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Mahua Halwa Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 cup mahua flowers
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup ghee
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios)
- 1/4 tsp cardamom powder

Special equipment needed:
- Heavy-bottomed pan
- Blender or food processor

Step-by-step instructions:
1. Clean the mahua flowers and remove any stems or debris.
2. Blend the flowers in a blender or food processor until they form a smooth paste.
3. Heat the ghee in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat.
4. Add the mahua flower paste and stir continuously for 5-7 minutes until it turns golden brown.
5. Add milk and sugar to the pan and stir well.
6. Cook the mixture for 10-12 minutes until it thickens and starts to leave the sides of the pan.
7. Add cardamom powder and chopped nuts to the pan and mix well.
8. Turn off the heat and let the halwa cool for a few minutes.
9. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Medium heat
Serving size:
4-6 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories: 350
Fat: 20g
Carbohydrates: 40g
Protein: 5g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Mahua flowers can be substituted with other edible flowers like rose petals or hibiscus.
- Ghee can be substituted with butter or oil.
- Chopped nuts can be substituted with raisins or dried cranberries.

- Add saffron strands to the halwa for a richer flavor.
- Use jaggery instead of sugar for a healthier option.
- Add a pinch of nutmeg powder for a warm, spicy flavor.

Tips and tricks:
- Stir the halwa continuously to prevent it from sticking to the pan.
- Use a heavy-bottomed pan to prevent burning.
- Adjust the sugar according to your taste preference.

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 garnished with chopped nuts.

Chopped nuts, saffron strands, or edible flowers.

Serve the halwa with a cup of hot tea or coffee.

Suggested side dishes:

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the halwa is too thick, add more milk to thin it out.
- If the halwa is too thin, cook it for a few more minutes until it thickens.

Food safety advice:
Make sure to clean the mahua flowers thoroughly before using them in the recipe.

Food history:
Mahua flowers are a popular ingredient in Indian cuisine and are used to make a variety of dishes, including sweets and alcoholic beverages.

Flavor profiles:
The mahua halwa has a sweet, nutty flavor with a hint of cardamom.

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, Aromatic, Rich, Creamy