Lapsi – Cracked Wheat Halwa

Lapsi is a traditional Gujarati sweet often served up on auspicious occasions. Learn quick and traditional way of making lapsi, a Bulgar sweet. Lapsi is cooked on a low heat for few hours to get the best flavor. These days, we want everything quick so I started making it in a pressure cooker and works like a charm. Now, I can make Lapsi instantly anytime I crave for it.


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Lapsi Traditional Way
Prep Time
8 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
53 mins
 
Recipe Creator: Bhavna
Ingredients
  • Ghee 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
  • Cracked wheat 1 Cup (16 tbs) (lapsi)
  • Hot water 4 Cup (64 tbs) (Add more water depending on how much needed to cook the cracked wheat)
  • Sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs) (As per your taste)
  • Mixed nuts 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (Mix of almond, cashews, and raisins)
  • Cinnamon sticks 2 Medium
  • Cloves 2 Medium
  • Saffron 1 Pinch
  • Cardamom powder 1 Teaspoon
Instructions
MAKING
  1. 1. Heat a pan to a medium temperature, add the ghee and when the ghee melts add the cracked wheat (lapsi) into it.
  2. 2. Keep stirring while it bubbles and cook until golden brown.
  3. 3. Meanwhile, in another pot boil 4 cups of water.
  4. 4. Gradually add the hot water into the pan with the lapsi. Let it cook well until all the water is evaporated. (If required add more water for the lapsi to cook).
  5. 5. Once all the water is evaporated, cover the pan and let it cook on a low to medium heat for a while.
  6. 6. Check if the lapsi is well cooked, if not, add more water, cover and let it cook again on a low medium heat.
  7. 7. Once all the water is evaporated and the lapsi is completely cooked (after almost 45 minutes), add the sugar and the mix of almonds, cashews and raisins. Mix well, cover and cook again till all the water released by the sugar evaporates.
  8. 8. Check on the lapsi, and the sugar syrup would be thickening now. Cover and cook for another 30 minutes.
  9. 9. Uncover and add the saffron (powdered using a mortar and pestle), cinnamon sticks and the cloves. Mix well, cover and cook at a very low temperature for another 15 minutes or more.
  10. 10. Lastly add the cardamom powder, mix well and turn off the heat.
SERVING
  1. 11. Serve lapsi on any auspicious ocassion.
NOTE
  1. It takes almost 30 to 45 minutes to cook one cup of cracked wheat.
  2. The more you cook the cracked wheat on a medium low heat, the better it would taste.
Editors Review
  1. All those who are looking for the recipes of gujarati sweets should check this out. The chef shows the recipe of lapsi halwa. It is made on special festivals and occasions. It is very easy to make and you can impress your family and friends with this sweet dish. Check out the video for the recipe.



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Lapsi in Pressure Cooker
Prep Time
8 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 
Recipe Creator: Bhavna
Ingredients
  • Ghee 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
  • Cloves 5 Small
  • Cinnamon 3 Small
  • Bulgar wheat 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (Lapsi)
  • Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  • Cashew nuts 10 Gram
  • Raisins 10 Gram
  • Kesar 5 Gram
  • Sugar 1/3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  • Almonds 1/4 Cup (4 tbs), slivered
  • Cardamom powder 1 Teaspoon
Instructions
MAKING
  1. 1. In a pressure cooker on medium heat, melt ghee, add cloves and cinnamon. Stir in the lapsi and roast it on a low to medium heat until golden brown.
  2. 2. Once it is golden brown, pour water, add cashew nuts, raisins, kesar and mix well. Cover the cooker with the lid and cook the lapsi for about 10 whistles. Once done, remove the cooker and set it aside to let the pressure come down within the cooker.
  3. 3. Once the pressure comes down the cooker, open it and fluff the lapsi with a spoon. Stir in the sugar and mix well. Turn on the heat to medium and cook for 25 minutes or until the sugar melts and the ghee separates from the lapsi making the mixture thick.
  4. 4. Once the ghee separates from the lapsi and the lapsi is thick, switch off the heat and get ready to serve.
SERVING
  1. 5. Serve the lapsi hot in a serving bowl garnished with some almonds and cardamom powder.