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Caramelized Akhrot Ka Halwa Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 cup walnuts (akhrot), chopped
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup ghee
- 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
- 1/4 cup water
- Saffron strands, for garnish

Special Equipment Needed:
- Heavy-bottomed pan
- Wooden spoon
- Food processor or blender

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. In a heavy-bottomed pan, heat ghee over medium heat until melted.

2. Add chopped walnuts to the pan and stir continuously until they turn golden brown and release their aroma.

3. Add milk and heavy cream to the pan and stir well.

4. Add sugar to the pan and stir until it dissolves completely.

5. Add cardamom powder to the pan and stir well.

6. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer until it thickens and turns into a halwa-like consistency.

7. In a separate pan, heat water and sugar over medium heat until the sugar caramelizes and turns golden brown.

8. Add the caramelized sugar to the halwa mixture and stir well.

9. Remove the pan from heat and let it cool for a few minutes.

10. Transfer the halwa mixture to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

11. Garnish with saffron strands and serve warm.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Medium heat for cooking walnuts and low heat for simmering the halwa mixture.
Serving size:
This recipe serves 4-6 people.

Nutritional information:
Calories: 500
Fat: 35g
Carbohydrates: 45g
Protein: 8g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Almonds or cashews can be used instead of walnuts.
- Coconut cream can be used instead of heavy cream.
- Coconut sugar or honey can be used instead of white sugar.

- Add raisins or chopped dates for extra sweetness.
- Add a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon for extra flavor.

Tips and Tricks:
- Keep stirring the walnuts to prevent burning.
- Use a heavy-bottomed pan to prevent sticking.
- Adjust the sugar quantity according to your taste.

Storage Instructions:
Store the halwa in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating Instructions:
Reheat the halwa in a microwave or on the stovetop until warm.

Presentation Ideas:
Serve the halwa in small bowls or cups and garnish with saffron strands.

Saffron strands, chopped nuts, or edible silver leaf.

Serve the halwa with hot chai or coffee.

Suggested Side Dishes:
Papadums or naan bread.

Troubleshooting Advice:
- If the halwa is too thick, add more milk or cream.
- If the halwa is too thin, let it simmer for a few more minutes.

Food Safety Advice:
Make sure to use fresh ingredients and cook the halwa thoroughly.

Food History:
Akhrot ka halwa is a traditional Indian dessert that originated in the Mughal era.

Flavor Profiles:
The halwa has a rich and creamy texture with a nutty and caramelized flavor.

Serving Suggestions:
Serve the halwa as a dessert after a meal or as a sweet snack.

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Region: Indian

Taste: Sweet, Nutty, Rich, Creamy, Caramelized