The specialty of the Kozhikodan halwa is that it is made with pure coconut oil, and not ghee like other halwa’s. History says that they evolution of halwa in Kozhikode was actually contributed by Arab settlers who had settled down here in olden days. Anyway Kozhikodan halwa is a delicacy and it is something that should not be missed by anyone visiting Kozhikode.
2 cups of all purpose flour
4 cup of sugar
1 cup water
1 tsp cardamom seeds, crushed.
1.5 liter coconut oil(or vegetable oil)
dry coconut slices(optional)
Mix the flour with 8 cups of water and leave it covered for a day. Remove the water from top and add make up the water again and leave it for one more day. Flour will start to ferment by this time. You may keep it refrigerated on the second day to prevent over fermentation.
Remove the water form top and filter out any lumpy portions from the flour paste. Heat the oil to 350 degrees and keep it aside. Boil the sugar with 1 cup of water and add the flour paste and cardamom seeds. Stir everything together and add the hot oil. Stir continuously on medium/high heat until the halwa separates from oil and starts to sticks together. Continue stirring for two more minutes and transfer to a greased pan and add the coconut slices. Cool down and cut into desired size.