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diwali recipes – pumpkin halwa

…diwali / halloween recipe…

Gorgeous yellow-orange pumpkin is the fruit of the season and since tomorrow is Halloween, everywhere it is pumpkin-pumpkin all the way. You can prepare some jack-o-lanterns with the much colored red pumpkins to hang on your door or make some pie or cakes out of this rich and fleshy fruit.

Read here for pumpkin pancakes and see some gorgeous pics:pumpkin pancakes

This recipe of pumpkin halwa has been taken from Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s most famous show “khana khazana” and is surprisingly very delicious. You will just need a few quarts of yellow pumpkin, sugar, dry fruits and dollops of butter or ghee , and ready to tuck in !

yellow pumpkin halwa


pumpkin halwa


Grated yellow Pumpkin: 2 cups

Sugar: 1/2 cup

Honey: 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder: 1tsp

Cashew nuts: 10-12

Ghee (clarified butter): 4 tbsp

Saffron: few strings

Milk to dissolve the saffron: 1tbsp

Method to Prepare:

Grate the ripe yellow pumpkin and keep it aside.

Roast the cashews in ghee until it becomes golden brown. Drain and reserve.

In a pan, heat 1 tbsp ghee, add the grated pumpkin to it and stir well in low flame till the raw flavor is gone.

In a separate pan add 2tbsp ghee and add the sugar and honey. Add the grated pumpkin and notice the change in color. Pumpkin will be caramelized slowly.

Add the saffron dissolve in little milk and mix well. Continue cooking on slow heat till the pumpkin becomes tender.

Add the cardamom powder, mix well and take off from the heat.

Garnish with roasted cashews and raisins.

Serve hot the pumpkin halwa.

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  • Reply
    October 30, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I am looking for easy dessert for diwali, too. This is so perfect. I used to make carrot halwa before…so I am confident that this will work wonderfully.
    Thanks for sharing my link here…it’s so sweet of you.
    Have a beautiful weekend 🙂

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