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 Sapota Rolls or Chiku Halwa, 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 Sapota 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.