I spent a lot of time at my friend Hemal’s house when I was growing up and her mom taught me how to cook Indian food. Because of that, I feel like Indian is my native cuisine. Halwa is a sweet dessert, but I like to make it a little less sweet and use it for special breakfasts. It’s typically made with semolina, but I found this gluten free version that uses Cream of Rice.
My tweaks: I use Earth Balance instead of ghee, palm sugar instead of jaggery and use under 1/4 cup of the palm sugar. It will still be sweet. I added chopped dates AND golden raisins.