Definition of halwa in English:


(also halwah)


mass noun
  • A sweet Indian dish consisting of carrots or semolina boiled with milk, almonds, sugar, butter, and cardamom.

    • ‘They also liked rasam and Indian sweets and did full justice to items like carrot halwa.’
    • ‘Desserts include rabri - a delectable confection of thickened, syrupy milk and pistachio-studded kesar halwa.’
    • ‘Hence an attempt was made to use tender coconuts and kernels in desserts such as ice cream, kheer, fruit salad, pudding and halwa.’
    • ‘Two desserts were available: malai kulfi and carrot halwa.’
    • ‘One could choose from a range of halwas that included common ones such as Bombay halwa, Hyderabad halwa and beetroot halwa.’


From Arabic, literally ‘sweetmeat’.