Home Town Treats: Tirunelveli Halwa – #HomeTownTreats #FlavoursomeTuesdays


India is famous for a variety of food items and spicy snacks. Tamilnadu is also very special in its own cuisine and treats. Being a typical South Indian and a  foodie, I started this new series #HomeTownTreats last month with Kovilpatti Kadalai Mittai. This Home Town Treats series is a monthly series that will highlight and feature some of the yummy items that are most popular and special in our hometowns. Hope you will enjoy this series the most …..


Home Town Treats: Tirunelveli Halwa

The second special item to feature is Tirunelveli Halwa or Wheat Halwa. Tirunelveli is my hubby’s native place and Halwa is my favorite sweet.

About Our Town Tirunelveli

Tirunelveli district is the southernmost district of Tamil Nadu. Tirunelveli is famous for Nelliapar Temple and Thamirabarani river. Recently this district got into the limelight as it had celebrated The Maha Pushkaram festival for 12 days last month.

Tirunelveli Halwa 

Tirunelveli Halwa is a jelly-like, yummy South Indian Sweet. It is one of the famous sweets in South Indian Cuisine. It is known for its unique, exotic and incomparable taste. Fermented wheat milk is the key ingredient for this delicacy which is extracted from the wheat soaked overnight followed by careful grinding and filtering process.





Wheat flour/atta, sugar, ghee/clarified butter, cashew/kaju, cardamom/elachi powder, almonds/badam.

Features Of Speciality

Its authentic taste comes from the taste of perennial river Tamirabarani’s water 

Best Suited For

Sweet lovers, kids, and nondiabetics. 


Vegetarian Sweet


  • A vital source of vitamin B6, Folate, thiamin, manganese which are all good for nerves and muscles.
  • Contains vitamins A, D and E and helps well on digestion.
  • Rich in magnesium, iron and Vitamin K which is good for body function and heart health.

Alternate Varieties 

Other alternate varieties are Carrot Halwa, Special Halwa, Badam Halwa, Mango Halwa, Banana Halwa, Jackfruit Halwa, and Beetroot Halwa.

Shelf Life

10 – 15 days

Where to Buy

  • Iruttukadai Halwa Shop
  • Lakshmi Vilas
  • Santhi Sweets
  • Periya Lala Mittai Kadai

Buy Online



What’s your hometown treat? Have you ever tasted Tirunelveli Halwa? How do you like it? Do share with us…


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12 thoughts on “Home Town Treats: Tirunelveli Halwa – #HomeTownTreats #FlavoursomeTuesdays”

  1. My teammates used to bring this sweet all the time. I have been to Tirunelveli once to attend a colleague’s wedding… That’s when I tried the locally made halwa. I could see why it is so popular.

  2. I have heard about Tirunelveli Halwa but have never tasted it. I am amazed how a jelly like halwa can be made from wheat flour!! Will look at some YouTube videos and will also check it out on my next visit to a South Indian sweet shop!

  3. Oh, I have heard so much about Thirunelveli Halwa, in fact, a friend of mine got it for me. It was the most yummilious halwa I had ever had! 🙂 Thanks for letting me know the hidden facts. I never knew about the specific water used.

  4. God, I am su hungry, Vasantha!!!

    I haven’t tasted this halwa, ever, but from all the varieties of this halwa that you shared, I would love to try the beetroot and mango halwa! Sure must be drool-worthy! 😛

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