Recipe – Vegan Walnut & Raisin Semolina Halava

This is a delicious Indian dessert I believe everyone must try. I have changed
the recipe to make it suitable for vegans.
Vegan Walnut & Raisin Semolina Halava
Preparation and Cooking times – approx. 30 minutes
Serves – 6 persons

Ingredients
2 3/4 cups water
1 1/4 cups stevia (You can use fruit sugar – fructose)
140g (5 ounces) vegan margarine (I use Nuttelex Australia brand)
1 1/4 cups coarse grained semolina
1/3 cup walnuts
1/3 cup raisins

Combinethe water, vegan margarine and raisins Place over moderate heat, stirring to dissolve
the sugar.
Melt the vegan margarine in a 2- or 3-litre/quart saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally.
Add the semolina, and slowly and rhythmically stir-fry the grains for about 20 minutes, or until they
darken to a tan colour and become aromatic. Add the walnuts to the grains towards the end of the
toasting process.
Raise the heat bring the sugar, water and raisins to a rolling boil. Raise the heat under the semolina for 1
minute, stirring continuously. Remove the saucepan of semolina from the heat, and slowly pour the hot
syrup into the semolina, stirring steadily.
The grains may at first splutter, but will quickly cease as the liquid is absorbed.
Return the halava to the stove and stir steadily over very low heat until the grains fully absorb the
liquid, start to form into a pudding-like consistency, and pull away from the sides of the pan. Place
a tight-fitting lid on the saucepan and cook over the lowest possible heat for 5 minutes. A heat-diffuser
works well. Removed the covered saucepan from the heat and allow the halava to steam for an additional
5 minutes. Serve hot.

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