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 Recipes For You

Beetroot Halwa

Beet Halva - Beet sweet recipe


Sheera - Semolina Halwa - Sooji Halwa

- A rava / Semolina / cream of wheat dish. Breakfast / snack / sweet. Known as sajjige, kesari, sanja in Indian languages.

Carrot halwa - Gajar ka halwaCarrot halwa - Gajar ka halwa

Carrot Halwa -Gajar ka halva

Easy To Make Sweet with Carrots and milk. Keeps in fridge for a week.


Dalia sheera / halwa

 - Healthy breakfast recipe with broken / cracked wheat.

To make it vegan, use coconut oil / vegetable oil instead of desi ghee.

Vegetable Rava upma - Namkin halwa

vegetable rava upma. Easy south Indian breakfast recipe. Known as uppittu (Kannada), tikhat sanja(Marathi), namkin halwa(Hindi) etc.


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

Dumrote - doodhi - lauki - bottle gourd halwa

Popular Indian Sweet / dessert made with bottle gourd and milk.

Beetroot Halva - Beetroot and milk sweet.

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