Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs
This recipe is not for the faint hearted! You need a heavy pan and a strong arm. Sourced from www.celtnet.org.uk.
- 2 kg raw sugar
- 2 lt water
- 300 g cornflour (cornstarch)
- 250 ml water
- 90 g cardamom seeds, crushed
- 300 g ghee
- Mix together the cornflour and 250ml water to form a smooth paste (whisk vigourously to make the batter smooth).
- Mix the 1.5 lt water with the sugar in a large pot until the sugar dissolves then add the cardamom powder and gradually stir-in the cornflour mixture and the ghee. Mix thoroughly until everything combines.
- Heat on medium heat, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon for the first 20 minutes. After that go back every 10 minutes or so to stir.
- Keep cooking for about 3 hours, until the mixture thickens and the ghee separates out. Pour the ghee from the pan, put the xalwa (also known as halwa) in a separate pan and decorate with peanuts and sesame seeds.
- When cooled slice with a wet knife. Wrap in cellophane or waxed paper.