Traditionally halwa making takes a very long process and I have shared the recipe already. You need a time and patience to attempt. When you make the same halwa with a less effort by using microwave, nothing like it. I do agree with the side effects of using microwave and personally I myself avoid using microwave many times.
This time, I wanted to finish off lot of over ripe bananas as well as tasteless apples and at the same time, I was pressed for time as well. That is how, I opted for this method and here is the procedure. I must tell you that, taste or texture wise there is no change or variation.
Here, I have not removed the outer skin of the apple and it was perfectly blended while cooking.
Banana – ¾ kg (over ripe one)
Apple – ¾ kg (any variety)
Sugar – 2 cups
Ghee – 4 to 6 tsp
Cardamom – 1 tsp (powdered)
Cashew bits – optional
-Here I have used my LG Microwave and opted for Gajar halwa under Indian Cooking setting and proceeded. As I write the method, I would mention the timing, so that any one can make this halwa by using any Microwave.
-Chop Banana and apples (with skin) and put it in a glass bowl (microwave safe)
-In LG Microwave, when I opted for microwave IC1 = Gajar halwa and in one cycle it runs for 14 min.
-So, cook for 13 to 14 minutes at first. After first cycle, mix everything properly and keep it for 2nd cycle (again 13 to 14 minutes)
-Remove the bowl, add sugar and mix everything properly and keep it for 3rd cycle (again 13 to 14 Minutes)
-After taking out, add 4 tsp of ghee and mix everything and keep it for 4th cycle (again 13 to 14 minutes)
-Lastly add 2 tsp of ghee and keep it for 5th cycle (again 13 to 14min) and at this time, it appears as non-sticky and turns into a mass like structure.
-Over all it took me 1 hour and 10 minutes but in between my work, I did it whenever I pleased and finishes the work 😀
-Add in roasted cashew bits. If needed, please cook for some more minutes and spread the mixture in a ghee applied plate.
-After it cools down, maybe overnight, cut into pieces and store it in an air tight box. It stays good and shelf life is very long.
Note: You can use only banana as well.