Pumpkin Halwa Recipe
Written by Angie Sharma on March 16, 2022
Kaddu ka halwa or pumpkin halwa recipe for fasting. Since Pumpkin contains fibre, eating it during fasting times helps a lot.
- 5 to 3 cups chopped pumpkin (kaddu or petha)
- ½ cup sugar or as required – also depends upon the sweetness in the pumpkin
- 3 to 4 green cardamoms crushed to a powder in a mortar-pestle
- 2 tablespoon oil or 1.5 tablespoons ghee – the halwa tastes good with ghee
- 2 teaspoon melon seeds (magaz)
- 5 to 2 tablespoon chopped mixed dry fruits (almonds, cashews, pistachios)
- ¾ to 1 cup water
- Peel and chop kaddu or pumpkin into small cubes. Smaller the better.
- Heat the oil or ghee in a pressure cooker.
- Add the kaddu pieces to the pressure cooker
- And saute till they start releasing water or for approx 8-10 minutes on a low flame.
- Add water and stir.
- Cover and pressure cook the kaddu pieces for 4-5 whistles.
- Open the lid when the pressure settles down
- And check if the kaddu pieces have softened or not.
- They should be of mashable consistency.
- If they have not cooked thoroughly, then pressure cook for a few more minutes, adding some more water, if required.
- Once the kaddu pieces have cooked well then place the pressure cooker on fire and keep to simmer.
- After 1-2 minutes, add sugar and cardamom powder.
- Cook the mixture stirring often till it thickens.
- The consistency of the halwa should be like be a pudding or pumpkin puree.
- The water should reduce in the halwa.
- You can thicken it more if you want.
- Add the melon seeds and dry fruits and cook the halwa for 1-2 minutes more.
- Serve pumpkin halwa warm or cold.
- You can also garnish it with melon seeds.
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