Maida Halwa

This delicacy made with maida, sugar and ghee is served during festivals and special family occasions.

Maida Halwa

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: SweetsCuisine: TamilDifficulty: Difficult


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This delicacy made with maida, sugar and ghee is served during festivals and special family occasions.


  • Maida (All purpose flour) – 1 cup

  • Sugar – 3 cups

  • Ghee – 1 cup

  • Orange colour – few drops

  • Cashew Nuts – 10 Nos

  • Cardamom Powder – 1 teaspoon


  • Add enough water to Maida and make a thin batter without any lumps. Add the color and stir well. Keep aside.
  • Add half cup water to the sugar and bring it to boil.
  • Allow to cook till it reaches one thread consistency.
  • Now slowly pour the maida batter and stir continuously keeping it on low flame.
  • When it starts thickening, add ghee little by little while stirring the halwa.
  • Stir continuously till it leaves the sides of the vessel.
  • Add cardamom powder and fried cashew nuts. Mix well.
  • Transfer it to a greased plate and cut it into squares.


  1. i tried this recipe today, the taste was good but even after i kept in fridge it was just like a paste.

    • Hi Sara,

      To get chewy type halwa, you have to cook the halwa till it leaves the sides of the vessel and form like a big ball and if you take a small quantity and roll with your fingers, it should also roll like a ball. If you remove it before reaching the right consistency, it may be like paste only. Also it depends upon the sugar quantity and its consistency and also quantity of ghee. Try in small quantity next time. You will get surely a good textured halwa.

      • Thank you very much. i did not know cooking till i got married, after marriage i always browsed so many blogs for each recipe , but first time i saw your blog couple of days back , i think i am glued to your blog. from that day i have still not closed the page and i just want to try all the recipes from your blog. thanks a lot for this great tressure.

  2. Ponnammal Balasubramanian

    A very tasty halwa and easily preparable

  3. Hi
    how to prepare the sugar syrup.I tried the syrup but it was very thick

    • Hi Mahi,

      For this halwa, if you touch the syrup, it should be sticky and form one thread. If you are not sure about the consistency, do not worry. For halwas, you can add the flour in beginning also. Just allow the sugar to boil and add the maida batter and stir continuously. At one stage it will blend well and leaves the sides of the vessel. At that stage you can remove it.

  4. Roopa Manjunath

    Mrs. Kamala,

    Very nice and informative website. I tried your maida halwa, but i could not get the halwa consistency, it became maida burfi. where could i have gone wrong. I really like this halwa, but was disappointed, but burfi is tasting good but it was not halwa.

    • Hi Roopa Manjunath,

      May be water quantity in the batter less. The maida batter should be thin. If you add the batter in the sugar syrup, it will be watery and if you continue to stir, then it will become a thick pulp. You have to add required ghee too. Try with little quantity and let me know the feed back.

  5. Thank you Ma’m will try again…

  6. Kalaivani Mohan

    Hai Mam, I and my husband tried your maida halwa, it was very tasty and we got many good comments. Thanks for your blog.

  7. Hello..Am new to this site..and i found it while i was surfing for recipes..Really mouth watering recipes..:) and yet to try these recipes..will try evry recipes..Thanks for a fabulous blog..

  8. Can u tell approx. how many cups water you add to the maida ti dilute it?

    • Hi Preethi,

      For 1 cup flour approximately 2 cups of water is sufficient. However, depends on the quality of the flour, you may reduce or increase the water quantity by half cup.

  9. It was delicious. Just try it.

  10. a very tasty halwa nd easy 2 make

  11. s.bhuvana

    hello, kamala mam i tried your maida halwa friday. It came very well. My family members liked this halwa and enjoyed the taste and look. Thank you.

  12. I tried this halwa. Came out really good. Very easy to make. Generally I will make sabudana halwa by soaking it overnight and grind it and then same procedure like this. I will get same taste and texture. But I feel this is easy.

    Thank you for all your variety foods.

  13. Hi iam new to this site but found very intresting and mouth watering receipe would love to try all of them but first will try maida halwa. Can u pls tell me what does one thread consistency mean??? Very confused!!!!

  14. easy preparations

  15. Hi Kamala,
    Great recipes.I see lot of new dishes explained in a very simple way.
    I really appreciate your effort.
    It would be great if you could mention about approximate number of dish (idlis or burfis or dosa or samosa.. etc) that comes out with the amount of the ingredients you have mentioned in the recipe.
    also when you say 2 cup of sugar(any recipe) it powdered sugar or sugar crystals?
    thanks and keep posting some innovative dishes.

    • Hi Geetha,

      I have already given the Number of serving/yield for the quantity given in the recipe. Please check on top of the recipe right corner, you will find it. Sugar mentioned in my recipes are crystal sugar.

  16. Hai madam,
    Thank you for your maida halwa recipe. We tried your halwa.its came very nice tasty.but we cannot cut it.we ate through spoon. Please tell me what is wrong with our preparation.

    • Hi Kothai,

      If you keep the halwa for some more time in the stove and cook it till reaches soft ball consistency, then you will be able to cut it.

  17. I really likes Halwas but I think its a very hard to make one.When I read your recipe I feel happy and I will try it in this Deewali. Thank You Dear

  18. Hi,
    I love this halwa. I am planning to try it. Just want to know, instead of ghee shall I use some other oil like vegetable oil or coconut oil because I don’ t like ghee. Plz tell me, what shall I do

  19. The halva tastes really good! Some parts of the halwa did not reach the ball consistency . What should I do?

  20. Hi,

    I tried this recipe. It came out very well. Thanks a lot..

  21. prabhavathy

    Mam where we can get this orange colour … is there any other optional colours……
    Your blog is very useful and easy to understand and I tried many recipes and it also came out well…

  22. Fazmina Ameen

    Great collection. .. hats off

  23. Gamal Omer Kashbari

    Dear Kamala
    you are so sweet like your sweets ,
    thanking you is not enough.
    you are the best.

  24. can it be done with any other healthy oil other than ghee

  25. I made this for Diwali and it came out very well. But I used a little more ghee than mentioned it the recipe (around 1.5 cups). Without that the halwa didn’t look glossy. Now with 3 days left for Diwali, it’s already almost over.

  26. Hi Kamala
    the halwa came out superb thanks for the wonderful and easy recipe

  27. Hi mam, tried it and it has become very hard. Can’t even cut it. Any idea to fix it? Feeling bad to throw it.

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