Pumpkin desserts have several varieties and amongst them is my favourite Pumpkin Halwa or Kaddu Halwa. I am biased towards it more so because it has a religious value attached to it.
I remember how my mom used to make it on the monday’s fast for me to break open the fast with this delicious sweet. My mother-in-law taught me our family recipes along with our culture.
She was a religious person and her way of doing Puja was incredible. . Not that I didnt do puja, but for me doing puja was keeping Monday’s fast and impressing Shivji.
So after doing that years, I am blessed with a great family and I really thank him for that and feel lucky that I got to learn from my mother-in-law.
Flavour of Halwa becomes more amazing with three ingredients: one is desi ghee and other are Cardamom and cinnamon.
Freshly grounded cardamom and cinnamon are added when halwa is almost done and the whole house is super aromatic with the combined fragrance of cardamom, ghee and sugar.
I have always used Desi ghee in my preparations of foods like Halwa, Curries, paranthas. With my more than a decade experience with Ghee, I would assure you that its an incredible choice. For learning its benefits, you may visit my article ‘Is desi ghee healthy?’ on vegsoups.in
Trust me upon this, I am not a fat person. Just a normal person who is in love with food and family. So having a healthy body and mind is the beginning of a healthy regime.
Talking about the recipe, its a quick and healthy recipe. We need sugar, desi ghee, cardamom and little milk along with grated pumpkin.
Those who are vegan or cant have milk, can skip it and add little water instead of it.
A few recipes suggest to make it in pressure cooker. Well, I feel the taste is better when it is cooked slowly in a heavy bottomed pan or Kadai.
I have used green/yellow pumpkin but you may use orange pumpkin also. Infact, orange pumpkin is more sweet than the green one. You may add sugar accordingly.
Since pumpkin is a water-rich fruit, it leaves water. When we add sugar, that also makes it watery. You may let the water evaporate fully by sauteing continuously so that halwa doesnt stick to pan. You may also add dry fruits. I have added pistachios but frankly they are just for the photo click as my family love plain halwa and no added dry fruits.
When you try this utterly delicious halwa, do share your views about it.
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Pumpkin Desserts| Pumpkin Halwa
- 200 gm Grated Pumpkin
- 1/3 cup sugar Can reduce it or increase
- 2 tablespoon milk
- 0.75 tablespoon Desi ghee
- 5 small cardamoms
- few dry fruits optional
- Take Pumpkin and peel and wash under tap.
- Chop into large chunks so that it can be easily grated.
- Once grated, it would leave some water. That water helps in cooking, so I dont drain it.
- Take a pan and add desi ghee to it.
- Add grated pumpkin to it.
- It would leave water. You may cover it with lid. Put the burner on simmer. Keep sauteing in between. It takes around 5-10 min max for pumpkin to become tender.
- Add sugar and mix well.
- Sugar leaves water. Let the water evaporate. and add milk
- Cook it till milk is absorbed and leaves ghee.
- Add ground cardamom and cinnamon. Cook for 10 sec. Switch off the flame.
- The amazing and delicious Pumpkin halwa is ready!!. Enjoy!!
|Serving size: bowl|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 10.3g||13%|
|Saturated Fat 6.2g||31%|
|Total Carbohydrate 39.4g||14%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|Total Sugars 29g|
|Vitamin D 0mcg||1%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.|