Halwa Recipes - Indian Festival Foods

Halwa is made with vegetables, fruits, dry fruits, nuts, seeds, grains etc.

Halwa is also spelt as halva(so you will find both the spellings on this page). Halva is sweet as well as savory.

Out of many other Indian sweets, Halva is a very versatile Indian sweet made with a variety of ingredients.

Though halva is mostly a sweet item, Upma is also refered to as Namkeen halva in Hindi.

For sweet halvas, Sugar or brown sugar, jaggery, dry fruits, milk or condensed milk or coconut milk, honey is added as a sweetener.

For flavor, cardamoms, essences such as rose, kewra are added. Spices and herbs such as ginger, cinnamon are also added to some halvas.

Whatever you use as the ingredients, halva is tasty and irresistible.

Halva is made with

(note:Indian names are in bracket)



  • banana halva
  • dry fruits halva
  • mango halva

Nuts and seeds

  • Almonds (badam-halwa) 
  • Sesame seeds
  • Dates (khajoor-halwa)
  • Cashew nuts (kaju halva)

Grains - grain products

Lentils or Lentil flour
  • Besan halwa
  • Moong dal-halwa

Halva Recipes For You

Sheera - Semolina Halwa - Sooji Halwa

- A rava / Semolina / cream of wheat dish.

Easy recipe to make as breakfast, a snack or sweet.

Also known as sajjige, kesari, sanja in Indian languages.

Carrot Halwa -Gajar ka halva

Easy To Make Sweet with Carrots and milk. Keeps in fridge for a week. Even a novice can make carrot halva very easily.

Dalia sheera / halwa

 - Healthy breakfast recipe with broken / cracked wheat. Can also serve as a sweet dish.

Use coconut oil or any vegetable oil instead of desi ghee if you want to make it vegan.

Beetroot Halva - Beetroot and milk sweet.

Dumrote - doodhi - lauki - bottle gourd halwa

Vegetable Rava upma - Namkin halwa

Rava upma with onion and /or vegetables. Easy south Indian breakfast recipe.

Also known as uppittu(Kannada), tikhat sanja(Marathi), namkin halwa(Hindi) etc.

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