pumpkin halwa recipe | kaddu ka halwa recipe | easy 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.

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pumpkin halwa

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. I have shared one more pumpkin halwa recipe that is popular in south India. Its called as Kashi halwa and the recipe is made with white pumpkin.

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 khichdi, singhare ki poori, vrat wale aloo, dahi wali arbi and kuttu ka paratha.

pumpkin halwa or kaddu halwa

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Pumpkin Halwa

4.63 from 8 votes
Pumpkin halwa is a sweet pudding made with pumpkin along with cardamom, melon seeds and dry fruits.
pumpkin halwa recipe, kaddu halwa recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:40 mins
Cuisine:north indian
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 2.5 to 3 cups chopped pumpkin (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 tablespoon oil or 1.5 tablespoon ghee - the halwa taste good with ghee
  • 2 teaspoon melon seeds (magaz)
  • 1.5 to 2 tablespoon chopped mixed dry fruits (almonds, cashews, pistachios)
  • ¾ to 1 cup water


  • Peel and chop kaddu or pumpkin into small cubes. Smaller the better.
  • Heat the oil or ghee in a pressure cooker.
  • Add the kaddu pieces in the pressure cooker
  • And saute till they are start releasing water or for approx 8-10 minutes on a low flame.
  • Add water and stir.
  • Cover and pressure cook the kaddu pieces for 4-5 whistles.
  • *for making the halwa in a pan, check notes below.
  • Open the lid when the pressure settles down
  • And check if the kaddu pieces have softened or not.
  • They should be of mashable consistency.
  • If they have not cooked thoroughly, then pressure cook for few more minutes, adding some more water, if required.
  • Once the kaddu pieces have cooked well then place the pressure cooker on fire and keep to simmer.
  • After 1-2 minutes, add sugar and cardamom powder.
  • Cook the mixture stirring often till it thickens.
  • The consistency of the halwa should like be a pudding or pumpkin puree.
  • The water should reduce in the halwa.
  • You can thicken it more if you want.
  • Add the melon seeds and dry fruits and cook the halwa for 1-2 minutes more.
  • Serve pumpkin halwa warm or cold.
  • You can also garnish it with melon seeds.


If making in a pan, when the pumpkin cubes begin to loose water, add 3/4 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.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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17 comments/reviews

  1. When you say cook for 4 to 5 whistles, how many minutes is that?

    • it will be roughly 10 to 12 minutes on a medium flame for a 2 litre cooker.

  2. This always turns out so well. Made it today.Happy to be able to post comments again and connect. May you be blessed with peace and prosperity.5 stars

    • thank you veena for the comment and feedback on pumpkin halwa. also thanks for your best wishes. yes we opened the comments after a few months as we had some errors happening in the comment fields and it did take a lot of time to get it resolved.

  3. Hi..can I cook it with milk..more like carrot halwa??5 stars

    • yes you can.

  4. Please use instagram. Yo will rock there too with your really impressive food photigraphy. I miss you there

    • harsangeet, i am already there on instagram at @vegrecipesofindia. at times i do give myself a reminder to update instagram 🙂

  5. Made this sweet. Very easy and delicious. I grated the pumpkin and then cooked it.
    Thank you.4 stars

    • welcome mythili. thanks for sharing your positive feedback.

  6. 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…

    • 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.

      • Thank you Dassana…..

        • welcome lokeshwari

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

    Thank you.

    • welcome janani

  8. Halwa looks so delicious Dassana