kaddu ka halwa recipe or pumpkin halwa recipe | fasting halwa recipe

pumpkin halwa

kaddu ka halwa or pumpkin halwa recipe for fasting or vrat. we often make this pumpkin halwa during the navratri fasting period.

pumpkin or kaddu as we call in hindi, is a veggie that we often use during the navratri fasting period. another recipe from pumpkin which was mil make for navratri fasting is kaddu ki sabzi.

this is a very very easy recipe of pumpkin halwa and the credit goes to my mil. the whole halwa is made in the pressure cooker, saving time and energy. you can also make the halwa in a pan, though. i have mentioned how to make the halwa in the pan in the notes section below.

there’s not much of ghee or oil used in this recipe unlike the amounts usually added to halwa recipes. we always add melon seeds (magaz) in this halwa and this combination goes very well. apart from melon seeds, other dry fruits like almonds and cashews are also added.

few other recipes which are prepared at my home for navratri fast are sabudana khichdisinghare ki poori, vrat wale aloo, dahi wali arbi and kuttu ka paratha.

pumpkin halwa or kaddu halwa

if you are looking for more sweet recipes for fasting then do check sweet potato halwa, papaya halwa, sabudana kheer, makhane ki kheer and sabudana ladoo.

pumpkin halwa recipe details below:

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pumpkin halwa
kaddu ka halwa or pumpkin halwa - sweet pudding made with pumpkin along with cardamom, melon seeds and dry fruits.
RECIPE TYPE: dessert
CUISINE: north indian
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 2.5 to 3 cups chopped pumpkin or 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 tbsp oil or 1.5 tbsp ghee (the halwa taste good with ghee)
  • 2 tsp melon seeds or magaz
  • 1.5 to 2 tbsp chopped mixed dry fruits (almonds, cashews, pistachios)
  • ¾th 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 in the pressure cooker
  4. and saute till they are 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. *for making the halwa in a pan, check notes below.
  8. open the lid when the pressure settles down
  9. and check if the kaddu pieces have softened or not.
  10. they should be of mashable consistency.
  11. if they have not cooked thoroughly, then pressure cook for few more minutes, adding some more water, if required.
  12. once the kaddu pieces have cooked well then place the pressure cooker on fire and keep to simmer.
  13. after 1-2 minutes, add sugar and cardamom powder.
  14. cook the mixture stirring often till it thickens.
  15. the consistency of the halwa should like be a pudding or pumpkin puree.
  16. the water should reduce in the halwa.
  17. you can thicken it more if you want.
  18. add the melon seeds and dry fruits and cook the halwa for 1-2 minutes more.
  19. serve kaddu ka halwa or pumpkin halwa warm or cold.
  20. you can also garnish the pumpkin halwa with melon seeds.
if making in a pan, when the pumpkin cubes begin to loose water, add ¾ to 1 cup water from above. stir and cover and cook till the pumpkin pieces have softened completely. if the water dries up then add more water. then proceed with the rest of the recipe.

{ 9 Responses }

  1. Mythili says

    Made this sweet. Very easy and delicious. I grated the pumpkin and then cooked it.
    Thank you.

  2. Lokeshwari says

    Looking yummy….I like all your recipes they helps me a lot… can I continue the same recipe using pumpkin puree instead of pumpkin cubes if so how many whistles should I pressure cook it…

    • says

      thanks. you can. if using pumpkin puree, you don’t need to pressure cook as the pumpkin is already cooked. just heat ghee and then add the puree. add sugar and cardamom powder. saute till you see the puree thickening and becoming glossy. if you add more ghee, then you can see the ghee releasing from the sides. then add the dry fruits and just cook for 1 or 2 minutes.

  3. Janani says

    I’ve tasted it once, and have always wondered how to make it. Never realised it was so simple.

    Thank you.