Atte ka sheera – Wholewheat Halwa – A North Indian recipe| Contains Dairy


Looking through picasa I found many food pictures taken at various times but not blogged. For sometime the computer was not in working condition, and at other times I face stiff competition from my children. My son claims that I get away with longer hours sitting in front of the comp. just because I am ‘mummy’. I gave in to their demands and now on weekends they play for an hour each on the comp.!This halwa was supposed to go in for the healthy lunch box event, but somehow got lost in the recesses of my albums until now! Better late than never, I thought! And this is such a good, yummy recipe, I just had to share it with all my fellow bloggers here.I make ‘wheat halwa’ a.k.a ‘atte ka sheera’ on the days I make ghee at home. Mainly because I do not like the idea of all that ghee stuck to the wok, going waste! Also because I love the burnt milk solids which settle at the bottom of the kadhai after ghee is strained. My mom used to roast atta till browned and mix it with sugar, after the ghee was removed and we used to fight over the tasty wheat powder!I have taken to making this halwa which Pratibha, a friend of mine and one of my colleagues in Churchgate (A wonderful cook!) used to bring once in a while to office. I fell in love with it! Mine has a little less sugar than hers (I like sugar n spice to lightly flirt with my tastebuds!) but it is equally nice! Its a common sheera, so I am sure many of you might have your own perfected recipes.This one is for those who haven’t made it yet! [I assume that my kids will grow up and look into my blog for their recipes, and I am planning to leave a wide variety here for them!! Maa ke haath ka khaana agar khaana ho to?]

Here comes a healthy and delicious wholesome short break diet, which is also one of the common ‘Gurudware ka prasad’ from me to you!
Recipe: Atte ka sheera – Wholewheat Halwa – A North Indian recipe| Contains Dairy


Whole wheat flour / Atta – 1 cup
Water (Boiled) – 1 and 1/2 to 2 cups
Sugar – 1/2 to 3/4 cup
Ghee – 1/4 cup
Almonds – 4 (Slivered)


  • Heat ghee, and roast the wheat flour till it releases a heavenly aroma. Roast till the colour changes to a nice dark shade of red brown. If you do not roast well it will become lumpy and hard.
  • Add boiled water to the wheat stirring all the while. The wheat will start becoming slightly lumpy.
  • Add sugar and mix incorporating the flour into the sugar. Keep cutting and mixing till it leaves the kadhai and gathers into a soft lump. You will find that at some point the wheat will layer out when you press it or cut into the lump with the ladle and the ghee will separate out.
  • Add more ghee (A tsp. at a time) if you find the halwa hard.
  • Add a few slivered almonds and mix.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.
I make it as a ‘prasadam’ or offering during one of the nine days of ‘Navratri’ also. It has a nice rich taste, and is better eaten in small helpings as it tends to feel heavy.
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  1. Hey, even I love the burnt solids at the bottom, when butter is melted. Liked your idea of making sheera after making ghee. Shall try next time I make ghee.(that’s a weekly affair for me)

  2. I just referred you in my just posted aviyal!! What a coincidence that you were here at that time:) Do try this one and post yours too!!

  3. How to veganise it? lol

  4. Hmmm…. I haven't made this since I became vegan, Manish. Somehow I feel it won't turn out good with oil. Maybe coconut oil will help. Let me see this weekend:)

  5. My Mom makes this sheera using jaggery. She boils some water, dissolves some jaggery in it and uses that to cook the sheera in it. Its a favorite in our house.

  6. Is it called gulpavate ?

  7. I get a lot of tiny lumps.. Wat am I doing wrong?

  8. Purvi, it means that the wheat has not been roasted well enough. It should be roasted on slow fire till it turns light golden brown and aroma becomes strong.

  9. I love tis Sheera

  10. I have to send this sheera to Canada from india .. Would it remain fresh ? Since it has preservatives like ghee and sugar…?

  11. It will remain fine for a day, not more.

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