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.

Bread Halwa -A rich Indian sweet preparation

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 prepared with bread, clarified ghee and sugar

Bread Halwa – Indian Sweet

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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...


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76 Responses

  1. meena says:

    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. Jeff says:

    Sugar, carbs and Gee…how can this not be a great treat??

  3. Arjuna says:

    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)

  4. Pavani says:

    That looks yummy.. Can I have some?? It is very similar to Double ka meeta, but way more simpler. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Deepz says:

    Hi Sailu, This dish looks very delicious and easy to make.

  6. prema says:

    Hi Sailu,
    Bread halwa is new to me..looks great. thanks for the recipe.

  7. smita says:

    Authentic Hyderabadi Double-ka-Meetha! Yummy..yummy!

  8. Kalyan says:

    Mouth watering , Simply.

  9. nandita says:

    This one looks yum, but the one cup ghee and deep frying in ghee is a major deterrent. I’ll just be happy looking at the pics…

  10. Priya says:

    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 :-)

  11. lera says:

    Wow! a halwa treat that’s rich and delicious…

    I too as KA said, toast the bread in the oven with a dash of ghee smeared on both the sides…

  12. Anupama says:

    Sailu, this is simply delicious. I will definitely try this one.BTW how did you make the photo strip in your side bar.

  13. mandira says:

    The bread halwa looks simply delicious. Can we replace white bread with whole wheat or oat bread?

    Sure you can Mandira, replace with whole wheat bread.

  14. usha says:

    Looking gr8.Its ne wto me, surely will try…let u know about it

  15. MenuToday says:

    Hi Sailu,
    Your Bread Halwa looks fantastic!!!! Thanks for sharing an authentic Hyderabad dish.!!!!

  16. haripriya says:

    tht looks wonderful!!!!!!!!thnx for sharing…u have a very nice blog…

  17. deepu says:

    This is awesome!!
    Do u have recipe for Sujji halwa? If yes, Pls let me know. Thanks!

  18. Asha says:

    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!!

  19. Ramela says:


    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.

  20. Sushma says:

    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 :-)


  21. Pranavi says:

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

  22. lakshmi says:

    Hi Sailu,
    nice recipe mouthwatering, well presented , beautiful snaps.

  23. Ratnavalli says:

    Chala manchi recipe andi.Thanks for sharing.

  24. Linda says:

    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.

  25. Chandrika says:

    A delightful dessert!! :-)

  26. Priya says:

    Hi Sailu,
    Enti mayam aypoyaru…chaala rojulu ayyindi meeru post chesi. Hope all is fine at your end. Waiting to hear from you soon.

  27. Vishala says:

    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 :-)

  28. sra says:

    Hey Sailu, thanks for the welcome!

  29. Abha says:

    Nice Blog. Visit my blog.. Need your comments…

  30. Nandita says:

    Hey Sailu,
    Not seen a post from you for long…are you away? or did i miss something?

  31. Bhargavi says:

    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!!

  32. Tin says:

    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…


  33. Shankari says:

    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

  34. rp says:

    where are you sailu? hope all is well with you and family.

  35. Lakshmiammal says:

    Hi sailu,
    Great recipe. I tried it. It was a great success. I jus luv it. Thanks. Pls visit my blog . I need yr comments

  36. VK Narayanan says:

    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

  37. Chitz says:

    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!

  38. Asha says:

    Happy Diwali! You must have had a great Diwali, no need to ask!
    I missing ur recipes!:)

  39. Jyothi says:

    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

  40. Jyotsna says:

    Some site you have here Sailu! It is so nicely designed and you can get at any recipe under the sun in no time at all!

  41. Manju Bansal says:

    Your site is great. For a long time you are not contributing to your site. Start again. Thanks!!

  42. roopa says:

    Nice idea Sailu :)

  43. tina says:

    Hi.this halwa seems very tasty.

  44. anu says:

    this halwa is good and tasty. we can do this with out making them into pieces also.

  45. ravi, kutty, mittu, mohithe says:

    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…

  46. loku says:


    I just made halwa which u have said. Its really tasty. Its really good.Thank u……

  47. Chandu says:

    WoW! I will try it today.

  48. Balaji says:

    Hai Sailu,thanks for giving suggestions to make halwa.
    It’s simply awesome.

  49. Pam says:

    Can the bread be toasted or baked then put some butter on top. Thanks.

  50. anonymous says:

    Your photos are all stolen from the following site.

  51. Suri says:

    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.

  52. Diane says:

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

  53. swathi says:

    Hi Sailu, This dish looks very delicious and easy to make.thanks a lot….

  54. Rizwan says:

    HI! Nice recipe! But one question: What’s a loaf of bread? Is that one whole roti?

  55. meghana says:

    simply delicious!!!!!!!da first sweet i evr did in my lyf.(i m 16!).tastes divine.

  56. Vidya says:

    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.

  57. Chulbuli says:

    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. :)

  58. R.Punitha says:

    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….

  59. aishwarya says:

    i think you are absolutely amazing

  60. meena says:

    nice recipe.u inspire me to cook by your photos & simple methods. keep up the good work.

  61. FrequentVisitor says:

    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.

  62. Hey, I’d never heard of this–we make a spicy bread upma, but this looks like a really quick and yummy treat. Will try soon!

  63. Aarthi says:

    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.

  64. subhadra says:

    i cooked bread halwa today. It got melted in our mouths really awesome.

  65. Hi Sailu garu mee blog chala baguntumdi easy to understand and implement.Chala receipes mee blog nundi nerchukunanu..
    bread halwa try chesanu for the first time.. every sunday mee blog nundi edo okati try chesthanu last sunday halwa try chesanu ee sunday marie biscuits tho chocolates chesthanu .

    Sailu garu naku sweets shops lo dorike halwa ante istham kani manam intlo chesukunte aa taste radu (using maida) but I love that sweet Could you please tell the receipe I want try it at home Pls. Chocalates ela vachayo aa receipe ki comment istharu. Keep cooking, Thanks for everything

  66. Raviteju says:

    wow!what a recipe! its amazing really

  67. Vanitha says:

    Please reduce the milk measurement, I tried with 5 pieces and Haif ltr milk, doesnt come out nicley.

  68. Nicolette says:

    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

  69. Yoges says:

    Dear Sailu, tried ur bread halwa, it was superb.. Everyone likes it.. Tq!!

  70. Meghaa04 says:

    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! :)

  71. anonymous says:

    very simple dish

  72. Jasee says:

    Today i made this halwa. Taste was awesome very yummy thanks for the mouthwatering recipe.

  73. novicecook says:

    How many slices of bead does a loaf contain?

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