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25/07/2014

Rose Halwa With Macerated Strawberries

rose halwa with macerated strawberries recipe | Halal Home Cooking
 As-Salaamu Alaykum,

I first saw this rose halwa which is a fragrant agar set milk jelly over on Faaiza's blog Modest Munchies.
Instantly drawn in by the pink hue I knew it was something I had to make!
mine isn't pink because I didn't have the rooh afza / rose syrup required and seem to have mislaid my small jar of pink colour paste.
rose halwa with macerated strawberries recipe | Halal Home Cooking
After seeing another commenter ask if rose water could be used instead I was all ears eyes and indeed it can along with sugar and optional food colouring.
rose halwa with macerated strawberries recipe | Halal Home Cooking
I still wanted the pop of colour. It just so happened  ma shaa Allah we had a punnet of fresh English strawberries then I remembered the combo of strawberry and rose works well together but I didn't want too much contrast in texture so I macerated the strawberries.
rose halwa with macerated strawberries recipe | Halal Home Cooking
I was familiar with the concept but didn't have a clue what it really meant, until afterwards I looked up the term macerate which is a culinary term: to soften by soaking in liquid and can also mean to cause to waste away by fasting which is apt since it's Ramadan the month of fasting for Muslims and during this month our hearts soften in obedience to and remembrance of Allah.
rose halwa with macerated strawberries recipe | Halal Home Cooking
After the month of Ramadan we have a celebration called EID al fitr. This halwa is a welcomed addition to our EID table. I'm sharing this recipe to Asiya from Chocolate and Chillies & Sarah from Flour and Spice 's virtual party EID Eats!

rose halwa with macerated strawberries recipe | Halal Home Cooking 

Rose Halwa (Jelly) With Macerated Strawberries

Adapted from Modest Munchies
Serves: 3
UK Cup = 250 millilitres

Ingredients

2 Cups whole milk
3/4 teaspoon agar agar powder
2 tablespoon rose water (or to taste)
3-5 tablespoon white sugar (i used granulated and again to taste)
1/2 cup cream (i used single but any suitable for cooking is fine)
To serve:
macerated strawberries
optional ground whole almonds and saffron threads

Method

  1. Place milk into a small saucepan on high heat. Add in agar agar, rose water and sugar, stir constantly until milk starts to bubble and agar is dissolved. 
  2. Add cream and bring the mixture to a full boil then switch off the heat. Pour liquid through fine mesh sieve into a medium sized bowl then pour mixture into ramekin or desired vessel. Set aside to cool then place in fridge. 
  3. Wash and slice strawberries then place in a bowl, sprinkle with sugar add a little water from a freshly boiled kettle(you could add some more rose water at this stage) stir then set aside to soften.
  4.  Before serving top each halwa with strawberries, almonds and saffron. Serve with more strawberries on the side. 

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21 Comments:

At 25 July 2014 at 12:32 , Blogger madiha Shafi said...

Eid Mubarak sister !! This looks delicious !!

 
At 25 July 2014 at 13:21 , Blogger Aiza said...

My internet connection sucks so I can't see half the images on this post. But rose halwa is a pretty great concept. And the addition of strawberries? Yum. Great job Asmaa.

 
At 25 July 2014 at 14:13 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

Wa Iyaki. Thank you!

 
At 25 July 2014 at 14:15 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

Thank you Aiza and yes i couldn't decide which image i liked best so i pretty much posted them all lol

 
At 25 July 2014 at 14:23 , OpenID iamnee18 said...

Alaikumi Salam. :)
This dessert looks so enticing and delicious!! I hope you had a wonderful Ramadan and an early Eid Mubarak greetings to you and your family. <3

 
At 25 July 2014 at 14:41 , OpenID sarahmir said...

What a lovely dish! I love Faaizas blog as well. This looks scrumptious and festive!

 
At 25 July 2014 at 14:43 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

Thank you sister for stopping, may Allah accept your fasting and good deeds this month. Have a blessed EID to you and your family.

 
At 25 July 2014 at 15:00 , Blogger Kelly H said...

Looks so sweet & summery ♥

 
At 25 July 2014 at 15:10 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

Thank you Sarah and thank you for hosting this event along with asiya.

 
At 25 July 2014 at 15:14 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

Thank Kel you should try it sometime when you get your hands on a bottle of rose water :)

 
At 25 July 2014 at 15:14 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

Thank you*

 
At 25 July 2014 at 16:21 , Blogger Asiya Baig said...

This halwa is a perfect dessert for Eid! Thank you for participating Eid Eats 2014!

 
At 25 July 2014 at 17:01 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

:) thank you for having me.

 
At 25 July 2014 at 17:49 , Blogger Wardah said...

This is so creative Mashallah! I love that you combined something traditional like halwa with something not - strawberries. The combination is making my mouth water! Can't wait to try this recipe! An early Eid Mubarak to you!

 
At 25 July 2014 at 20:44 , Blogger Carrie Rashid said...

These look so pretty and delicate. I love just about anything with rosewater.

 
At 25 July 2014 at 21:54 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

Thank you for your kind words Wardah. I do try to mix it up now and again with flavours old and new. Eid Mubarak to you and your family.

 
At 25 July 2014 at 21:59 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

They are very delicate thats why i didn't turn the jelly out onto a plate for fear it would collapse :) Thank you Carrie for stopping by.

 
At 26 July 2014 at 14:55 , Blogger Sadaf F K. said...

Perfect dessert for Eid with beautiful photography, I'm drooling Asma! Rose water and Srawberries in there is calling my name seriously. :)

 
At 26 July 2014 at 15:05 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

Jazak Allahu Khair Sadaf have a blessed EID and i hope you feel better very soon.

 
At 11 August 2014 at 12:18 , Blogger Faaiza Osman said...

How did I miss this??? It looks delicious! Love the addition of the macerated strawberries.

 
At 11 August 2014 at 13:15 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

As-Salaamu Alaykum Faaiza,
Sorry I should have given you a shout out on Instagram or something thank you for stopping by and for the recipe!

 

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