Bandar Halwa

Bandar Halwa is a rich and delicious sweet from Bandar ( machilipatnam ) a city in Andhra Pradesh. My in-laws were  born and brought up in this city and this Halwa has been their family favorite sweet. There is a particular sweet shop called Tata Rao Sweet shop  in Bandar where they purchase this sweet. My husband says Tata Rao sweet shop still makes this sweet in a traditional way and it still maintains the same authentic taste and flavor which it had few decades  ago. 

Every year I prepare my Father in Laws favorite food and offer him on his death anniversary. I made this delicacy for him last month. Though I didn't get that authentic taste and color  but I managed to get some what  similar taste.  This sweet is on the darker side of it and of course it also depends on which jaggery you are using. So this delicacy  of Bandar goes to day 5 of Mega Marathon  theme "Sweets and Snacks".


All purpose flour / Maida 1/4 cup
Corn flour 1 tbsp
Jaggery 1 cup
Cashew nuts 1/2 cup
Ghee / Butter 1/2 cup


Add 1/4 cup water to jaggery and let it cook to make thick syrup.
Keep stirring the jaggery syrup in between so that it won't burn.
Once you see bubbles appearing in syrup take a small quantity with spoon and add it to a bowl of water.
If the syrup melts that means you still have to cook it further.
The syrup consistency have to be like, if u add it to water it should not melt and it has to form a smooth ball ( Like we make it for ariselu )
Meanwhile add corn flour to maida and add water to give  it a watery consistency.
Make sure there are no lumps.

Once the syrup is ready lower the flame and add flour mixture slowly, keep stirring or else lumps will be formed.
This is a very important process, u need to keep on stirring once flour is added.
Also add cashew nuts and ghee to the cooking halwa, keep stirring until the halwa thickens and leave the pan without sticking.
You can add more ghee if you want it more greasy.
Serve hot or cold.

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Vaishali Sabnani said...

The Halwa looks delicious..and that color is beautiful. I have yet to try halwas with jaggery ..and I shall begin with this one ..soft silky ,it has a lovely texture.

Srivalli said...

The halwa looks fantastic and I have never made this. I have a new halwa to try now, thanks for sharing the details..:)

Narmadha said...

Halwa looks so tempting. Something new and interesting recipe.

Harini R said...

Wow! Never heard of Bandar halwa. I know of bandar laddu :) This soft halwa looks very inviting, Sushma.

Unknown said...

I make this halwa too. It's a famous halwa from Krishna Dist, AP. Love the way your Halwa looks. Delicious.

Suma Gandlur said...

Sushma, teega pakam raavalaa? Bandar laddu vinnanu kaani halwa gurinchi modati saari vintunnanu. Must be a delicious one. Will try it some time.