Halwa meaning sweet and Puri, a type of fried bread in the South Asian subcontinent. A typical Sunday brunch menu for many desis consists of a semolina sweet porridge (halwa), fried golden puffed Puris and a chickpea stew (channay) and curried potatoes (aloo). Accompany that with an array of condiments like raita (cucumber yogurt), achar (pickled spiced mango) and wash it all down with mango lassi and chai and your set for that mid afternoon food coma nap!
Whether it be for Sunday brunch, weddings or Eid this IS a Desis go-to comfort during celebrations, holidays or family reunions.
It only made sense for me to combine it into one and turn it into an annual Eid tradition for my boys. Who has the time to fry puris Eid morning or worry about all the cleanup?! This is where the 90s kid in me comes in with Pop Tarts!
Turning the everyday childhood classic pop tart filling into every Desi kids dream...HALWA! Now before you all get at me, I know you’re all wondering about that classic glaze. But because the halwa is already sweet, I chose not to over power it with a glaze. You certainly may, but imagine dipping these into Sheer Khurma Eid morning or into a bowl of spicy Chanay (chickpea stew) to balance that sweetness with some spice. Or just eating it plain on the go as you rush out the door Eid morning.
I’m a little too excited! Can you tell?! Let’s just get on with the recipe for you to try for yourself!
1 cup semolina
1 stick butter
1 tsp cardamom powder
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
Pinch of orange color (optional)
1 lb. Pie Dough
1 tsp water
Roast and bring the semolina, butter and cardamom powder to a boil until it thickens.
In a separate pot make a sugar syrup with water, sugar and orange color. (You may use, food gel, biryani color, knafeh color or omit it all together).
Now add the sugar syrup mixture slowly to the semolina mixture until it thickens.
BE CAREFUL! It will bubble up, but continue stirring until you get a porridge like consistency.
**Remove from heat while stirring if needed.
Set aside to completely cool!
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Roll out your pie dough of choice (can be store bought) to about an 1/8 inch thick.
Using a cookie cutter or cup, cut 3 inch round pie dough shapes.
Make sure you have an even number as you need 2 round circles for each pop tart.
I was able to cut 30 (3 inch) round shapes in my pound of pie dough.
Place half the pie circles on your parchment lined baking sheet.
Scoop a tbsp of the cooled Halwa you had set aside, into half the centers of the pie circles.
Brush the edges with water and place the other half of the cut pie circles on top of each one.
Now press the edges to seal with a fork.
Brush the tops of the pop tarts with an egg wash
Now sprinkle with TOPPINGS!!!
I topped mine with as follows:
Flake Salt (to balance the sweetness)
Bake in a 350’F oven for about 15 mins or until the pie dough is cooked and browned evenly.
Remove from oven and let cool for 5 mins before devouring.
I hope you give it a try and enjoy it as much as my family did!