Last week I had puja at home so I needed to learn how to make apungo and halwa for puja. I had never tried to make it before but I had no choice but to learn this time around. So here I am sharing the recipe. It turned out really well and I was surprised how easy it was.
- 1 cup ghee (clarified butter)
- 3 cups plain flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- Take a thick pan and pour ¾ cup ghee in the pan.
- When ghee starts to melt, add plain flour and fry it stirring continuously. Make sure, the flour doesn’t turn brown.
- After a while when the flour is cooked, it should smell really good.
- Once it is cooked, take out half of the fried flour and set it aside on a plate.
- Add 2 table spoons of sugar to the plate and mix well.
- Apungo is now ready.
- With the remaining flour, fry it some more until it is light brown in colour.
- Add the rest of the sugar and then add the water and keep stirring.
- When the water and flour is mixed well and ghee starts showing on the top, add the rest of the ghee and Halwa is now ready too.
- If you are making halwa only skip step 5, 6, and 7.
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Great pics of the process, looks good for the first time. Those Arab sweets sounds divine, Kanafa is really good, not quite as sweet as some of the others.
I am going to try Kanafa soon 🙂
Wow, all I can think of is the amount of calories in that! LOL. Ghee doesn’t sit well with me at all.. the smell makes me sick. But even I feel I know how that tastes. We have an Arabic sweet made just like that instead of flour, semolina and sesame seeds are used but same process and color and consistency. But its put on a tray, evenly smothered out and allowed to cool and then it can be cut into pieces. 🙂
Ya all the calories you can count but it was yummy. I made that for puja for first time and everyone loved it 🙂 What is the name of the dish you are describing, I will check if they sell in shops here.
Well there are some awesome ones. The one I was describing is called Basbousa. They usually garnish it with a peeled almond and it looks like its made from semolina at a glance. But you should also try Kunafa and Umm Ali if you get the chance to. Best bet would be to go to a Lebanese restaurant. Do they have Marooosh in Sydney?
We have a really nice Lebanese sweet shop near our place so I going there to look for them. If they are common sweets, they should stock them.
I’m sure! These are some of the popular ones. Even the ones filled with rose cream (like puffs) and ones that are caramelized vermicelli stuffed with honey pistachios are great too! ( I think I should go get myself some now. Lol! Its Ramadan here, so its in my face wherever I go)
ohoo ya it is Ramadan so they must have lots of fresh sweets. I should go soon too 🙂
I’m not supposed to eat sweets though 😦 or anything right now. But I’ll sneak a couple hehe. YOLO?
Why you were not suppose to eat sweet ?
Post coming up! 🙂
I think I know the taste of this, except we don’t add water.
I am glad we did add bit of water as it was so much of ghee(butter) but it does taste so yummy 🙂