Varango Halwa(Karachi Halwa)


  • 1/2          cup corn starch
  • 1             cup tapioca
  • 21/2        cups water
  • 21/2        cups sugar
  • 21/2        cups butter
  • 1/4          tsp crushed elechi seeds
  • 1/4          tsp jiefer powder
  • 1/4          tsp saffron
  • 1/4          tsp orange colour 
  • 1             lb nuts, slivered almonds, pistachio, cashew


  1. Soak starch overnight in 2 1/2 cups water.
  2. Grease a 9in sandwich pan or a jello mould or small moulds.
  3. Sprinkle the bottom of the dish with 1/5 of the nuts.
  4. In the morning add the sugar and melted butter and the rest of the ingredients except the nuts.
  5. Mix well and cook on med to high heat, stirring frequently.  The mixture will start to thicken and the butter will start to separate. Add  3/4 of the nuts, mix well and cook on medium heat, stirring continuously till the mixture thickens up and leaves the side of the pan.
  6. You can remove the extra butter, pour the rest in the dish and let it cool down completely.
  7. Turn the halwa on the serving dish and serve.
  8. This halwa tastes good a little warm.  Warm it in a microwave.

Oven Method.

  1. Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. When the halwa starts to thicken, put the saucepan in the oven, stir it every 10 min.  It will take about 45 minutes to cook.

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