Halbai|Rice Halwa|Rice Cake

Halbai is a delicacy that is prepared during Durga Pooja/Navaratri and other festivals in Karnataka. It is one the easiest and tastiest sweets to prepare, and is health friendly. It has soft and fluffy texture, and has a rich flavour of coconut and jaggery. This is one of my favourite recipes that my grandmother used to prepare and I am providing you all the same simple steps so you all can make the delicious Halbai at home.


  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup jaggery
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp Ghee or vegan butter
  • 6-7 roasted cashews


  1. Wash and soak rice in water for 2 hours. Drain and rinse.
  2. Add rice, salt, and coconut in a blender/mixer, along with 1/4th cup of water. Grind it to a smooth paste.
  3. Take a large bottom pan, add jaggery and 2(3/4) cup of water, and dissolve completely. Now turn on the stove, add rice paste to the pan and stir well.
  4. Add ghee or vegan butter now, mix well. Cook for another 10-15 mins while stirring in between.
  5. The mixture will start getting separated from the ghee/vegan butter when it’s, and also it will have a glossy finish.
  6. Grease a round shaped pan, and pour the mixture into the pan, decorate with cashews and let it set for 30 mins .
  7. Cut the halbai into equal shaped squares when it cools down.

This is can be refrigerated upto 5 days.

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Hi, I am Shruthi. The food blog focuses on vegetarian recipes that are made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Some of the recipes are dairy-free. The goal is to create and share recipes that anyone can make. Simple and easy.

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