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Halbai | Rice Halwa

Traditional dessert recipe prepared using Rice, Coconut & Jaggery
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
soak time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Halbai, Sweet
Servings: 16 pieces
Author: Eateries Delightful


  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 1 cup sona masoori rice or long grain rice
  • 2 cups jaggery
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup Ghee or vegan butter or coconut oil plus more for greasing
  • 6-7 roasted cashews
  • pinch of cardamom //flavoring


  • Wash and soak rice in water for 2 hours or 1 hour in hot water. Drain and rinse.
  • Add rice, salt, and coconut in a blender/mixer, along with 1 cup of water. Grind it to a smooth paste.
  • 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. Add cardamom
  • The mixture will start getting separated from the ghee/vegan butter when it's is ready 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.


Substitution: Rice can be swapped with rava.
This is can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.