by - January 11, 2021


    When I made Pear Halwa, I wanted to make Halwa with Apples too.  Though I had given a try making Apple Halwa during my early years of cooking, I had never given a second thought of perfecting it or trying it out again.  Recently I have been trying out new recipes out of Apples that I have landed upon making an all new Apple Sago Payasam and Apple Halwa out of it.  Even our New Year Dessert turned out to be Apple Pie.  And have brewed a batch of Apple Wine too.  These recipes are new at home and are my experimental versions, perfected out.

    I followed the same method as for Kasi Halwa(Poosanikkai Halwa) for this Apple Halwa recipe. It is such an easy recipe and you would need just 3 ingredients, Apple, Sugar & Ghee.  Other ingredients are optional, but I insist you to add them. So adding a bit of Cardamom Powder gives you a wonderfully flavoured and garnishing it with an extra bit of slivered Almonds & Cashew nuts fried in ghee which gives a whole lot of crunchy texture in every bite. I have not added Milk/Mawa in this recipe. If you love the aroma of Cinnamon & Nutmeg in Apple recipes, then you can even add them in this Apple Halwa.  You have no strict rules while making this Halwa. Apples with its unique taste & the roasted slivered Nuts add texture to this Halwa. 






    Just one thing to remember - Use the grated Apples immediately.  Otherwise, it tends to get oxidized & the colour of the Halwa may turn dark. No need of squeezing out any extra water in it. Add the grated Apples into the Ghee and cook it on a low flame until it turns soft &tender. Let the mixture be dry before adding sugar & flavourings into it. And when it comes to Sugar, I have added 1/4 Cup of Sugar for 2 Cups of Apple. If you are using a sweet variety, I suggest you to adjust it accordingly.


     Apple Halwa is an easy recipe which can be made with minutes.  When you have a sweet craving or want a simple dessert for a party, this Apple Halwa comes out to be  handy.  You can also serve it as a Naivedhyam or Prasadham too.


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 Cuisine - Indian

 Recipe Type - Sweet

 Difficulty - Medium

 Serves - 2-3

 Author - SM  


 Preparation Time - 15 -20 Minutes.

 Cooking Time - 20-30 Minutes.



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For Apple Halwa:


Ghee - 3-4 Tbspns

Cashew Nuts - 10 Nos.

Almonds - 10 Nos. 

Apple - 2 Cups

Sugar - 1/4 Cup

Cardamom - 2-3 Pods

Saffron - few Strands

Yellow Food Colouring - few Drops(Optional)

 Salt - a Pinch







  • Grind Cardamoms along with few teaspoons of sugar into a fine powder and keep it aside.
  • Soak Saffron strands in few teaspoons of warm water.
  • Sliver the Nuts and keep them aside. 
  • Wash, peel & core the Apples & then cut them into halves.
  • Remove the Seeds.
  • Grate the Apples using a grater.
  • Use the grated Apples immediately. 



For Apples Halwa:


  • Heat 3 Tbspn of Ghee in a heavy-bottomed pan, roast the slivered, Almonds & Cashew Nuts.
  • Add the grated Apples and cook on a medium-low flame for a few minutes.
  • Cook the Apples until it turns soft & tender.
  • Cook until the Apples turn dry and there is no water.
  • Now add the sugar along with Saffron soaked Water, Cardamom Powder and give a quick stir.
  • Add a few drops of yellow food colouring and mix well.
  • Cook this on a low flame for about 5-7 Minutes.
  • At this stage, Apple Halwa starts to bubble up.
  • Now add a Tablespoon of Ghee and give a quick stir.
  • Cook this on a low flame for another 5-7 Minutes.
  • Add a pinch of salt and the remaining Ghee to the Halwa and mix well.
  • When the Ghee starts to separate & the Apple Halwa begins to leave the sides of the pan, switch off the fire. 
  • Serve Apple Halwa hot or at room temperature.
  • Can keep it refrigerated.  
  • Lasts up to a week when refrigerated. 
  • The texture of the Halwa remains the same even when refrigerated.



  • I have used Red Royal Gala Apples in this recipe.  Can prepare the same recipe with Green Apples too.  
  • Adjust the amount of Sugar to suit the variety of Apple.
  • Grate the Apples evenly, which would facilitate even cooking.
  • Once the Apples are grated, use it immediately.
  • Otherwise, the Apples may tend to get oxidized.
  • There is no need to squeeze the extra water out of the Apples.
  • It helps the Apples to get cooked well.
  • Saute the grated Apples and cook it along with the water until it turns soft, cooked and there is no more water content, before adding the sugar. 
  • Some recipes call for adding Milk in the recipe.
  • Can use 1/4 Cup of Milk and cook for an extra bit of time until the mixture turns dry before adding the sugar.
  • Perfectly cooked Apples gives a perfect texture to the Halwa.
  • Adjust the amount of sugar to suit your sweet tooth.
  • I have flavoured the Halwa with Cardamom Powder.
  • Adding a bit of extra Ghee will give a rich texture to the Apple Halwa.
  • Adding Saffron is purely optional.
  • Adding artificial food colouring is purely optional.
  • I have added a few drops of yellow food colouring to the Apple Halwa. Can use orange/green food colouring too.
  • Adding a pinch of salt to the Halwa is purely optional, but it helps to balance the overall taste of the dessert.

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