sweet potato halwa or shakarkandi halwa | step by step recipe

sweet potato halwa, shakarkhandi halwa

sweet potato halwa or shakarkandi halwa is an easy and quick dessert you can make for any occasion. this halwa can be had during fasting, festive occasion or anytime when you want to have something sweet and yet healthy.

usually sweet potatoes or shakarkandi are used in making chaat or are popular during the fasting days. i always add them in the fruit chaat as the boiled sweet potatoes gives a nice sweet taste to the chaat.

the chaat made from sweet potatoes are also served outside schools and colleges in north india as a popular street food.

the halwa can be prepared in two ways – either by grating the sweet potatoes or by cooking them first and then mashing. i prefer the cooked version. this halwa is similar to making potato halwa.

this is a simple recipe and apart from stirring the halwa, there is not much effort :-)

this halwa recipe is another way you can eat this awesome and nutritious root veggie which is very rich in vitamin A.

lets start step by step recipe of making sweet potato halwa:

1. boil the sweet potatoes or shakarkandi first. when they become warm, peel and mash them.

boil and peel the sweet potatoes

2. heat oil or ghee. first fry the cashews. remove when the are golden and keep aside.

fry cashews for making sweet potato halwa

3. in the same oil, add the mashed sweet potatoes. stir well and saute for 3-4 mins.

add mashed sweet potatoes in oil

4. add sugar.

add sugar to sweet potatoes

5. after 4-5 minutes, add crushed cardamom and stir.

add crushed cardamom to sweet potatoes

6. add saffron and stir.

add saffron to sweet potato halwa

7. keep on stirring and cooking the sweet potato halwa till the oil or ghee starts to leave the sides of halwa. this will take approx 10-12 minutes. the whole mixture would sort of come together and clamp. the color of the halwa will also change. lastly add the fried cashew nuts and stir. the texture of the halwa would resemble sooji (semolina) halwa, but the taste is very different.

add fried cashews to the sweet potato halwa

serve sweet potato halwa hot, warm or cold.

sweet potato halwa or shakarkandi halwa

if you are looking for more halwa recipes then do check carrot halwa, papaya halwa, mango halwa, apple halwa and lauki halwa.

sweet potato halwa recipe details below:

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sweet potato halwa
sweet potato halwa - delicious halwa made with boiled mashed sweet potatoes scented with cardamom and saffron.
RECIPE TYPE: dessert, sweets
CUISINE: indian
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 2 medium to large sweet potatoes
  • 4 tbsp sugar or as required (depends on the sweetness of the sweet potatoes)
  • 7-8 tbsp oil or ghee
  • 3-4 cardamoms, crushed or powdered or ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • a pinch of saffron
  • 10-12 cashews, halved or chopped or kept whole
  1. boil the sweet potatoes first.
  2. when they become warm, peel and mash them.
  3. heat oil or ghee in a kadai or pan.
  4. first fry the cashews.
  5. remove when they become golden and keep aside.
  6. in the same oil, add the mashed sweet potatoes.
  7. stir well and saute for 3-4 mins.
  8. add sugar and saute for 4-5 mins.
  9. now add crushed cardamom and stir
  10. add saffron and stir.
  11. keep on stirring and cooking the halwa till oil or ghee starts to leave the sides of halwa. this will take approx 10-12 minutes on a low to medium flame.
  12. lastly add the fried cashew nuts and stir again.
  13. serve sweet potato halwa hot, warm or cold.
as a vegan, i have but obviously used oil in making the halwa. however, ghee is ghee and there is no vegan substitute for ghee. so you can substitute ghee if you prefer.

{ 14 Responses }

  1. Deepti says

    Dear Dassana, tried this recipe as well. I must say I am not a fan of sweet potatoes, my husband loves them, he has a sweet tooth as well. Intended to make this for him but it was quite an effort to save some for him. It was too good!

  2. Whitney says

    I have used earth balance (a vegan, non-hydrogenated margarine) to make something similar to ghee. The same process for clarifying butter can be used to make “vegan ghee” out of earth balance, producing a buttery oil that is semi-solid at room temperature. I cannot say how it compares in taste, as I have never tried ghee before–all I know is that it is very, very good, and behaves similarly in terms of melting point.

    • says

      thanks whitney for sharing this information. in india we don’t get earth balance. but would love try it in future whenever it is available.

  3. says

    I have never tried shakarkand halwa. It sounds good and I am sure it is better and healthier. Would love to give it a try some day soon. Thanks for sharing.