I belong to a Brahmin family , and yes we fast a lot ( I being the only exception) . But, when we do fast , we fast in style. Who said you can’t have a filling meal during a fast? You just need to tweek the menu a bit 😉 , and we are masters at that , aren’t we?
There are a lot of food items , that are allowed during fasting . And we tend to make the most royal and rich dishes using them . So If it’s sabudana , its sabudana vada. If its potatoes , its potato sheera. If its fruits , it’s a creamy fruit salad. And if its buckwheat , it’s this buckwheat flour halwa!
It is a rather simple preparation , involving only 3 main ingredients. The only skill required is patience . You need to slowly roast the buckwheat flour in clarified butter till it changes color to a brown shade ( taking care not to burn it ).
Adding jaggery gives it a rustic sweet flavor and also a dark chocolate color.
I introduced it to the kids saying it was chocolate halwa. They were smart enough to tell , there wasn’t any chocolate in it, just after the first bite . But nevertheless , they at least took the first bite and liked it too.
Sharing the recipe here ! Enjoy !