How to make Sohan Halwa - Traditional Indian sweet recipe

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Main Ingredients : Arrowroot (अरारूट), Sugar (चीनी)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Mithais

Sohan Halwa Recipe Card

Sohan Halwa

History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 31-40 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Difficult

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Sohan Halwa Recipe

  • Arrowroot 2 cups + 1

  • Sugar

  • Tartaric acid 1/2 teaspoon

  • Sugar 4 1/2 cups

  • Ghee 1 1/2 cups

  • Orange colour 1/2 teaspoon

  • Melon seeds (magaz) 2 tablespoons

  • Cashewnuts chopped 15

  • Almonds chopped 15

  • Pistachios chopped 20


Step 1

Soak arrowroot in four cups of water for half an hour. Remove excess water from top.

Step 2

Grease a tray or a thali. Soak tartaric acid. Mix sugar with half its quantity of water and cook to make syrup. Add tartaric acid and cook till it reaches one string consistency. Add edible orange colour to the syrup and mix.

Step 3

Add arrowroot little by little and cook stirring continuously. Meanwhile roast melon seeds in another pan. Add cashewnuts, almonds and pistachios and roast till a nice aroma is given out.

Step 4

When the arrowroot begins to thicken, add ghee, a little at a time, and cook stirring continuously till all the ghee has been incorporated. When the mixture begins to form into a ball add three fourths of the roasted nuts and mix.

Step 5

Pour onto the greased tray or thali and spread. Smoothen the top. Sprinkle the remaining nuts on the top. Cool slightly and cut into diamonds or squares.

Step 6

Separate the pieces when cooled and serve.