Dec 31, 2014

Pumpkin Halwa ~ Halwa Recipes

Dear Readers,

Wish you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year! May this new year bring lot of happiness to your families.

To celebrate this special occasion Today I am brining a Special Dish to you that is Pumpkin Halwa. This has been on my Halwa Recipes list to make from long time. I have first tasted this sweet when my friend's mom-in-law made this on her Babyshower Party.  Now the Baby is almost 2 years old, but that taste got stuck in my mouth. So finally it happened today. This Pumpkin Halwa is so bright in color, not too sweet but just right and delicious, makes any of your special occasion even more special.  Here is the recipe, Njoy!

Grated Pumpkin - 2 Cups ( I have used 1/8 of medium pumpkin)
Sugar - 1 Cup
Milk - 1/3 cup
Butter - 1/4 cup
Chopped Nuts - 1/4 cup
Cardamom Powder - 1 tsp ( used 3 pods )
Kova - 1/3 cup ( for Garnish and Optional)

Preparatory Steps:
  • First Peel and remove any seeds from pumpkin and wash it with warm water. Grate it at medium setting so that flakes will be little bigger.
  • Chop the nuts roughly and set aside. I have used Almonds and Cashew Nuts.
  • Remove the Cardamom Seeds from pods and crush it in mortar with pestle 
  1. Heat the non-stick pan on the stove. Once it is hot, add 1 Tbsp of butter and let it melt. Add grated pumpkin to the pan and sauté for 5 min ( or until the raw smell is gone).
  2. Now add 1/3 cup of milk and mix it with grated pumpkin. Mix it well and keep on stirring for 5 min. Pumpkin becomes soft and starts becoming like Puree consistency. Keep stirring until all the milk moisture becomes dry. 
  3. Now add sugar to the pan and keep on mixing with Pumpkin Puree. Make sure it is not sticking to the pan.  You need to keep stirring for about 10 min. 
  4. Add nuts and remaining butter to the the Pan, now Pumpkin Puree reaches to thick Halwa consistency. Your Kitchen must be filled with nice aroma by now. Keep on mixing for another 5 min. 
  5. Now add cardamom powder and mix it well with Halwa leave it on stove for 5 min and switch off the stove. 
  6. Transfer this to serving bowls and top with Kova crumbles and serve hot. Kova is optional, but it gives slightly Creamy taste and adds that special 'Chef Touch' when you serve to your Guests. 

  • Sautéing Pumpkin in the first step is very critical and you need to salute until raw smell goes away. 
  • Stirring with Milk and Sugar is third step requires some patience, don't loose hope. You will get Halwa consistency for sure. :-)
  • When I am adding sugar I have added in parts, thinking Pumpkin might be sweet I might need less sugar. But I ended up using all of it. So if you are in doubt or prefer less sweet, then add sugar in parts and keep on adjusting. 
  • Today I have prepared the Kova from scratch, you can browse the 3 min Kova Recipe here if you don't have Kova Handy. 
Take a Close Peek! Yummmmm!
Once again I wish you Happy New Year!
see you later then!

1 comment:

  1. Halwa looks yummy and perfect for the celebration!
    Wish you a Happy New Year 2015!



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