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Sugary transaction: Sweeten Nirmala Sitharaman's maiden Budget with Pooja Dhingra's halwa recipe

If you are on a budget, there's an pocket-friendly option too to make 'halwa'.

, ET Bureau|
Jul 06, 2019, 08.54 AM IST
Pooja Dhingra's 'Budget Halwa' will spread some cheer.
Pooja Dhingra's 'Budget Halwa' will also spread some cheer.
Want to know what the 'Halwa Ceremony' is? Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur and senior officials of the ministry observe the ‘Halwa’ ceremony (and give it a quick stir) to mark the launch of the formal printing of documents relating to the Union Budget 2019-20. The halwa is then served to the staff. After that, officials and support staff directly associated with the Budget-making and printing process are required to stay in the ministry and remain cut off from their families till the presentation of the Budget in the Lok Sabha.

Sweeten up the Budget announcements with chef Pooja Dhingra’s special halwa recipe:

Dhingra’s Halwa

Half a cup of ghee
1 cup semolina
2 cups hot milk
1 pinch of saffron dissolved in 30 ml of warm water
3/4th cup sugar
10 roasted almonds peeled and sliced
10 raisins
10 roasted cashews (crushed)
1/2 tsp cardamom powder

- In a medium-sized kadai, roast the semolina in the ghee.
- When the semolina turns brown and is fragrant, switch off the flame and slowly pour in the hot milk. Be sure to continuously stir while pouring the milk.
- Add the sugar, saffron, almonds, cashew and cardamom and keep stirring till the milk absorbs and the halwa starts leaving the sides of the pan.

On a budget? We’ve got you covered with 'Budget Halwa'

Half cup of ghee
1 cup semolina
2.5 cups hot water
3/4th cup sugar
1/2 tsp cardamom powder

- In a medium-sized kadai, roast the semolina in the ghee.
- When the semolina turns brown, switch off the flame and slowly pour the hot water. Stir continuously while pouring the water. Switch to low-medium flame and add the sugar and cardamom.
- Keep stirring till it is absorbed and the halwa starts leaving the sides of the pan.

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5 Jul, 2019
'Make In India' is a cherished goal, said FM Nirmala Sitharama during her maiden Budget speech, and the sentiments truly reflected so.The 59-year-old minister batted for initiatives and policies by reducing import dependence and facilitating domestic manufacturers.While many things like seeds, nuts, fuel, gold, woollen garments have become expensive for middle-class Indians, new benefits made leather products and electric vehicles affordable.Here's a look at the items that got costlier and what became cheaper after Sitharaman's debut Budget.

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