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Pumpkin Halwa Recipe

Written by 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


  1. Peel and chop kaddu or pumpkin into small cubes. Smaller the better.
  2. Heat the oil or ghee in a pressure cooker.
  3. Add the kaddu pieces to the pressure cooker
  4. And saute till they start releasing water or for approx 8-10 minutes on a low flame.
  5. Add water and stir.
  6. Cover and pressure cook the kaddu pieces for 4-5 whistles.
  7. Open the lid when the pressure settles down
  8. And check if the kaddu pieces have softened or not.
  9. They should be of mashable consistency.
  10. If they have not cooked thoroughly, then pressure cook for a few more minutes, adding some more water, if required.
  11. Once the kaddu pieces have cooked well then place the pressure cooker on fire and keep to simmer.
  12. After 1-2 minutes, add sugar and cardamom powder.
  13. Cook the mixture stirring often till it thickens.
  14. The consistency of the halwa should be like be a pudding or pumpkin puree.
  15. The water should reduce in the halwa.
  16. You can thicken it more if you want.
  17. Add the melon seeds and dry fruits and cook the halwa for 1-2 minutes more.
  18. Serve pumpkin halwa warm or cold.
  19. You can also garnish it with melon seeds.

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