Kada Prasad is a divine, sacred offering also known as Gurdwara Prasad or Atte ka Halwa. This recipe just has four ingredients.
Whenever I visit the Gurudwara or Mandir, I’m most excited about the prasad.
The volunteer servers typically give you a small amount in your hand or on a napkin and let me tell you there is so much fat in the prasad that your hands will either get greasy or your napkin will be soaked. Lol. Obviously, I eat it all because there is no such thing as throwing prasad away – it’s just not allowed.
I like making Kada Prasad on special occasions. On the day I made this prasad, I completed 20 weeks of pregnancy. I wanted to celebrate carrying a healthy baby because it is such a blessing. Making Kada Prasad was my way of giving thanks to God.
What is Kada Prasad?
Kada Prasad is a sacred offering at the Gurdwara, a Sikh place of worship. It is offered to all visitors in the Gurdwara.
Kada Prasad is also known as Punjabi Prasad, Atte ke Halwa, and just Prasad as well. Prasad is also offered at a Mandir or a Hindu temple, however there are many other Indian Sweets that fall under Mandir Prasad category.
Kada Prasad is made with 4 basic ingredients – water, sugar, ghee, and atta (also known as Desi flour or durum flour). It’s super quick and easy to make.
Ingredients for Kada Prasad:
Ghee: Clarified butter.
Atta: Atta is also known as whole wheat desi flour or durum wheat flour.
Kada Prasad is:
A Religious Offering
Melts in your Mouth
Made with Whole Wheat Atta
How to make Prasad recipe step by step?
Make the Sugar/Water Mixture
1. Heat up a saucepan on medium heat, and combine water and sugar.
2. Mix until the sugar dissolves in the water. Do not boil it too long else you’ll have a simple syrup. This will take a few minutes.
3. This is what you should have. Turn off the stove. Note: do not overboil the mixture. Set aside.
Make the Halwa
1. In a kadhai/wok, melt butter.
2. Once melted, add whole wheat atta. This process will take about 4-5 minutes.
3. Keep stirring the mixture nonstop.
4. The color will transform into a light mocha.
5. Once the color darkens slightly and bubbles form, move on to the next step.
6. Add the hot sugar/water mixture from above. The flour/butter mixture will start bubbling. Stir continuously for the next 5 minutes.
7. Keep stirring the halwa nonstop.
8. The halwa will now transform into one solid smooth mixture. The butter will ooze out slightly. Your Kada Prasad is done. Turn off the stove.
Prasad is generally offered in smaller quantities. So a serving would be about a quarter cup at a gurudwara or mandir.
At home, yes, you can certainly have a larger serving, but generally speaking, people eat halwa in small quantities due to the amount of fat and sugar.
Tips on making Kada Prasad
- Kada Prasad is made with just 4 ingredients.
- Prepare the sugar and water mixture, but do NOT overboil this. You simply want the sugar to dissolve into the water.
- The key is to stir the mixture continuously.
- Once the halwa has a thick and smooth consistency, the halwa is done. Do not OVERCOOK else it gets too clumpy.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can I make Atte ka Halwa gluten-free?
You can, but then it wouldn’t be Atte ka Halwa, it’ll be Besan ka Halwa which is made with chickpea flour.
2. Can I make Kada Prashad healthier?
Kada Prashad has equal parts flour, sugar, and butter/ghee.
This original recipe was given to me by my sister where I tweaked the fat and sugar for a slightly healthier Kada Prashad (it’s still not healthy). I lowered the sugar amount by half and lowered the butter/ghee amount by a quarter. The halwa is still just as good and delicious.
For the ghee/butter, I’ve tested both versions,
3. Can I use Butter instead of Ghee?
Just FYI – Ghee will result in a more rich halwa.
I’ve tested both versions, and Kada Prasad tastes much better with ghee. You can use butter for less fat, but you won’t have that nutty richness that comes from ghee.
If you use butter, I prefer using grass-fed unsalted butter, my favorite brand is Kerrygold. Just be sure to use the same amount of butter for ghee.
4. What other names is Kada Prasad known by?
Kada Prashad / Kada Prasad / Karah Prasad
Atte ka Halwa / Atta Halwa
Kada Prasad / Atte ka Halwa / Gurdwara Prashad
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 5 tbsp sugar
- 4 tbsp ghee
- 1/2 cup whole wheat desi atta or wheat durum flour (desi atta)
- few almonds, chopped optional
Make the Sugar/Water Mixture
- Heat up a saucepan on medium heat, and combine water and sugar.
- Mix until the sugar dissolves in the water. Do not boil it too long else you'll have a simple syrup. This will take a few minutes.
- This is what you should have. Turn off the stove. Note: do not overboil the mixture. Set aside.
Make the Halwa
- In a kadhai/wok, melt butter.
- Once melted, add whole wheat atta. This process will take about 4-5 minutes.
- Keep stirring the mixture nonstop.
- The color will transform into a light mocha.
- Once the color darkens slightly and bubbles form, move on to the next step.
- Add the hot sugar/water mixture from above. The flour/butter mixture will start bubbling. Stir continuously for the next 5 minutes.
- Keep stirring the halwa nonstop.
- The halwa will now transform into one solid smooth mixture. The butter will ooze out slightly. Your Kada Prasad is done. Turn off the stove.