Apple Halwa

Apple Halwa


  • Red apple (big size) – 3 Nos
  • Sugar – One and half cups
  • Ghee – 3 to 4 tablespoons
  • Cardamom Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cashewnuts – few
  • Kesar Powder or Orange red colour – little


  1. Clean the apples with water and then wipe it dry. Peel the skin and remove the seeds. Cut it into medium size pieces. Put it in a mixer and grind it to a fine pulp.
  2. In a thick bottomed kadai (preferably non-stick kadai) add one teaspoon ghee and then fry the cashew nuts on the melted ghee.
  3. Now remove the fried cashews from the kadai and keep it aside.
  4. In the same kadai add the remaining ghee and then add the apple pulp.
  5. Fry it on medium flame until the water content in the pulp is evaporated and the pulp becomes slightly thick. (It will take 10 to 15 minutes).
  6. Now add sugar to the pulp and mix well. While stirring the pulp continuously add the food colour until it leaves the sides of the kadai.
  7. Now add cardamom powder and the fried cashew nuts that was prepared earlier.
  8. Finally mix everything well and transfer it to a greased bowl.

You can serve it with a spoon or cut it into squares. You will get approximately 15 pieces.

Instead of grinding the apples, you can grate it and follow the above method. The halwa will look like this:


  1. Superb!

  2. I like this. Very impressive Kamala

  3. Sanctified Spaces

    I was wondering what to do with apples.And now I have a recipe to make.Will surely try it.Thanx for the post.

  4. Hi,

    Thank you for visiting my site. I also got lot of apples when I visited friends' houses for Navaratri. So I tried this recipe and came out good. Please try and post your comments.

  5. Thank you Viji.

  6. Thank you Shobana.

  7. Divya Vikram

    colorful n healthy halwa..

  8. Thank you Divya Vikram.

  9. Sanctified Spaces

    I tried ur recipe.It tasted great.
    I wasn't sure of the consistency to make pieces. But after it cooled..I made round balls of it!!But a great recipe.Thank you

  10. Impressive! I never thought of preparing halwa using apples…the recipe looks real simple and easy, i will surely try one of these days! Thanks.

  11. Hi b,

    Thank you for visiting my site. Please this recipe and post your comments.

  12. Hi Aunty,

    Well I tried this using grated apples and it tasted very well. Thanks for this recipe.


  13. Hi AR,

    Nice to hear that you tried this recipe and it tasted very well.

  14. Very nice recipe. Tried it and it came out very well.But I was not able to cut it into pieces.Can you tell me when exactly I should stop cooking the contents and transfer it to a bowl to get pieces?

  15. Hi Vidya,

    Nice to hear that you tried this halwa and came out well. If you want to make pieces, you have to stir the halwa till it leaves the sides of the vessel and when you stir it will be like a big ball and the consistency will be like a thick dough. Normally when you spread it on a greased plate and allow to cool for sometime, you can easily cut the pieces. To get a perfect pieces, gently cut the halwa with sharp knife and using the Dosa Spatula, lift the pieces from the plate.

  16. Hi,
    I tried this. It didn't come out well. First time after I transfered the cooked halwa to the greased plate, it remained loose for a very long time. But, tasted really good. I tried to recook the same for better consistency. But, this time it became rock solid. What mistakes had happened both the times? Approximately how long does it take to cook after adding the sugar? Do we still have to cook in medium flame after adding sugar?

  17. Hi,
    How long does it take to cook after adding sugar? Do we have to still cook in medium flame at this point?

  18. Hi Kanthi,

    After adding sugar, it will take 10 to 15 minutes more to become solid. Yes. you have to have cook in medium flame only. Otherwise it will get burnt.

  19. Hi Kanthi,

    You have to choose good quality apple. Before adding sugar, you have to cook the apple pulp thoroughly and there will not be any water content in that. When you are grinding apple also, you have to grind it without adding any water. You have to cook the halwa in medium flame only.

  20. rajashreebalaji

    hi kamala,
    let me try this recipe. ilove halwa

  21. rajashree balaji

    hi kamala

    i tried apple halwa .it came out nice but a little watery.could have tried it nice.wat is the mistake i have done can u tell me please

  22. Hi Raja shree balaji,

    I think you have not fried the apple paste fully. You have to stir fry on medium flame till all water content is fully absorbed and then you have to add sugar and cook till it leaves the sides of the vessel without sticking.

  23. Dear Kamala,

    will you know how many cups of pulp you got from 3 apples? it’s difficult to get the right proportion with size of apples… thank you.

  24. Thanks for the recipe. I tried your recipe. Taste is awesome but I could not have correct consistency at the last and could not cut into the solid pieces. could you please suggest here. Thanks in advance. Happy Deepavali.

    • Hi Sita,

      To cut the halwa, you have to cook the halwa till it forms a big ball without sticking to the sides of the vessel. Moreover, you have to wait for the halwa to cool down completely to cut nice squares.

  25. Hi Kamala,

    I have visited your site with one of my friend reference….all ur recipes are amazing and very easy to understand…we are very thank ful to u:)

  26. I tried this receipe today…It came out very well but I could not make into pieces..What would have been the mistake?

  27. I lovvveee your recipes. my first ever try from ur blog was iru puli kozhambu and from then on if i need a change in my cooking ur blog is where i go to….

    Anyways I tried this recipe today i cooked it till halwa started bubbling and started to leave the sides but couldnt make pieces.
    Is there something wrong that i did.

  28. nice recipe

  29. i tried the apple halwa it came out very well thanks for posting the recipe

  30. hi this recipe looks nice…is it ok to use apple with skin…will it make any difference..

  31. this i have made already. also i made halwa /payasam with the white portion of water melon. Yesterday with papya. it was superb.

    • Hi Raji,

      Thank you for writing. Making halwa/payasam with the white portion of water melon is informative. Will have to try this.

  32. Hi,
    This is really an awesome recipe. Tried it, had taken it to my office and got good comments. Credit goes to you…

  33. Hi Kamalamma,

    I must try your version of apple halva as the look itself is quite tempting.

    see my way of making apple halva in
    Apart from apple, i made it with beetroot and white portion of water melon.

    thanks and regards


    • Thank you Raji for visiting my site and your comments. I saw your halwa recipe. Quite good with milk and with natural colour. I have added food colour in my halwa recipe just to please the eyes.

  34. my version of halva resembles the dodha of Delhi. try this can i share some recipes with you. recently when i was going through the comments, i noticed one person asking for dosa recipe without urad dal. i replied to that but do not remember now which site as i keep on searching on almost every site. if you are uploading the recipes, i shall forward the same to you. you can reply to my e mail id.

  35. hi kamala mam

    I really appreciate ur efforts for sharing your skills with everyone.
    your recipies are so nice and i follow ur blog almost everyday for kolam also
    my intrest towards both had increased manifolds after visiting your blog
    can u please give some recipies for babies (infants,toddlers and kids)?

  36. Dear aunty,

    This is a very very useful blog. Thank you very much for doing such a wonderful thing. I tried doing this alwa..It tasted well but did not get the consistency.. Will try it once again. 🙂

  37. hi kamala….my mom tried this apple halwa in right consistency. All of my family members had tasted it and enjoyed a lot…thank you:-)

  38. Thank u. tried this n my hubby liked it very much.

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  40. hi kamala, I made apple halwa its make very nice. its cut in proper peices. thank you for giving this wonder full recipe.

  41. we like apples, it is a nutritious and healthy halwa surely we will try.

  42. Hello Kamala,

    Nice blog also your recipes. I saw at my friends place and wanted to buy the book of Iyengar Recipes.
    My son likes Apples, let me try out this recipe of Apple Halwa & would let you know how it came.

  43. I tried and liked it a lot.

  44. I like this Apple Halwa!!! Really good.. gives the healthy recepies and simple descriptions about the new items..
    try frnds… must use ful..

  45. chenthur selvi

    it’s looking really pleasing ….i’ll surely try as my daughter is a great fan of apples. After seeing u’r website i learned to cook even better. Thanks

  46. I tried this and it came out really well. I tried the grated version. Yummy it was.

  47. hello aunty,

    Tried this sweet on valentines day.came out very well but the colour was brownish hubby liked a lot.thank u.

    • Keerthana,

      May be you have added different red/kesar colour. If you use the apple as soon as you grate it (without discoluring the apple) and add a pinch of kesar or orange colour, you will get perfect halwa colour.

  48. Priyadarshini Gopinath

    I tried this recently and came off really well except that i couldnt get it in the form of pieces..I also blended some strawberries with this..the taste was awesome! Thanks for this!

    • Hi Priyadarshini Gopinath,

      It is really nice to note that you have added some strawberries too. I think you would have surely got a very tasty and colourful halwa. To make pieces, you have to keep the halwa for some more time.

  49. Hi
    I tried this halwa yesterday, they came out well, tastes so good.

  50. Hi Kamala ji,
    Can you mention which apple would taste better for this recipe ? among Fuji/Simla/Gala apples.

    • Hi Maheeja,

      Any sweet and soft texture apple will do. Sour type green apple or some apples have the tangy and crunchy taste will not be suitable for this halwa. I made this halwa with the red colour apples available at the US when I was there.

  51. Thank you kamala ji.
    I tried this at home . It came out very well. But since apples were slightly sour the halwa too had a bit of sour taste . But it was very tasty.

  52. Hello Kamala amma,

    Firstly I would like to thank you for this wonderful website.
    Well presented and neatly explained.

    I tried apple halwa and it came really well. I did use UK red apples however it was slightly sour and I guess I should have put more sugar but apart from that for first time halwa maker like me it’s a huge success.

    Also tried tomato kulambu, poha rice, potato kuruma. Everything turned out very well and for bachelors like me doing it correctly (well as long as it tastes good its correct for us) is a great feeling.

    Mikka Nanri,

    • Hi Ganesh,

      Thank you very much for taking time and writing your comments. I am really happy to note that my recipes are somewhat useful to you.

  53. wow…………tasty is very good.and Healthy sweet also.

  54. Nice !!! Taste is good

  55. nishaganesh

    Haiii wonderful recipes.I tried this one n it was yummy.thx a bunch.

  56. Ramya Prakash

    Dear kamala… I tried apple halwa…it was really yummy….thanks… Will u please advice me, which sweet can i make for Krishna janmashtami…

    • Thank you Ramya Prakash for your kind feed back. For Janmashtami, normally Vella Seedai, Uppu Seedai and Murukku are prepared. You can make any Payasam too.

  57. I tried this apple halwa twice and it was successful.Every one liked it and appreciated. thank you.

  58. I am truly a fan of yours Your kolams as well as recipes are very good. Keep the good work going

  59. Lovely post kamala .I am going to try this today and post on how it comes

  60. Rashmi Jain

    Hi Kamala Ji

    I read the recipie of Apple Halwa, it’s a mouth watering dish, will make tomorrow.

  61. This is my first halwa receipe, it came out very well.My family members enjoyed a lot. Thank you

  62. Hi,

    I am gonna try this tomorrow. My wife who is in India is saying that I am gonna fail trying this. I need to succeed. I am just gonna follow the exact instructions….

    • Hi Sunil,

      All the best for your trial. Use good quality sweet apple and cook till it reaches the halwa stage. Please post your feedback after trying.

      • Hi Kamala,

        It went fine. Thanks;but the taste went like carrot alwa, I am not sure whether this resembles that. People who doesn’t know what it is and tasted this said ‘Is this carrot alwa”?

  63. Dear Kamala,

    This is the first time i tried your recipe and it turned out really well. My husband loved it.

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe.



  64. first of all thank u.its vry gud and colourful

  65. Hi ,
    I check your website frequently.Your recipes are very nice and innovative.I tried this halwa and came out well.May be I took it before it become too thick,so I could n`t cut it into pieces.But taste was nice.Thank you

  66. first of all i would like to thank kamala’s apple halwa came out well…

  67. Hi Kamala,

    Thanks for this recipe….
    I tried & it tasted good but the cubes were not that solid like halwa cubes….
    i should have kept on flame for a couple of mins more so that i could have got good cubes….

    Thanks again my hubby liked it & wanted me to send a reply to u. even my 9 month old boy tasted it & started to lick my empty fingers…..

    Recipes are good & pictures are eye catching…. surely will try all the recipes in due course…

    Thanks again

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  69. Sathisha Mansoor

    Hi Kamala aunty, I tried green peas masala n it came very well.. N then on started searching for many more recipe frm ur website…simply superb n dumstruck… All the best.. Btw plz lemme know how to subscribe in ur website.. Thanks.

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  70. hi kamala aunty, i would like to know if u can add a receipe for making ullundu kalli

  71. Hello Mam,

    Thanks for posting such a wonderful recipe.

    I tried this recipe, taste was so good but i am not able to make pieces. can u tell me where i did the mistake? Sugar level I reduce since the apple was very sweet… Is this the reason that I am not able to make the pieces?

    • Hi Gayathri,

      You cannot cut it like burfi. However, you can make some sort of slices. Yes. reducing the quantity of sugar make the halwa very soft and cannot cut it. You can serve it as it is and no need to cut it.

  72. Thanks for wonderful apple halwa recipe, we all really enjoyed. Want to spend more time in your website and eager to try different items.

  73. Hie Kamala, thank you for the lovely recipes. I have tried them for Diwali last year and it turned out well. Especially my favourite adhirasam and chitty orundai.

    My question is can we add water when we grind the apples or should we grind It in a dry grinder?. Thanks.

  74. Hi
    I tried ur recipe. we enjoyed alot.

  75. Hello Mam,
    your recipes are really superb, may i know how to make “rasagula” ?

  76. It was a delicious sweet and everyone like it at first try itself

  77. How to make rasagulla?

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