Halwa with Pumpkin? That was my first reaction when i saw this Pumpkin Halwa recipe a while back. Off late, blogs have come out with loads of Pumpkin recipes, Pumpkin pie, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin cake, tarts and what not? Typically a vegetable that’s used for curries and Halloween, this has now taken over the baking and treats section as well…As usual, the uniqueness of the recipe is what got me curious, and I knew I had to try this for the Diwali season.
Diwali, for me is all about sweets, sweets and sweets, and then lighting diyas, the sound of crackers and lights that never stop (especially in Chennai…I never sleep during Diwali, as you never have a minute of silence…All you can hear are those roars and bursts of crackers and beautiful fireworks.
As we had a long weekend, I thought I will give this recipe a try, although unsure about how it would taste, however, if carrot halwa can taste amazing, so can this recipe, right?
Offlate, pumpkin is used in all recipes, for cakes, breads, soups and what not…..So is this halwa too….Apart from the main ingredient, most of the process is similar to that of the carrot halwa. The grated pumpkin is fried in ghee and then cooked in milk and sugar added to create this beautiful little piece of sweetness.
If you have guests and relatives for the evening, make sure to double or triple the measure mentioned in the recipe below.
This tastes so wonderful, and is perfect to sweeten your Diwali celebrations. So try this on the big day, and make your day memorable.
Happy Diwali in advance to all the readers..truly honored to be part of your celebrations in this way..
So heres wishing all my readers and wellwishers, a safe and happy Diwali….Make every festival a reason to celebrate and spread joy…
Made to sweeten your special occasions, this Pumpkin Halwa, rich and delicious, will complete your Diwali celebrations with family and friends
In a non stick heavy bottomed pan, add around 3 tbsp ghee. Add the grated pumpkin and let it fry for around 5 mins..This will remove the raw smell and lets the ghee work the magic.
Add two cups of milk, and let the pumpkin cook to a nice puree...the milk has to evaporate completely. this took around 10-15 minutes on a low-medium heat.Keep stirring all the time to ensure even heat.
Add sugar once the milk has almost evaporated. Let the sugar melt and keep cooking until the ghee starts to separate from the mixture. This takes another 10-15 mins.
Keep stirring until the halwa no more sticks to the pan. You can switch off the flame and add the cardamon powder and almond sllivers, and give a final stir for a final mix. Serve either hot or cold....with some ice cream...yumm!
1. You can add food color, but i chose not to.
2. Using a mould is optional (as seen in the pics)