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Figs and Coconut Halwa Dumplings

Figs and Coconut Halwa Dumplings

Halwa Dumplings

Halwa is a dessert that is usually contains nuts, dried fruits and flour. Here, fresh, handpicked figs are used to make it deliciously sweet as a dumpling stuffing.
By Priya Mahadevan

Halwa Dumplings

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Figs and Coconut Halwa

  • Author: Priya Mahadevan
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6-8 1x


Halwa is a dessert that is usually contains nuts, dried fruits and flour. This time I used fresh, handpicked figs to make this delicious sweet. In this recipe I have used it to stuff what are known as sweet rice dumplings or Kozhakattais, which are normally offered to the Hindu Elephant faced God, Ganesha.


  • For the Stuffing
  • 16 Ripe or almost ripe Figs
  • 1 cup of grated Coconut
  • 1 cup of jaggery
  • 1 tsp of powdered cardamom
  • 2 tsp of water
  • For the dumpling shell
  • 2 cups of rice flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1tsp of sesame oil


  1. For the Stuffing
  2. Powder your jaggery – they usually come in blocks and can be found at the Indian store
  3. In a saucepan, add 2 tsp of water and the jaggery
  4. Let it become syrupy
  5. Add the powdered cardamom
  6. Follow it with the coconut and let it cook in the jaggery until the water from the jaggery is completely gone and the mix is thick and stuffable
  7. Remove from flame and allow it to cool
  8. Shell
  9. In the meantime, sift the rice flour
  10. Roast it for literally a minute in a wide pan
  11. Now add the water and salt and what I do is spin it once in the blender so that it is a pasty fluid
  12. Pour this liquid into a saucepan and stir away until the rice flour cooks
  13. Stirring helps avoid knots in the dough
  14. When the white fluid thickens and comes off the sides, add the oil
  15. The color will not be white anymore and the dough will have assumed a cooked look.
  16. Switch off and cover with a cloth so that it does not dry out.


This Halwa is a stand alone dish and can be served by itself or as a hot topping with ice cream or even greek yogurt

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins


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