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Halwa is a common sweet dish in India. There are different types of halwas in India that are made from different ingredients like coconut, carrot, pumpkin, bottle gourd, pineapple, and more. While most halwas are sweet, there is one unique halwa that tastes sweet, and slightly tangy, it is called Tomato Halwa. 

Made with fresh tomatoes, dollops of ghee, and sugar, tomato halwa is easy to make, and a delight to eat. Also, making the halwa requires no fancy techniques. Rich in colour with glossy texture, tomato halwa looks like Karachi halwa, except it does not involve using any flour.

Preparation time of Tomato Halwa: 60 minutes  

Ingredients needed for Tomato Halwa

  • Tomatoes
  • Sugar
  • Ghee (150g)
  • Cardamom powder

Method for making Tomato Halwa

  • Heat water in pan, make a small cut at the bottom of the tomatoes and blanche them.
  • Take out the tomatoes, peel the skin, deseed, chop into small pieces and keep them aside.
  • Melt some sugar in a pan with water, and make a single-thread sugar syrup.
  • Keep stirring the syrup, until the sugar dissolves completely.
  • In a separate pan, heat some ghee, and cook the tomatoes in it.
  • Once the tomatoes start becoming soft, slowly add the sugar syrup, keep stirring the mixtures. Add a pinch of cardamom powder.
  • Let the tomatoes cook for a few more minutes.
  • Finally, garnish the halwa with some chopped nuts. Transfer the halwa to a serving plate and serve! 

About Tomato Halwa 

While the exact origin of tomato halwa is unknown, it is widely believed that it has existed in the south, especially in Tamil Nadu for a long time. Known as Thakali Halwa, the dish is typically made with fresh tomatoes, but some recipes also use tomato puree and canned tomato pulp to get a smooth texture. The natural tanginess and the sweetness of the tomato lends the dish its flavour, and you can adjust the sugar content as per your preference.

Gourmet Getaways by Club Mahindra

At Club Mahindra resorts, we strive to serve our patrons the best of the local cuisine. The chefs at the restaurants in our resorts bring with them years of experience and expertise. They have a deep understanding of flavour profiles, and every dish they create is high on flavour, and taste.

Our chefs also source the best local ingredients and use the best culinary techniques to make our guests' every meal unforgettable! While holidaying at the Club Mahindra resorts, you can enjoy a range of Indian delicacies like Tomato halwa and other international dishes.

About Club Mahindra Chef – Debraj Bhaumik

Trained in many international cuisines like Italian, Mexican, and Lebanese, and having worked in the middle east under eminent chefs of the world, Chef Debraj Bhaumik is a culinary master. With over 26 years of experience, Chef Bhaumik has won many coveted awards, including the National Award – Chef of the Year in 2007.

Currently the Cluster Executive Chef at Club Mahindra Tamil Nadu and Karnataka resorts, Chef Bhaumik has an undying passion for Indian cuisine. He has done extensive research on the different regional cuisines in India. He has been using all his knowledge, skills, and techniques to curate the best menu for the patrons at Club Mahindra resorts.

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