The history of uniquely making halbai using a new ingredient every year has been my passion. If you are following me since few years, then you would definitely know this. Wearing a creative hat and bringing in some fresh look and taste to the traditional recipes is quite fascinating. And it is how my life pattern looks like. So as festival lines up, it’s indication for me to get serious about finding new ways to make the authentic recipes in new avatar. For the upcoming festival that is Nagarapanchami, I am presenting this intense brown ragi halbai. This year finger millet is replacing the traditional ingredient i.e Rice in the process of making halbai. How does that sound to you? Trust me it’s super fantastically delicious.
The pictures below justify the fact that, ragi halbai is just like halwa in food appearance and photography department. Though I am not able to let you taste the deliciousness of this halbai right away, I am trying to convince you the same through pictures. The intense brown color, sharp edges and the texture of this sweet thing is captured beautifully to the extent possible to convince you the worthy-ness. Because as you make them, your mouth would thank you for the amazing sweet gift.
Plan for this genuine halbai on the upcoming festival and feel the difference. I mentioned “plan” because you have to pre-soak finger millet for some good hours. Minimum 3 to 4 hours is quite essential or you can soak it overnight too. The well soaked millets then ground to perfection, squeezed to extract it’s milk. This extracted milk then gets over stove to cook with jaggery. In this cooking process the finger millet milk thickens to glossy dough. Finally the dough is flattened and cut in to pieces. My stock of ragi halbai pieces emptied in a day. How about yours? Let me know.