Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Thirattupal or Milk Halwa with Ricotta Cheese & Apple

As you keep reading my blogs you will conclude that I have a sweet tooth and one that is too strong...:-)) I am crazy about sweets from childhood though I would say my craving for sweets has come down to a very large extent in the recent years! Thanks to consciousness about health and fitness.

But if someone places a plate of sweets in front of me and expects me to behave like a Sage....sorry...am not in for that game! Well, this time around no one gave me a platter of sweets but my fridge presented itself with all the leftovers I needed to satiate my cravings:-)

It had the left over ricotta cheese from my Lasagna evening, left over condensed milk from krishna jayanthi day, left over 3/4 of an apple...now that is not strange in our house! As I have mentioned in my earlier post on the Apple milkshake ....this is truly a forbidden fruit..;-) and ofcourse there was this exactly half stick of butter too....that was some coincidence! The outcome of all these leftovers was this supper yummy "thiratupal" or "milk halwa" which I would say is now hardly left over....

Now, this recipe I know is all over the net and I have made it myself a couple of times before but not with Apples! That was quite an idea! I simply wanted to use the left over apple and decided to grate it in and the result was this super yummy and perfectly coloured halwa! Ofcourse I made it in the microwave....

(alter proportions as needed...below is all what I had & used up:-))

- 3/4 of 15oz pack Ricotta Cheese
- 1/3 of 14oz tin of sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 stick of unsalted butter approx 4 tbsp
- 3/4 apple, skin peeled & grated
- 6 tbsp of sugar - powdered
- 2 tbsp milk, i used 1%

Prep time: 5 mins                     Cook time: 30 mins

- In a microwave safe  bowl, add the ricotta cheese, butter, grated apple and condensed milk.
- Warm the milk and pour it in the condensed milk tin. Milk is mainly to get all of the condensed milk from the tin:-)!
Apple changes to this caramel colour the instant you grate them
- Place it in the microwave and heat for 3 minutes. At the end of 3 minutes, remove the bowl, mix all ingredients together. Now, add the powdered sugar to this and mix well.
End of 1st 3 minutes of heating
- Place the bowl in the microwave and heat for a further 3 to 4 minutes. Keep checking so that the mix does not spill out.
At the end of 8 minutes
- Every 4 minutes, stop heating and stir up the bowl to ensure the sweet gets cooked evenly.
At the end of 15 minutes
- The sweet is ready once the ingredients come together and all the butter and milk gets absorbed well.
- It took me about 21 minutes to finish up! This time might vary depending on your microwave. So, pls use your judgement.
At the end of 21 minutes....Done!
- The addition of apples gives a very nice colour and flavour to this halwa. You could add some coarsely ground dates too for additional taste and colour!

This recipe is participating in ABC Series - A for Apple being hosted by Ramya..

Sending the recipe to Friday Potluck at Show and Tell by Vatsala


  1. lovely dessert..would you like to link this to my apple event?
    ONGOING EVENT: ABC Series - A for Apple

  2. ofcourse Ramya...thanks for that...i actually wanted to link it but was wondering who was hosting....thx a bunch...will do it!

  3. thiratupal looks lovely hyma, I used to use condensed milk only, nice idea!!

  4. Halwa with apple very interesting & yummy.

  5. Hi Hyma,This is my first time in ur luvly space full of yummy recipes.This thirattupaal Apple Halwa luks divinely delicious.Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I love this dessert.. sounds so yummy.. I have a huge sweet tooth too..

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  9. Guess the addition of apples did the curdling job. Good idea.

  10. Looks yum ..love these too ...

  11. yummy dessert. seems quite easy in microwave..

  12. Thanks so much all of you for all the wonderful comments and links!
    @Jay....the ricotta cheese gives u the curdling in the halwa..apple i feel has added to the colour:-)

  13. Wowww Yummmm!!!!!
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  14. OMG!!! What an absolutely delicious & irresistible halwa!!!
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  15. wow... delicious.. would love to try this.. You have a beautiful blog very yummy recipes. loved it :)

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  17. Ramya...pls scroll down and check...its already taken and posted:-)

  18. Delicious addition of apple to palkova and a twist to the traditional taste :) I will try it too, next time...