Bread Halwa – Indian Sweet

It takes quite some will to supress one’s appetite to indulge in a rich Indian sweet, be it a melt-in-the-mouth gulab jamun or bread halwa. But who can resist them? Over the past week we have been indulging ourselves with a lot of desserts – badam kheer, biscuit cake and bread halwa to name a few of the sinful temptations as we entertained friends at home.

Whenever there is left over bread at home, its either dried and crumbled to be used later as bread crumbs or more often than not, prepare bread halwa. Its simple to make and is a rich sweet which calls for a generous amount of sugar and ghee (clarified butter). Surely we should have the luxury of indulging ourselves, once in a while, to savor such sinful temptations!! -:)

Bite sized pieces of bread are fried in a generous amount of ghee till golden brown and then cooked in a milk, sugar and a paste of almonds and cashewnuts till soft and topped with almonds and cashews. The halwa has a rich sweet taste and can be served either warm or cold. I prefer my halwa warm as the halwa tends to be soft and has a nice mouth feel, while the cold halwa is not-so-soft as it tends to harden a bit. But the taste is heavenly either way.

Bread Halwa Recipe

Cooking Time: 30 mts

Cuisine: South Indian

Serves 6-7 persons



3/4 cup – 1 cup ghee (clarified butter)

1 loaf bread

6-8 cardamoms (elachi)

2 tbsps almonds (badam)

2 tbsps cashewnuts

1 lt milk (low fat)

1 ¼ cup sugar (increase or decrease as per your taste)

1 Tear the bread into bit sized pieces. Heat three fourth cup of ghee in a cooking vessel and add the bread pieces and fry them till they turn a golden brown.
2 Grind elachi, almonds and cashewnuts (leave a few toasted almonds and cashewnuts aside for garnish) to a fine paste.
3 Meanwhile boil the milk, add sugar and keep stirring it till it blends into the milk. Add the fried bread pieces and the remaining ghee to this mixture.
4 Let it simmer till the bread pieces turn soft and cook in the milk mixture. Combine the nuts paste. Garnish with the toasted almonds and cashewnuts.
4 Serve warm or refrigerate until chilled and serve. It tastes good both warm and cold.

Bread Halwa – Indian Sweet

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  bread


76 thoughts on “Bread Halwa – Indian Sweet

  1. sailaja ,

    this halwa looks great!!! can use whole weat bread instead white…?thanks for sharing.Hey!! i have tagged you for meme..awaiting to know abt you.thank you

  2. Sailu
    Bread halwa looks scrumptious 🙂
    Instead of frying the bread in ghee I always toast them in the oven by rubbing just a little bit of ghee on the top of each slice(just to feel less guilty when I eat it)

  3. Hi Sailu,
    Bread halwa chaala bagundi..aa cup ala ne photo nunchi theeskuvalanipisthundi 🙂 Double ka meetha laa ne undi, memu oka sari try chesamu, ghee lo near full slices ni fry chesaka…we shifted it to a tray, poured milk to saok the slices and left it in the oven for 20-30 mins. Eela chesthe bread slice shape alane untundi ani and dry fruits tho garnish matrame chesamu, next time paste cheyyadam try cheyyali. Thank you 🙂

  4. Hi Sailu, great recipe for festival days!! Yes! some recipes are laden with ghee but you don’t eat them everyday anyway, right?? 🙂
    Thanks for the recipe, worth the wait!!

  5. Hi

    This halwa looks good and will definately taste good and the best thing is that we call cook it faster thanks alot for this wonderful receipe.

  6. The Bread halwa looks very good. Thanxs for sharing such a good recipe. Also, I recently posted bottle gourd kheer on my website, please try it sometime, I am sure it would please your sweet tooth 🙂


  7. Hi Sailu,
    I really love your write-ups and presentation.
    Your Dosaavakaaya pics are mouth-watering.
    And the music tops everything.
    Good job!

  8. Came by for a visit but thought I had already left a comment here… perhaps I dreamed it? 🙂 This is so decadent I may have to save for Thanksgiving — my one big family meal served here in a year. I think it is the perfect way to introduce my folks to Indian cuisine. BTW never heard this soundtrack you have Sailu — usually have speakers off — I am a bird lover so really enjoyed.

  9. Hey,
    I am a student pursuing my master’s. I have a potluck tomorrow and I know exactly what to make now ‘coz this is so easy to make…..Thank you Sailaja 🙂

  10. Hi sailu!!

    Nice pics!!
    I usually prepare double-ka-meeta with bread. My recipe is somewhat similar to urs.
    I ll try ur version soon …thankyou for sharing!!

  11. Hi Sailu,

    How are you doing? I’ve been missing you. I just want to drop by and letting you know that I’m just thinking of you today. I hope all is well…


  12. Oh wow! Looks lovely, have never eaten this, I will give it a try soon.And your pakodas looked just like the one’s we get from street vendors in India…awesome..drool drool

  13. Hi Sailu:

    It has been a while talking to you. We are now back. Happy Diwali!

    Here is my personal invitation to you to participate at VCC Q3 2006. The deadline has been now extended. See you at the show!

    My Dhaba

  14. Hi Sailu,
    Just wanted to wish you a joyous Deepavali and also, tell you that I’m horribly missing your posts! Hope all is well and you put up another one of your amazing recipes soon!

  15. Hi Sailaja,

    first of all i want to thank you for ur lovely great receipes.

    I am jyothi from ongole. currently working in USA

    naku peddaga emi varieties cheyyatam radu. US vacchaka konni try chesanu kani baga raledu .

    edo receipe kosam search cheste me website chusanu.
    i tried califlower tomoto curry. it is very nice and my husband liked very much(ma husband ki califlower, cabbage istam undhadu kani mi recipe chala baga nacchindhi. eppudu thane califlower curry cheyyamani aduguthunnadu)
    After that i tried other receipes and all came well

    Thank U once again

  16. sailu garu…we love to eat bread halwa all the time but we dont know how to make it. U just made us known how to make bread halwa. Here everybody saying that u made a scrumptious bread halwa we try definety… Thank you…

  17. I made this. I toasted the bread and applied butter instead of frying, still it came good. My son loved it too. Thanks for the easy receipe.

  18. Yummy! That looks well nice! I’ll have to give it a go! It looks like the recipe can be scaled down easily too!

  19. Really a great recipe, I will surely give it a try some time.
    I also found some interesting recipes at , may be you all can visit it.

  20. Ok i Guess you forgot to mention when to add the ground paste of Cardomos,Almonds and cashews-Thank you

    Oops! Have updated the post. Sorry about that. 🙂

  21. Hi Sailu,
    Thank you very much for your great recipes sailu.
    Bread halwa is Simply Superbbb!!!
    My sons appreciate me a lot Sailu.
    On behalf of you i accept those credits.
    Once again i thank You….

  22. Sailaja… Could you please help me out on this recipe? I want to make bread halwa. What is the method used here? is it a deep fry method (deep frying pieces in loads of oil), like frying applams? or roasting the bread pieces with fews tsps of oil on a tava kind ?? if it is roasting the bread pieces then whatever amount of oil poured will be immediately absorbed by the bread pieces right? Please… please… help me out… I want to make this for my party.

    FrequentVisitor, as mentioned above, deep fry the bread pieces in 3/4 cup to 1 cup of ghee.

  23. Hi Sailu,

    Ur website is my all time favourite. I luv the way u present it and the pics too. Looking forward for more recipes from you.

    By the way ur Bread Halwa looks delicious. I have a doubt. One cup means how much quantity? Can u pls clear my doubt?

    Aarthi, thanks for your kind words. 1 cup is equal to approx 240 ml of liquid. Indian cup is usually 40 ml less than American standard system.

  24. Hi Sailaija, I tried this recipe yesterday (Half the quantity) & it turned out yummy!!
    Hubby loved it 🙂 and more over good for leftover bread… Thanks for sharing this recipe

  25. Hi, great recipe.. Does one cup means 250 ml container? I would be helpful if u mention the quantity than in terms of containers for beginners like me! 🙂

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