Friday, 19 May 2017

Almond, Coconut and Pineapple halwa using Vita Coco Coconut Milk Alternative - #TasteslikeNoUdder #Vegan

Almond, Coconut, and Pineapple Halwa, what can I say about it? This halwa is so good and even more simple to make. This rich and sumptuous halwa pairs really well with Potato and Chickpea Curry and Poori (Deep fried Indian Bread) makes an indulgent breakfast or brunch on a lazy weekend.

Various Halwa Recipes:> Habshi Halwa | Shahi Atte Ka halwa | Bombay Ice and Golden Halwa | Masoor Daal Halwa | Saffron Milk halwa | Pistachio halwa


In some part of  North India and Pakistan, many people follow this tradition religiously. Mostly on a Sunday morning, for a comfort and filling breakfasts, people love to devour Halwa ( mainly suji ka halwa-semolina Pudding), Potato and Chickpea Curry and Poori. Most of the time, women of the house would prepare this delicious meal in the morning, but I've seen hundreds of people queuing up outside the roadside stalls or restaurants where they serve you this meal. Rich and sweet Halwa, Spicy and tangy Potato and Chickpea Curry with soft and pillowy Poori is one killer combination you must try once in a lifetime, a serious blast of yumminess in one meal!


In my family, there will be always four yes's for this combination. Mostly I would prepare for a Sunday brunch, so I don't need to worry about lunch as this meal heavy on the stomach.While we devour with the whole family we would watch either Movie or recorded programmes.  Being health conscious we don't indulge too often. Nowadays I only prepare this breakfast ONLY on daughter's request as she studies away from home.  Past many years I have made amendments in this combination, instead of Suji (semolina) halwa, I prepare Badam (almond) halwa and sometimes pan fried Paratha replaces the deep-fried poori.


Last weekend on daughter's request we prepared it for a Sunday Brunch, oh yes, before she arrives home, she sends in her menu requests. Suji or Badam halwa is mainly prepared with dairy products. This time Badam halwa is prepared with a little twist, ghee and milk were out, coconut milk and oil were thrown in and for a change, pineapple has been added to compliment the coconut, allowing tropical flavours to shine through. Family went absolutely bonkers for it :) and we watched a couple of Quantico episodes and daughter packed a good amount of halwa and Curry with her. Instead of a Poori, we made Layered Coconut Doodh-Milk paratha. Glad I tried it, and it was a great success.

Wishing you a food-filled weekend!

Various Coconut Recipes-> Cacao and coconut Pots with Coconut Praline | Mawa Kesar Topra Paak | Coconut, Pineapple and Ginger Bubble Tea | Saffron and Coconut Ladoo | Rose Coconut barfi-fudge | Coconut, Chocolate and saffron Squares 

This recipe of mine is an entry into the Dairy Free Style Your Breakfast challenge with vita coco and foodies100. See more great ideas at
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Almond, Coconut and Pineapple halwa
Almond, Coconut and Pineapple Halwa is a delicious Indian delicacy prepared with ground almonds and coconut milk and oil and flavoured with Pineapple.
  • 1 cup Ground almond-Badam
  • 2 tbsp. Semolina-Suji-Soji
  • 2 tbsp. Coconut oil
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk-Vita Coco
  • 1/4 cup Coconut-Palm Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Pineapple pieces-ananas
  • Pinch Cardamom powder-Elaychi
  • 4-5 Saffron threads-Kesar
  • 1 tbsp. Pistachio slivers
Gently heat coconut milk in a pan. Do not boil. Crush the pineapple pieces in a blender but do not make a puree.In a heavy bottom pan or kadai heat coconut oil and slow roast semolina for a couple of minutes.Add ground almonds and roast for 4-5 minutes. Keep stirring and don't let the burn the mixture. Keep the heat on low.Once you have a light pink roasted almond mixture, gently and slowly add warm coconut milk. Keep stirring the mixture for a while or until it gets thicker. Once the mixture is thicker, add saffron and sugar, keep mixing.Keep stirring the mixture till halwa comes together as a single mass and fat leaving the pan. Now add cardamom powder and crushed pineapple. Combine everything and let the halwa cook for a couple of minutes. Turn off the heat and serve hot in a serving bowl. Garnish it with pistachio slivers and enjoy on its own or devour with Poori and chickpea curry for a satisfying meal. Enjoy!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4-6 servings

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