Pancharatna Halwa <= Gorgeous, Unique and Genuine sweet thing from Udupi.
As you open the browser window today you are welcomed by this awesome, bright looking squares that have five super foods harmoniously united with jaggery and sugar. With all the goodness of nuts this halwa tastes amazing and you hardly mess up things here.
Let me justify how this pancharatna halwa is Unique : Have you ever heard of any sweet thing that infuses two dissimilar sweeteners ( like sugar and jaggery) together in one?? It’s quite uncommon to use both jaggery and sugar together right? But this halwa has both of these sugarcane products inducing their own graceful flavor and making the halwa stand out.
If you haven’t noticed yet, just look up and see the name of this dessert guys. Doesn’t it sound royal and gorgeous? “Pancharatna” literally means FIVE GEMS where we are referring five nuts as gems. I appreciate the person who has named it so thoughtfully because the nuts like Cashew, Almond, Raisin, Dates and Coconut are GEMS of food world offering all the plant goodness to human.
When we practically get in to pancharatna halwa situation, it starts with cooking pitted dates and raisins together with little water till they turn mushy. They are then minced to absolute puree using a mixer. Going forward it is key step of the recipe that is making syrup where we cook jaggery and sugar together with few tea spoons of water. When the syrup is of soft ball consistency (Check Notes for detailed explanation) adding dates puree, cashew+almond powder, coconut and cooking to perfection is dessert’s final stage.
These golden colored cuties were so adorable, tasty and they rocked my world of desserts. It surely gets the best halwa of Diwali 2016 award and I am going to recreate this magic many times this month.