Simply Wonderfuls, Halavah, Puris and Molasses Bread


For this issue we’ve chosen a few nice sweet preparations for you to enjoy.


Simply Wonderful

(This name was given to this preparation by our Spiritual Master, who made this comment upon tasting these easy-to-make, quick-to-prepare sweets.)

1 cup sugar
½ cup butter
1 cup powdered milk (non-instant)
¼ cup water
½ vanilla bean

Chop up vanilla bean and heat in butter. Then add all ingredients and rub together. Work into small balls. Offer to Krishna and ENJOY!

Halavah (2 servings)

1 cup farina
½ cup butter
1 cup sugar
1-½ cups water

Melt butter over low heat, add farina and stir constantly for 35 minutes. While you roast the farina, bring water and sugar to boiling point in a separate pot, and simmer. When the farina is thoroughly roasted (be careful not to bum) put into sugar water and stir until firm. Now your halavah is ready to offer and serve. It’s a delighfful breakfast treat.


Puris are wonderful with rose petal jam. This recipe will make 10-12.

1 cup white flour
3 tablespoons melted butter (or ghee)

Sift white flour, add ghee and sift again so that butter is distributed evenly. Then add water and make a soft dough. Knead for 15 minutes. Roll into balls 1-1/2 inch diameter, then roll out each ball, using oil on your rolling pin and board. This will prevent sticking, and make for easier handling. Fry on high heat in ghee, once on each side. (Ghee is made by clarifying fresh sweet butter: Place a pound of butter in a small pot and let it stand on lowest heat for 8 hours. Then skim impurities off the top. The impurities can be used for frying vegetables.)

Rich Molasses Bread

2-½ cups whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
½ cup molasses
½ cup water
½ cup raisins
1 teasp. grated orange or lemon peel
½ cup sugar
2-½ cups buttermilk
½ cup chopped walnuts
2-½ teasp. baking soda

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter pan and sprinkle flour. Combine all dry ingredients in bowl. Combine all wet ingredients in separate bowl. Then add wet to dry, stir quickly, pour into pan and bake for 15 minutes. Then turn heat to 325 degrees and bake 1 hour. This bread can be served with rose petal jam, butter, or cream cheese.

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