|Posted by vijaiksharma on February 14, 2013 at 8:30 PM|
Marriage is a beautiful institution in life. But couples in all marriages are not happy through- out life. There are problems from various sides, in many cases. While the two partners definitely try to please each other at different times in life, situation at the initial and later stages is considered more important. Depending on the financial conditions and the choices of the two persons and the two families, there are variations in this respect. There is more stress on clothing, jewellery, tours, house hold requirements, dry fruits and also sweets. Halwa is a typical Indian sweet, liked by everybody, though there are several other types of popular sweets also. In Halwa also, Tirunelveli Halwa is very famous and popular. Tirunelveli is a small, ancient town situated on the banks of the river Tamirabarani in Tamilnadu in South India. It is said that the young couples amidst village settings, eat this Halwa, when they get a chance to eat immediately after marriage. The husband is said to arrange this Halwa secretly, without the knowledge of family members, to woo his beloved new wife. It is a favourite of some women and in some cases of the husbands too, in which case the wife makes special arrangements for this Halwa, either by making it at home or by purchasing it from the market. In case of some couples, both have a soft corner for this Halwa. They consider it a perfect way to celebrate.
Some of the random comments of users of this Tirunelveli Halwa are wow, really very tasty, simply very inviting and tempting, looks so good, great, divine, beautiful, wonderful, superb, lovely, fabulous, very nice, very addictive, super glossy, yummy, delicious, awesome, mouth watering, fantastic, unique, glossy with ghee flowing out of the bowl, having perfect colour and texture and love it and want to grab it. Many of the students and working persons get it for their friends and colleagues, while they are on a visit to their homes in South India. Some take it during their visits to this place. Some are not familiar with this Halwa, while some do not know its recipe. Some have not dared to make it at home due to the lengthy and tedious process and hard work, which involves lot of stirring, since ghee separates from the Halwa, which should be taken out. But in spite of this, some moms and grandmothers do prepare it at home. Once Halwa prepared at home comes yummy and lovely, everyone feels happy and elated and it is worth it, as home-made items including sweets are always good. If one is trying to make it at home for the first time, it is better to prepare in small quantity. Larger quantities can be tried later on. Yes, it is surely a lengthy and tedious process, but if we like the prepared Halwa, then it is worth all the effort put in it. There are several variants but basics are same. It is made from wheat, sugar, water, cardamom powder, ghee and dry fruits, in laid down proportions, by following the proper procedure. It is advisable to learn the recipe first, but still carry out the preparation under the guidance of friends and elders, with their tips, and also get the required colour by the process. Artificial colour is generally not added, but if one wants we can add in orange, yellow or red colour. This Halwa can also be cut into pieces like Barfi. In view of the considerable importance of this preparation and popularity, adequate arrangements are made by the manufacturers to provide proper packaging and marketing over a wide stretch of area. It appears that there is one most famous shop in Tirunelveli, selling this Halwa for generations. It is understood that it is mostly made in Tamilnadu and exported to Singapore and Malaysia etc.