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Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in Desserts | 4 comments

Nesesta halwa / Bombay Halwa



Nesesta halwa is a common sweet item usually made in almost all Muslim houses during Shab-e-barat . There are many ways (recipes) to make Nesesta halwa. There are many way to make this sweet, I find that it becomes easier and less messy with cornflour. This halwa is even called as Bombay halwa in some place. Please use quality ghee for best flavour.  Enjoy.


• 1 cup cornflour

• 1 and 3/4 cups sugar

• ¾ cup clarified butter (ghee)

• 1/4 cup chopped cashew nuts

• ½ teaspoon cardamom powder

• Food colour

• Oil for greasing


How to make:

1. In a bowl mix 1 and 1/2 water and corn flour well so that it does not have any lumps. Keep it aside.

2. Add sugar with 1 cup water in sauce pan and bring it to a boil.

3. In a non stick fry pan add 2 tablespoon of clarified butter and cornflour mixture to it and mix, keep on very low flame. Stir it continuously.

4. When the mixture is thickening, switch off the flame and add sugar syrup little by little and keep mixing to avoid lumps repeat the same till syrup is finished.

5. Turn on the flame and keep stirring the mixture. Now add ghee very slowly keep mixing repeat the same process till the ghee is finished.

6. Now add colour, cardamom powder cook till clarified butter comes out.

7. Add cashew nuts mix well once it comes into thick jelly consistency.

8. Transfer it to a greased plate with oil and let it sets for 1hr.

9. Cut into small pieces (desired shape) and enjoy my easy Nesesta halwa / Bombay Halwa.


Tips: don’t grease plate with clarified butter. With clarified butter it stuck badly.


Rownak loves to cook bangladeshi food and share her bengali recipes on her cooking blog. Rownak is determined to introduce all the authentic bangladeshi cuisine to the world and let everyone realise what they were missing out! She is based on sunny Queensland (Gold Coast) in Australia. Rownak writes for a number of bangladeshi cooking blog.

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  1. Mago, MOROBBAH .. aha chhotobela tomar nani amader khejur gash e beyey otha chalkumra (dhayush size er) diyey ki je mojar MOROBBAH banato!!! Sei shob dingulo ki je ador, bhalobashar alto chadoreye Ma amader dhekeye rakhten, roshona banjoneye protidin boro korten….!!! Aha, sei MOROBBAH akhon tomar receipe te … tumi atto kischu banaschho mago, janina tomar kascheye kobeye jabo, kobeye shob shoooooooooooooooobh ami aka dinratro chhobish ghonta kebol khabo… sei dinta jeno khub taratari asheye….

    • Mama prothomberer moto tumi kichu likhechho. ami anek khushi. amar ranna kora r shekhar pechone chotto ekta karon ache . Nayan jane , r keu jane kina jani na. amar ma jemon tar make prithibir shrestho radhuni mone koren, ami jemon amar make prithibir shrestho radhuni mone kori, amar moner shad amar meye-o jeno ekdin tai mone korbe r Bangladeshi khabarke jeno na bhule jay. amar rannar ei website ami amar meye jonno korechhi. asha kori koto bhalobasa er majhe rekhe jachchi seta bojhar moto progga or jeno hoy….

  2. That’s a very sweet wish you made Rawnok. I think you are one of the best cook esp in bangladeshi cooking style. I been to Goldcoast couple of times, wish i could meet you ………..anyway, all the best to you. Thanks for sharing all those delicious dishes. lol : rumana

    • Thanks a lot.If you come Gold coast, please let me know.

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