For the final day of making Temple Prasahads, I selected to make Gurdwara’s Karah Prashad. Its a halwa made with equal measures of wheat flour, sugar and ghee. This almost resembles the Godumai Halwa of Tamil Nadu. However, the process and the procedure followed differs. Plus the final texture is quite different.
I read on the Prashad and though I am yet to read much on Sikhism and their spiritual learning, as yet, it was interesting to read on when and how this Prashad is made. This recipe is inspired by this post.This post elaborates the process in cooking this Prashad and how one has to observe while making this Prasha.
Prashad is prepared for gurdwara services in the langar facility by sevadar volunteers who follow a specific protocol outlined in the Sikhism code of conduct. The Langar guidelines are laid down for the followers to observe the rules even while making this Prashad.
This recipe is adapted from what I have read online. It was so delicious that I wished I had the opportunity to taste the real Prashad.
Update: When we met for our BM#75 Meet in Delhi, we paid a visit to Sis Ganj Gurudwara. After praying we partook the Karah Prasad that is offered. I was so happy seeing the Prashad looked much like the one I made.
Step by Step Pictures for making Karah Prashad
1 cup Wheat Flour
1 cup Ghee + 2 tsp
1 cup Sugar + 3 tbsp
3 cups Water
How to make the Karah Prashad
Making the Sugar Syrup
In a saucepan, mix the sugar and water. Bring the water to boil. Continue boiling for 10 mins, till it becomes a thick syrup.
Making the Karah Prashad
In a non stick pan, add the ghee and flour, saute well for about 10 mins till the flour is roasted well.
Then slowly add the water, making sure you add it slowly and in parts.
When the halwa almost gets cooked for over 20 mins, as you keep stirring, add the remaining sugar and ghee slowly to get the desired consistency and taste.
When the halwa slides down, the halwa is done.