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Karachi Halwa In a Mug

Karachi Halwa In a Mug

Happy Valentines’ Day Everyone!!! DO you need a last minute dessert idea for Valentine’s Day? Do you like Karachi Halwa? If your answer is ‘Yes’ to any of these two questions, then this post is for you. 2 minutes is all you need to make this delicious Karachi Halwa in a mug.

Karachi Halwa is a chewy and tasty Indian dessert everybody would love. It is also known as Bombay Halwa. It is made with cornstarch, sugar, cashew nuts and ghee. It can be flavored with saffron and cardamom. It is usually available in green, yellow and orange colors in the sweet shops in India. You can add any food color of your choice. I added pink food color to make a pink dessert, which is perfect for Valentine’s Day.

I recently shared Churros recipe for Valentine’s Day. You can find Churros recipe here. I also wanted to to share a quick and easy last minute dessert for the Valentine’s Day and sharing this Mug Halwa recipe today. This dessert is perfect for portion control. I wanted to post it today morning but I was occupied with other activities and couldn’t draft this post until now. It’s not too late for a sweet treat for your Valentine.



Corn starch – 1 Tbsp.( I used ARGO 100% Pure Corn starch. It is available in the grocery stores)

Water – 4 Tbsp.

Granulated white sugar – 3 Tbsp.

Food color – 1-2 drops(I used gel food color)

Ghee – 1/2 Tsp.

Cashew nuts(chopped) – 1 Tsp.


Step 1:

Add 1 Tbsp. Corn starch, 3 Tbsp. sugar and 4 Tbsp. water and 1 drop of food color in a microwave safe coffee mug. Mix all the contents in the mug. Make sure there are no lumps.

Step 2:

Place the mug in the microwave and microwave it on high power for 30 seconds. Stir the contents in the mug and microwave for another 30 seconds. Repeat the process two more times. (2 minutes of microwave time in all).


Step 3:

Add 1/2 Tsp. ghee and chopped cashew nuts. Stir well. Let it cool.

Step 4:

Enjoy the dessert in the mug or empty the contents into a greased plate/bowl. Cut it into desired shape using a knife or cookie cutter(I used a heart shape cookie cutter).

Note: If you do not want to use food color, you can add fruit juice to get the desired color. I added Blackberry juice instead of food color when I made it last time. I just pureed few black berries and strained the juice with a tea filter. It tasted great.


I also tried with brown sugar and Blueberry juice today. The color doesn’t look pretty with brown sugar but it tastes even better with brown sugar. I loved the taste with brown sugar.


Make this quick and easy microwavable Karachi Halwa(mug halwa) for your Valentine today!!!!

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