Atta halwa is a classic North Indian sweet dish made with whole wheat flour, ghee, sugar and water. In this post I am sharing how to make atta halwa for a baby. Atta is the hindi name of wheat flour. Halwa is a pudding. So atta halwa is nothing but wheat halwa made with wheat flour.
The regular traditional atta halwa is made by frying whole wheat flour in lots of ghee until it turns to a deep golden color. Then it is cooked with hot water. Later it is sweetened with sugar.
It tastes delicious with an earthy & nutty aroma and has a delicate melt in the mouth texture. However this cannot be fed to a baby as it contains lot of ghee and sugar.
If you are trying to introduce wheat to your baby and wondering how to make atta halwa then this post will help you. Wheat has gluten so you will need to ask your pediatrician if you can introduce it and at what age.
There are a lot of different opinions about feeding atta halwa to a baby. However I went ahead introducing wheat to both my babies when they were 10 months old. This atta halwa was the first one I tried and both my babies loved this.
They enjoyed it even when they were toddlers. I would make this for their breakfast until they completed 4 years.
You can make a lot of variations with fruits, veggies etc. To know more you can check this wheat porridge recipe post.
This recipe of atta halwa for babies is simple and you can tweak it in various ways to please your baby. I would always add some ghee and jaggery to it. This also makes a great winter food and helps to keep the baby’s body warm.
Please consult your pediatrician about using all of these ingredients in your baby’s diet as each baby is different.
Tips to make wheat halwa
- Roasting: Dry roast the atta well on a low heat until it changes to a deeper color. You can also make this in bulk, cool it and store it in a container for further use.
- Liquid: You can cook this halwa in water or milk. If your baby has a lot of colic then avoid using milk and cook the atta halwa in water.
- Ghee: Please use homemade ghee only.
- Jaggery: please use organic jaggery or palm jaggery only after consulting your doctor especially if your baby is under 1 year. We use jaggery from 8 months.
1.Add flour to a pot and dry roast it on a low flame until golden & aromatic. I have also added a pinch of cardamom powder here as it aids in digestion.
2.Then I cooled the flour completely and then stirred in water. If your jaggery is not clean, then add it here. Stir and dissolve it. Then later filter it.
3.I cooked the atta halwa on a low to medium flame until it reached a thick consistency. Then I added the jaggery here. The heat in the pot was good enough to dissolve the jaggery. I also added a little ghee here.
Keep the atta halwa covered for 5 mins. Then cool down the food and then feed it when it is luke warm. Warm foods digest better.
Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
- 3 tbsp organic whole wheat flour
- 1 tbsp organic jaggery (refer notes)
- ¼ to ½ tsp Ghee or Butter
- 180 ml Water or milk (refer notes) (adjust to bring it to consistency)
How to make the recipe
- Dry roast wheat flour on a low to medium heat stirring often until it turns aromatic & changes to a deep golden color. Cool this completely.
- Mix the flour with water and jaggery, remove lumps if any.
- You can filter this to remove coarse particles or debris from the jaggery.
How to make wheat halwa
- Boil the mixture on a low flame, keep stirring continuously to prevent lumps.
- When the mixture reaches a thick consistency, add ghee/butter.
- Cook it for a minute and switch off. Keep covered and allow to rest in the hot pot for 5 more minutes.
- If the halwa becomes too thick, then stir in some hot water to bring it to consistency.
- Atta halwa is ready to serve when warm.
NUTRITION (estimation only)
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