Cook's Hideout: Lapsi (Broken Wheat Halwa)

December 12, 2012

Lapsi (Broken Wheat Halwa)

For the 3rd day under "Traditional Dishes" theme for this week's Blogging Marathon, I made Lapsi. Lapsi is made with broken wheat, ghee (clarified butter), sugar and milk (or water). From what I gather lapsi is very common in Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Traditionally broken wheat is sauteed in rather large quantities of ghee (clarified butter), but I used about 3tbsp of ghee for about ½cup of broken wheat. Broken wheat takes a little longer to cook and sugar should be added only after the wheat is thoroughly cooked.

All the recipes I've seen on the web have used broken wheat that is a little coarse, but I had fine wheat rawa in my pantry, so my lapsi looks a little smooth and not as grainy.
I used a combination of evaporated milk (left after making carrot kheer) and water, but using only water will also make delicious lapsi.

Broken Wheat - ½cup
Evaporated Milk - 1½cup (use regular milk or just water instead)
Sugar - 5tbsp (or more to taste)
Ghee (Clarified Butter) - 3tbsp
Ground Cardamom - a pinch
Cashews & Almonds - 2tbsp
Raisins - 1tbsp

  • Heat 1tbsp ghee in a small saute pan, fry the nuts and raisins until golden brown. Remove and set aside.
  • To the same pan, add 2tbsp ghee and add the broken wheat and cook until it starts to smell nutty and fragrant.
  • Add the milk and 1 cup water; bring the mixture to a boil; lower the heat and simmer the mixture until the broken wheat is cooked through, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Next add the sugar; mixture will become liquidy and slowly will start to thicken. Cook until the mixture thickens considerably, another 10 minutes.
  • Finally add the cardamom and fried nuts and raisins. Serve hot or cold or at room temperature.
Here's fellow marathoner, Chef Mireille's version of Lapsi.
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up today for BM# 23.


  1. Lovely sweet.. Love it any time..

  2. like this wheat payasam..though a bit time taking..definitely worth the taste

  3. Give that bowl, feel like having rite now. Droolworthy rich looking lapsi.

  4. Pictures are truly wonderful. Must have tasted awesome too. Btw what's that pretty flower in the background?

  5. Pictures are truly wonderful. Must have tasted awesome too. Btw what's that pretty flower in the background?

    1. Thank you Nandini. Flower in the background is a fake one that I used as a prop.

  6. Nice one Pavani and clicks are wonderful as always...

  7. Pavani, as always your picture makes one get so hungry and want to grab at the well captured!..

  8. yours looks so nice and creamy and thanks for the linkback!

  9. lovely clicks...lapsi makes so much sense when there is nip in the air


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