Sapota, also called Chikoo/Chiku, Sobeda and known by various names like Sapodilla, Spotilla, Chico in many other countries. Known for its unique sweet taste, milk shake prepared out of Sapota/Chiku is quite popular. When I prepared Chiku Halwa/Rolls, it came out really well and everyone in the family loved it. You can size and shape the dessert preparation any way you want and I just chose to go the Rolls and Halwa way. Good looks, simple yet elegant taste is how I would describe Sapota/Chiku Rolls and Halwa.
- Fully Ripe Sapota or Chiku – 8
- Sugar – 1/2 cup
- Khova or Khoa or Dried Whole Milk – 1/2 cup
- Chiroti Rava or Small Rava/Semolina – 1/2 cup
- Ghee or Clarified Butter – 5-6 Tbsp
Time to Make : 30-40 min
How To Prepare:
- Peel the outer skin and remove seeds of the Sapota or Chiku/Chikoo. Always use fully ripe Sapota/Chiku. If Sapota is not ripened properly, while preparing Halwa or Rolls the sticky white portion inside the Sapota/Chiku will stick to the vessel and it is very difficult to clean it.
Cut the fruit into small pieces and transfer them to a mixer jar and grind into a smooth paste by grinding in a mixer grinder.
- Heat 1 Tbsp of Ghee in a pan, add Chiroti Rava or Small Rava/Semolina to it. Fry for 2-3 minutes until you obtain a good aroma. Transfer the Rava/Semolina to a bowl.
- Take a steel plate and have it greased all over with Ghee/Clarified Butter.
- To the same pan used for frying the Rava, add Sapota Paste from Step 1, Khoa/Khova, fried Rava/Semolina from Step 2, Sugar and Ghee/Clarified Butter. Mix all together with the help of a spatulla and cook all the dessert ingredients by stirring continuously until the entire dessert mixture gathers in the center of the vessel or to a Halwa consistency. This typically takes about 20-25 minutes.
- Remove from the flame, pour all the pan contents into the Ghee greased plate. Spread the Chiku Halwa mixture all over the plate. Else, one can hand roll into a oblong shape as in the image. I have shown both types – the Chiku Halwa and a Sapota/Chiku Roll.
Now Sapota Rolls or Sapota Halwa is ready to serve.