Haal Paak

It is my favorite part of the year. The festival season. Dasara is here and soon it will be Diwali and new year.As usual it is the time when the Doll collection sees the light of the year. This time it is special because my Sunny boy is old enough to  understand what it is all about. I do not have the 'Pattada Bombe' which  usually presides over the celebrations, hope to get one for the next season. I miss the collection I have back home in India, Dashavathara, wedding ceremony, the traditional music band, temple, assorted animals, so many pieces all wrapped up and secured in the attic! The ones that I have now are just a few pieces from the holiday collection. I look forward to the day when I will have a grand 'Bombe habbba' displaying all the pieces I have collected through the years. For now it is the tiny version.

It has been a  crazy past few weeks.Sunny boy managed to rip open the space bar of my laptop. So blogging is a very laborious process now. I only hope all these figurines will retain their heads and hands till Vijaydashami.

'Bombe Habba' ,means feasting because we need to make something to offer the gods as 'Neivaidya'. Today's offering  Haal Pak.  It is a very delicious fudge and my version is pretty easy. Here we go.

We will need,

Evaporated milk 1 can (354 ml)
Sugar  1.5 cups
Butter 2 tbsp

  • Grease a plate with some butter and set it aside.
  • In a non stick pan, combine the sugar with a few tbsp of water and bring it to a gentle simmer.
  • Stir n the butter and the evaporated milk. Stir  well to combine.
  • Cook the mixture on a gentle heat till it leaves the side of the pan.Keep stirring often making sure that the mixture is not sticking to the bottom.
  • Once it starts leaving the sides of the pan,stir vigorously and pour it onto the greased plate. Smooth out the top using a spatula if you like. I like mine rustic. 
  • Cut into squares once it is slightly cool. Makes 10-12 pieces.
Happy Dasara or as we say it  in Kannada 'Dasara Habbada Shubhashayagalu'....