.
- Add the chopped mixed nuts and stir for a minute.
- Remove from heat and transfer the halwa to a serving dish.
- Serve hot or chilled as per preference.
Note: You can adjust the amount of sweetener as per your taste preference. You can also add other ingredients like saffron or rose water for added flavor and aroma. You can also use condensed milk instead of regular milk to make it more creamy and thick.