Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Kasi Halwa / White Pumpkin Halwa / Thadiyangai Halwa / Vella poosanikai halwa

White pumpkin halwa
Kasi halwa

Do we need to wait for a festival or special occasion to make sweet at home :) . Nah... Whenever you feel like having sweet, you can make a simple sweet at home and satisfy your sweet hunger. One such simple sweet recipe is this White pumpkin halwa.

My husband got a big size white pumpkin weighs around 7 kg. After distributing some to the neighbors, I was left with around 1 kg of white pumpkin. I made white pumpkin curd curry / thadiyangai thayir pachadi with small amount of it and I am still left with some more pumpkin. Suddenly got to remember a recipe from a TV show by Chef Venkatesh Bhat using white pumpkin which is the famous ' Kasi Halwa '. I added my own proportions to this recipe and it came out well. Kasi halwa usually be in bright orange color. But I added green food color as I didn't have orange food color at home.

This simple halwa recipe is easy to make and you can make it in quick 30 minutes. After tasting the halwa, I have decided making this kasi halwa for Diwali. Enjoy making Kasi halwa at your home as well with this recipe and share your feedback in the comments section below.

Ingredients (serves for 2 )

White pumpkin (grated) - 3.5 cups [1 cup size = 150 ml ]
sugar - 1 cup
ghee - 2 tablespoon
cardamom - 1
food color - a pinch
cashews - 5 -6


  • peel off the skin from the white pumpkin and cut out the seed part
  • grate the white pumpkin
  • heat 1 tablespoon of ghee in a pan and fry cashews till golden brown. I didn't have cashews at home, so I didn't add. 
  • take out the cashews and in the same pan, add the grated white pumpkin
  • no need to add water, as the grated pumpkin itself will shed some water
  • fry till the pumpkin gets cooked
  • add sugar and mix well
  • add food color and cardamom. mix well.
  • saute often and at one stage, you will get a consistency of halwa and it won't stick to the pan. 
  • at this stage, add one more tablespoon of ghee and the fried cashews. 
  • mix well. cook it for few more minutes. 
  • when the halwa becomes shiny and transparent, switch off the flame. 

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