Wheat flour (Godhumai Maavu): 1 cup
Sugar: 2.5 cups
Ghee: 2 cups
Water: 4 cups
Soak flour in water for an hour. Remove the top, clear water.
Heat sugar in a ladle of water. After it gets dissolved, add the soaked flour and 4 cups of water.
Cook thoroughly in low flame till water gets absorbed. Keep stirring to avoid lump formation and to avoid the flour getting stuck in the pan (adi pudikkama paathukanum).
Add desired food colour.
Add half of the ghee and continue stirring.
After the ghee gets absorbed add the remaining ghee.
Stir continuously till it leaves the wall of the vessel. (pakkangalil ottaamal surula varum - Halwa padham)
Switch off the gas and keep stirring the halwa for 2 to 3 minutes ( this will give halwa a good texture).
Spread halwa in ghee brushed plate.
Let it cool.
Cut into pieces.
Note: Entire cooking must be done in low flame.