6 Ingredient – Halbai Rice Halwa | Rice Cake

rice cake halbai

Halbai is a delicacy that is prepared during Durga Pooja/Navaratri and other festivals in Karnataka. It is one of the easiest and tastiest sweets to prepare and is health-friendly. It has a soft and fudgy texture and has a rich flavor of coconut and jaggery. This is one of the recipes that mum makes, and it is our family’s favorite. I am sharing all the same simple steps so you all can make the delicious Halbai at home. This is also vegan.

How to make Halbai | Rice Cake?

Wash and soak rice for 2 hours.

Grind coconut & rice along with little water and salt until smooth.

In a pan, add Jaggery and water. Allow it to melt.

Then add ground rice-coconut paste and cook for 10-15 mins in low- medium consistency.

Keep stirring to make sure there are no lumps & add ghee.

Cook until the dough starts separating from the pan, and ghee starts leaving from the sides.

Transfer it to a greased plate, and allow it to cool.

Garnish with cashews, and cut it to the desired shape.

I hope you like the recipe. It is –

  • Fudgy
  • Sweetened by Jaggery
  • Coconut Infused
  • & incredibly delicious.

Halbai | Rice Cake

Traditional dessert recipe prepared using Rice, Coconut & Jaggery
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Halbai, Sweet
Servings: 16 pieces
Author: Eateries Delightful


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


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


This is can be refrigerated up to 5 days.

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