Feb 1, 2009

Mahim Halwa

Was Mahim Halwa first made in Mahim, Mumbai? According to Ram Joshi - part owner of Joshi Budhakaka Mahim Halwawala, it was first made by his great grandfather in 1780s. Girdhar Mavji had walked all the way from Gurjat to Mumbai in the eighteenth century to set up a shop here.

Mahim Halwa is made in technicolor translucent square pieces by mixing malt, sugar, clarified butter, and dry fruits and stirring them under heat for 30-35 minutes. The creamy liquid is them poured over wooden pads in thin layer to cool. That's really it. The pieces are cut, packed separated by butter paper, and they are ready to go.