bread halwa

Bread Halwa Recipe

Updated: July 19, 2022, By Swasthi, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Bread halwa is one of the most popular dessert from hyderabadi cuisine. We get to see this mostly in Hyderabadi or Andhra restaurants served in a hyderabadi meal. It is delicious, mouth melting and unique in its aroma and taste. However one can find a few different variations of this any where from light to quite heavy and dense in its texture.

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The recipe I am sharing yields a dessert that is neither too light nor too heavy and is apt to serve as a after meal dessert.

Similar bread dessert from hyderabadi cuisine is this shahi tukda recipe. Bread halwa is simple to make and can be done under 20 to 25 mins. It goes great as a after meal dessert in all seasons – summer or winters. This can also be slightly chilled and served.

As with most recipes using bread, the taste of the bread halwa too depends on the kind of bread used. I had tried this many times before and was not very happy with the outcome due to the kind of breads I had been using. Bread halwa tastes best when made with white bread or milk bread. However this time I have used wholemeal white bread and turned out to be great.

This recipe does not use khoya and is made just with milk. For a lighter version, use milk and water in 1:1 ratio – i.e 1 cup water and 1 cup milk. Using only milk gives a richness that is similar to using khoya. Do not reduce the amount of ghee mentioned in the recipe, since the halwa doesn’t leave the pan and sticks up.

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Bread Halwa

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Bread halwa is a delicious dessert from hyderabadi cuisine usually served as a after meal dessert. Bread halwa is sauteed in ghee and cooked in milk. 
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings5 to 6

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 5 slices Bread (Prefer white bread, milk bread or wholemeal white bread)
  • 6 tbsps ghee (¼ cup + 2 tbsp) (use good quality ghee)
  • ¼ cup sugar (prefer organic)
  • 2 cups milk (For a lighter dessert use 1 cup water, 1 cup milk)
  • 0.5 tsp cardamom powder – elaichi powder


  • 6 to 8 almonds (sliced)
  • 6 to 8 cashews (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp chironji



  • Heat a pan with ghee and dry roast the nuts on a medium flame until golden. Set these aside in a plate.
  • Tear off the bread slices to small pieces, about 1 inch cubes and add to the same pan. If you prefer you can also discard the browns of the bread, however they give a texture so I kept it.
  • Begin to roast the bread until evenly golden.

How to Make Bread Halwa

  • Add milk and sugar.
  • Mix everything well and begin to cook until the bread turns soft and mushy.
  • The mixture turns very gooey initially, allow the mixture to thicken.
  • Then add cardamom powder and 2 tbsp ghee.
  • Begin to continuously saute it until the mixture begins to leaves the sides of the pan.
  • Add nuts and continue to cook for 2 to 3 mins. At this stage you can see bread halwa begins to release ghee.
  • Switch off and garnish with nuts.
  • Serve bread halwa chilled or warm.


Do use a non-stick pan.
Do use fresh quality ghee, as the aroma of ghee is very prominent in the final dish.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.


NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Bread Halwa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 348 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 188mg8%
Potassium 200mg6%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 160IU3%
Calcium 152mg15%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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I’m following your receipes since three years..untill now every recipe came out very well.. especially Andhra style recipes.. thankyou so much

Hi swasthi,
Is there a substitute for chironji?

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Tried it..turned out good….
Liked it a lot

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Wow, This is really nice.Thanks mam.Your step by step instruction are very helpful. So I am very interested to read your recipe collection.