Ajwain Halwa

By Nmami Agarwal     06-Aug 2018

Ajwain Halwa

The new mums are offered special delicacies during the initial days after childbirth. These foods help in healing, recovery and offer vital nutrients to the newly born and the mother. This traditional Indian dish is helpful in aiding digestion and lactation as well as to cleanse the uterus. While you do need an extra dose of extra calories in breastfeeding, it’s equally important to stick to a healthy approach to avoid unnecessary weight gain. Indulge in this traditional recipe of savoury & sweet halwa which can be best enjoyed post lunch or meals.

Nutritional Benefits – Carom Seeds (ajwain) has immense benefits to help the nursing mothers post delivery in numerous ways. It not only helps in promoting the internal body healing but also acts as a galactagogue in increasing the milk production in lactating mothers. They are also believed to contain some anaesthetic properties which can relieve back pain, strengthen the muscles and help in recovering from childbirth.


  • Wheat flour- 30 grams

  • Ghee – 1 tsp.

  • Jaggery – 2 tsp

  • Powdered carom seeds (ajwain)- ½ tsp

  • Dry ginger powder (saunth)- ¼ Tsp

  • A pinch of cardamom powder

  • Water – 150 ml

Serving – 1

Calories – 188.3 kcal

Course – Post Lunch or Mid Meal

Method –

  • Start with heating ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel. Add whole wheat flour in the pan and roast on medium flame until it turns golden brown and the ghee starts to separate.
  • Now add the powdered ajwain (carom seeds) and saunth (dry ginger).  Stir the mixture for a few minutes. Also, add jaggery, stir and mix it well.
  • Pour 150ml of water and stir the mixture. Cook until it thickens to the consistency of halwa.
  • Remove from the stove. Garnish the halwa with a pinch of cardamom powder. Serve hot.

Over To You –

With tradition and respect, it’s certainly important to eat healthy and indulge in this recipe, to let the goodness of carom seeds enhance your savoury and sweet cravings. Make sure you stick to a healthy and a balanced regime to give your child the best nourishment.


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Pinaca is a traditional Goan sweet dish. This dish is made by Goan rice, jaggery and plenty of coconut. Pinaca are usually made into sweet balls and can be consumed all year long. This simple sweet dish is easy to make yet high in nutrient value.

Nutritional value
Pinaca balls are high on nutrition as they contain jaggery, which is good source of iron, naturally occurring B vitamins, minerals like phosphorus, zinc, calcium and copper. Coconut contains lauric acid, which helps to increases good HDL cholesterol, also cytokinin’s present in coconut have showed anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic effects.


40 grams Goan rice flour
¼ fresh coconut
1 tablespoon Jaggery
1 tablespoon desiccated grated coconut
Pinch of cardamom powder
Nuts (optional)
Coconut water (optional)

Calories- 217 kcal
Carbs- 28.6 grams
Protein- 1.9 grams
Fats- 10.3 grams

Course- Dessert


First take the Goan rice and dry roast it on a tawa or pan.

Cool the rice and later powder them in a grinder.

Now take jaggery, crush it and grind it along with coconut, also add pinch of cardamom powder. Grind them on a round grinding stone if possible, otherwise just use a grinder.

Take this mixture out and keep adding flour, a little at a time and just mix it well with your hands. Add coconut water if needed.

Mix well and form small balls out of this mixture.

Nuts can also be added to the mixture. (optional)

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