ash gourd halwa recipe | kashi halwa recipe | white pumpkin halwa recipe

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dumroot halwa recipe - delicious halwa made with ash gourd or white pumpkin.

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ash gourd halwa recipe with step by step photos – delicious halwa made with ash gourd or white pumpkin. the recipe comes from udipi cuisine. its also known as kashi halwa and dumroot halwa or dumrote or white pumpkin halwa. ash gourd is also known as petha in hindi, poosanikai in tamil and kumbalanga in malayalam.

kashi halwa recipe

there were a few requests for the recipe of ash gourd halwa. so i had made the halwa some time back. hence thought of posting it on the occasion of navratri festival. the recipe is very easy to make and you won’t believe that the halwa is made from ash gourd.

for the recipe, i referred to venkatesh bhat’s kashi halwa recipe on hotstar. i have loosely adapted the recipe from there. i have reduced the amount of sugar and also did not strain the grated ash gourd. due to the amount of ghee and sugar added in the halwa, it is a bit heavy. so a few spoons are enough 🙂

serve kashi halwa as a dessert or a sweet. you can also prepare the halwa as a naivedyam and offer to the deities. the same recipe can be used to prepare pumpkin halwa. i have also posted a version of pumpkin halwa which uses less sugar and ghee.

if you are looking for more halwa recipes then do check atte ka halwa, rava kesari, sooji halwa, badam halwa and besan halwa recipe.

white pumpkin halwa or ash gourd halwa recipe below:

ash gourd halwa recipe, kashi halwa recipe, white pumpkin halwa recipe
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ash gourd halwa recipe | kashi halwa recipe | white pumpkin halwa recipe

dumroot halwa recipe - delicious halwa made with ash gourd or white pumpkin.

course desserts
cuisine karnataka, udupi
prep time 10 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
total time 40 minutes
servings 2 to 3
rough calories per serving 624 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons ghee
  • 12 to 15 cashews (kaju)
  • ½ tablespoon raisins (kishmish)
  • 315 grams ash gourd OR 1 cup grated ash gourd
  • ¼ cup water (optional)
  • 225 grams sugar OR ½ cup sugar
  • a generous pinch of saffron (kesar)

how to make recipe

grating white pumpkin:

  1. firstly rinse and then peel 315 grams ash gourd. remove the seeds and the white pith. then chop it in large pieces, so that you can easily grate.
  2. grate the ash gourd. keep aside. you will need 1 cup grated ash gourd.

making white pumpkin halwa:

  1. heat 1 tablespoons ghee in a thick bottomed pan. add 12 to 15 cashews. you can even add less cashews.
  2. saute till the cashews turn light golden.
  3. then add 1/2 tablespoons raisins. you can add less raisins or skip them.
  4. stirring often, saute the raisins till they swell and puff up.
  5. remove both the cashews and raisins with a slotted spoon. keep aside.
  6. lower the flame and in the same pan, add the grated ash gourd. mix very well.
  7. cover the pan with its lid and cook the grated ash gourd till its raw aroma goes away.
  8. do check after every 4 to 5 minutes. usually ash gourd has enough water to cook in its own juices. but if the ash gourd starting sticking to the pan or getting lightly browned and the mixture looks dry, then add water.
  9. i did add water as all the mixture had become dry. i added 1/4 cup water and cooked the ash gourd with the lid on the pan.
  10. you have to cook the ash gourd till all its raw aroma goes away. it took me around 15 minutes on a low flame. time will vary depending on the pan thickness, size, dimensions and the flame intensity. so keep around 10 to 15 minutes time for cooking ash gourd.
  11. now add sugar and mix it very well.
  12. then add a generous pinch of saffron strands. saffron strands are used to give a nice orange-yellow color to the halwa and also for aroma. if you do not have saffron strands, then skip it or use an orange natural coloring extract.
  13. mix saffron with the mixture.
  14. keep on stirring and sauteing the halwa mixture on a low flame.
  15. once the mixture starts thickening, you will feel a bit heavy while stirring the mixture. the lightness that was there before won't be there.
  16. the halwa mixture has to be stirred often and sauteed on a low flame till it thickens and starts to leave the sides of the pan.
  17. once the halwa mixture thickens and starts separating from the pan, then add 1 to 2 tablespoons ghee.
  18. mix the ghee very well.
  19. after adding ghee continue to saute on a low flame till the halwa starts separating from the pan. this will take 2 to 4 minutes.
  20. then switch off the flame and add 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder.
  21. also add the cashews and raisins.
  22. mix very well.
  23. let the kashi halwa cool down a bit and then serve. avoid serving hot as its very hot due to the sugar syrup consistency. you can even serve white pumpkin halwa warm or at room temperature.

recipe notes

- you can add less cashews and raisins if you want.
- the recipe can be doubled too.

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how to prepare kashi halwa or ash gourd halwa recipe:

1. firstly rinse and then peel 315 grams ash gourd. remove the seeds and the white pith. then chop it in large pieces, so that you can easily grate.

ash gourd for ash gourd halwa recipe

2. grate the ash gourd. keep aside. you will need 1 cup grated ash gourd.

ash gourd for ash gourd halwa recipe

3. heat 1 tablespoons ghee in a thick bottomed pan. add 12 to 15 cashews. you can even add less cashews.

cashew for ash gourd halwa recipe

4. saute till the cashews turn light golden.

cashew for ash gourd halwa recipe

5. then add ½ tablespoons raisins. you can add less raisins or skip them.

raisins for ash gourd halwa recipe

6. stirring often, saute the raisins till they swell and puff up. remove both the cashews and raisins with a slotted spoon. keep aside.

raisins for ash gourd halwa recipe

7. lower the flame and in the same pan, add the grated ash gourd.

ash gourd for ash gourd halwa recipe

8. mix very well.

making kashi halwa recipe

9. cover the pan with its lid and on a low flame, cook the grated ash gourd till its raw aroma goes away.

making kashi halwa recipe

10. do check after every 4 to 5 minutes. usually ash gourd has enough water to cook in its own juices. but if the ash gourd starting sticking to the pan or getting lightly browned and the mixture looks dry, then add water. this will depend on the water content in the ash gourd.

preparing kashi halwa recipe

11. i did add water as all the mixture had become dry. i added ¼ cup water and cooked the ash gourd with the lid on the pan.

preparing kashi halwa recipe

12. you have to cook the ash gourd till all its raw aroma goes away. it took me around 15 minutes on a low flame. time will vary depending on the pan thickness, size, dimensions and the flame intensity. so keep around 10 to 15 minutes time for cooking ash gourd.

preparing kashi halwa recipe

13. next step is to add sugar.

sugar to make kashi halwa recipe

14. mix the sugar very well with the ash gourd.

sugar to make kashi halwa recipe

15. then add a generous pinch of saffron strands. saffron strands are used to give a nice orange-yellow color to the halwa and also for aroma. if you do not have saffron strands, then skip it or use an orange natural coloring extract.

making dumroot halwa recipe

16. mix saffron with the mixture.

making dumroot halwa recipe

17. keep on stirring and sauteing the halwa mixture on a low flame.

preparing ash gourd halwa recipe

18. once the mixture starts thickening, you will feel a bit heavy while stirring the mixture. the lightness that was there before won’t be there.

preparing ash gourd halwa recipe

19. the halwa mixture has to be stirred often and sauteed on a low flame till it thickens and starts to leave the sides of the pan. after adding sugar, it took 10 minutes for the halwa to come to the consistency as shown in the below pic. so it may take between 6 to 10 minutes, depending on the type of pan, metal thickness etc.

preparing ash gourd halwa recipe

20. once the halwa mixture thickens and starts separating from the pan, then add 1 to 2 tablespoons ghee.

preparing ash gourd halwa recipe

21. mix the ghee very well.

preparing ash gourd halwa recipe

22. after adding ghee continue to saute on a low flame till the halwa starts separating from the pan. this will take 2 to 4 minutes.

preparing ash gourd halwa recipe

23. then switch off the flame and add ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder.

making ash gourd halwa recipe

24. also add the cashews and raisins.

making ash gourd halwa recipe

25. mix very well.

making ash gourd halwa recipe

26. let the kashi halwa cool down a bit and then serve. avoid serving hot as its very hot due to the sugar syrup consistency. you can even serve white pumpkin halwa warm or at room temperature.

ash gourd halwa recipe

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i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Hi mam, can I try this halwa making after squeezing out of all water from Ash gourd.. because my kids likes to drink this water as juice.

    • yes you can do this. then when cooking ash gourd you can add some water if starts sticking to pan.

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