Bread Halwa | Bread Pudding Recipe Indian Style

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Bread halwa is a delicious Indian dessert made with white or brown bread along with ghee, sugar and nuts.

This is a beginner-friendly, easy-to-make vegetarian sweet dish that can be served during special occasions or as a dessert post-meal.

Bread Halwa | Bread Pudding Recipe Indian Style

About Recipe

Bread Halwa is a popular Indian dessert often served at weddings and special events.

This simple recipe can be prepared in under 30 minutes, with basic staple ingredients that are easily available in Indian kitchen.

I’ve been looking forward to making this Bread Halwa recipe for a while.

The recipe is simple to make and creates a generous amount of halwa from just a few slices of bread.

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What is Halwa?

Halwa is a type of sweet dessert that is very popular all over India.

It is known for its dense, pudding-like texture.

They are often made in ghee, milk, water, sugar (or jaggery) using flours, vegetables and lentils.

Spices like cardamon and dried fruits are commonly added to enhance the flavour of the halwa.

You will find many variations of halwa made in India based on the regions of the country.

Some popular halwa’s include:

Dudhi Halwa (Bottle Gourd Halwa)

Gajar Ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)

Pineapple Halwa (Pineapple Kesari)

Sooji Halwa (Semolina Halwa)

Moong Dal Halwa (Yellow Lentil Halwa)

Each type of halwa has its own unique taste and texture.

These halwa’s share one common thing, that is comforting sweetness!


Bread – White or brown bread can be used in making this halwa.

I roughly ground the bread slice for making this recipe. Instead of that you can also cut the bread into cubes and use.

Stale bread works well too for this recipe.

Ghee – Also known as clarified butter, adds a rich, nutty flavour to the halwa.

Sugar – We require sugar to sweeten the dish. The amount of sugar can be adjusted according to your preference.

Milk – Full-fat milk is best for making this bread halwa. It gives a nice rich & creamy texture to the bread halwa.

Cardamon Powder – Adding cardamon powder or crushed cardamon seeds give nice flavour and aroma to this dish.

Nuts & Dry Fruits – Cashews, almonds, raisins, and pistachios are commonly used in any type of halwa to give a nice crunchy texture and nutty flavour. I have roasted the dry fruits here.


Khoya/ Mawa (Milk Solids) – For extra richness milk solids like mawa is added which gives a very distinct taste to this bread halwa.

Water – You can also make use of water here to adjust the consistency of the halwa.

Serving Suggestions

Bread halwa is best served warm. You can either have it as a snack, a side dish with meals or as a post-meal dessert.

Storage Options

Bread halwa stays good for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. For storing, let the halwa cool down first, and transfer it to an air-tight container. Reheat in the microwave before serving.

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Bread Halwa | Bread Pudding Recipe Indian Style

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Instead of coarsely grinding the bread slices, you can cut them into small cubes and make the halwa.

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Bread Halwa | Bread Pudding Indian Style

Anjali P
Bread halwa is a delicious Indian dessert made with white or brown bread along with ghee, sugar and nuts.
This is a beginner-friendly, easy-to-make vegetarian sweet dish that can be served during special occasions or as a dessert post-meal.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert, festive food, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Indian


  • 8 Bread Slices
  • 2 tablespoons Cashewnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Almonds, roughly chopped
  • 2 tabelspoons Raisins
  • 6 tbsp Ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • 1/2 cup Sugar (adjust as per your preference)
  • 1 cup Full-Fat Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Caramond Powder


  • Heat 1 tbsp ghee, add roughly chopped cashewnuts & almonds and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add raisins and saute till nuts are lightly golden brown in colour.
  • Once done, keep them aside.
  • Coarsely blend the bread slices in a blender.
  • Heat 1 tbsp ghee,add the blended bread crumbs and roast till they turn light golden brown. Once done, keep it aside.

Let's Make The Halwa

  • Heat 5 tbsp ghee, add the roasted breadcrumbs and saute for just a minute.
  • Add sugar and mix well.
  • Add half cup milk and mix well. Now add rest of the milk and mix it again.
  • Cover the pan for about 2 minutes for the sugar to dissolve completely
  • Add cardamon powder and roasted nuts (keep some for garnishing)
  • If you feel halwa is getting too dry then add 1/4th cup water or 3 tbsp ghee instead.
  • Cover and let the halwa get nice steamed up for 2 minutes.
  • Bread halwa is ready.
  • Transfer into the serving dish , garnish with roasted nuts and serve warm.


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