Khus Khus Halwa | Gasagasala Halwa | Post ka Halwa

Poppy seeds or Khus Khus (also called gasagasalu in Telugu) are known for their somnolent or sleep inducing properties. So, last week when my father was unwell and not sleeping to well, I made this Khus Khus Halwa for him.  As a bonus, since he likes sweets, it also made him happy to eat it. 🙂

A Bowl of Khus Khus Halwa | Gasagasala Halwa | Poppy Seeds Halwa
Khus Khus Halwa | Gasagasala Halwa | Poppy Seeds Halwa

Called Khus Khus Jo Seero in Sindh, Post ka Halwa in Himachal Pradesh, and Gasagasala Hawla in Telugu, this dessert is very easy to make and is quite popular across India. It is essentially a solid version of the Gasagasala Payasam |Khus Khus Kheer I have written about earlier.

Khus Khus or Poppy Seeds are much maligned (banned in some countries) because they are the base from which opium and morphine are produced. If we can look past this fact, we will realise that Poppy Seeds are are highly nutritious with high concentrations of iron, calcium, phosphorous, and zinc.

A moderate consumption of Khus Khus is actually quite beneficial for health. One way to use khus khus is to soak and grind it to a fine paste, and then add this creamy paste to gravies or in place of/in addition to ground onion, etc.

Coming back to Khus Khus Halwa, the focus should be on soaking the poppy seeds well because otherwise the halwa will have a rather unpalatable grainy texture because poppy seeds are notoriously difficult to grind. The rest of the recipe is rather easy. 🙂

Khus Khus Halwa | Post ka Halwa | Gasagasala Halwa
Khus Khus Halwa | Post ka Halwa | Gasagasala Halwa

How to Make Khus Khus Halwa | Gasagasala Halwa | Post ka Halwa | Poppy Seeds Halwa

Khus Khus Halwa | Gasagasala Halwa | Post ka Halwa | Poppy Seeds Halwa

Khus Khus Halwa or Poppy Seeds Halwa is super easy to make and quite different in taste from other halwas. Called Gasagasala Halwa in Telugu, this dessert is not overly sweet and hits just the right notes post a heavy meal.

Course: Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine: Himachal Pradesh, Indian Food
Servings: 6 Servings
Author: Aruna
Ingredients
  • 100 gms Khus Khus, Gasagasalu, Poppy Seeds
  • 100 gms Sugar
  • 225 ml Milk
  • 3 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 2-3 tbsp Sliced Almonds
Instructions
  1. In about 2 cups of water, soak the khus khus overnight (or for at least 8 hours).

  2. Drain all the water from the khus khus.

  3. Grind the soaked khus khus to a fine paste.  Use a little water or milk if needed.

  4. In a large heavy bottomed kadai or pan, over medium heat, heat 2 tbsp ghee.

  5. Add the poppy seeds paste and saute till it becomes aromatic and just starts to change colour.

  6. Turn the heat to low, add the sugar and cardamom powder, and mix well.

  7. Gradually add the milk and mix well.

  8. Mix well to ensure there are no lumps.

  9. Over medium heat, let the Khus Khus Halwa cook till the milk is fully absorbed and the poppy seed paste is well cooked. Stir at regular intervals.

  10. Turn the heat off and transfer the Khus Khus Halwa into a serving bowl.

  11. Drizzle the remaining ghee and garnish with the almond slivers.

  12. Enjoy hot!

 

Recipe with Step-by-Step Instructions to Make Khus Khus Halwa | Gasagasala Halwa | Post ka Halwa | Poppy Seeds Halwa

  1. Soaking the Poppy Seeds: The Most Important Step
    1. Cover the poppy seeds with enough water and soak them overnight (or for at least 8 hours). If you do not soak the poppy seeds enough, they will be difficult to grind and/or cook.

    2. Drain all the water from the poppy seeds. I used a soup strainer.

    3. Using a little milk, grind the soaked poppy seeds to a fine paste.
  2. Making the Khus Khus Halwa | Gasagasala Halwa | Post ka Halwa
    1. Choose a a heavy bottomed kadai large enough to mix the halwa comfortably.
    2. Over a medium flame, heat the kadhai and melt 2 tbsp ghee.
    3. To the melted ghee, add the poppy seeds paste.
    4. Stir-fry the poppy seed paste till it starts to change colour and becomes aromatic.
    5. Reduce the heat to low, and add the sugar and cardamom powder to the fried poppy paste.
    6. Mix well and stir-fry for about a minute.
    7. When the sugar is well-incorporated, add the milk.
    8. Immediately mix well to ensure that the poppy seed mix blends well with the milk with no lumps.
    9. Over medium heat, cook the mix till the milk is fully absorbed and the poppy seed paste is well cooked. Keep stirring at regular intervals to ensure that the halwa does not stick to the kadhai.
  3. When the Khus Khus Halwa is cooked, remove it from the heat off and transfer the into a serving bowl.
  4. Melt and drizzle the remaining ghee on the Halwa.
  5. Garnish with the almond slivers.
  6. Serve hot!
Gasagasala Halwa | Poppy Seeds Halwa | Post ka Halwa
Gasagasala Halwa | Poppy Seeds Halwa | Post ka Halwa

6 thoughts on “Khus Khus Halwa | Gasagasala Halwa | Post ka Halwa

  1. This sounds interesting. Had heard of kheer but not halwa. Got to try it and you are since it has morphine properties I can’t carry from India to stock it up. What I get here is too expensive ?????

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