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Papaya halwa recipe with step by step photos – yes a halwa made from papaya. I had three raw papayas which I has kept over the counter for ripening. One of them looked ripened but when sliced, it was half ripe.

A few days back, I had asked my mom what can be made with ripe papaya and she had suggested papaya halwa. So instead of making any sabzi or stir fried dish with the semi ripe papaya, I made the halwa….. And I was in for a surprise. The halwa was damn good. I cannot tell you how good the halwa was.

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papaya halwa

You have to try making the halwa to trust what I am saying. generally, we eat chopped papaya or have them in fruit chaats or in a fruit salad or papaya lassi. i never knew that papaya would be so good in a halwa.

The Consistency of this papaya halwa is like any other halwa made with fruits. I made this halwa from semi ripe papayas but you can use ripe papayas also to make it. You can have it plain or with pooris too.

I had no time to grate the papaya, so quickly chopped them. Grated papaya will take less time to cook and you don’t need to mash them while cooking. While I had to mash them to get a smooth consistency.

My mom makes this papaya halwa with milk powder. I have substituted milk powder with almond powder. I ground 15 almonds in a dry grinder which yielded approx 2 tbsp of the almond powder. You can also add coconut powder instead of almond powder.a vegetarian substitute is to use grated khoya (evaporated milk).

The amount of sugar to be added depends upon the sweetness of the papaya. So you can reduce or increase the sugar when preparing the halwa. If you make the halwa with a very ripe and sweet papaya, then you don’t even need to add sugar. this halwa recipe is also great as dessert for fasting/vrat and festival occasions.

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Papaya Halwa

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Papaya halwa recipe is a vegan Indian dessert made with semi ripe papaya.
papaya halwa recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:40 mins
Total Time:55 mins
Servings (change the number to scale):1 to 2
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 1 medium semi ripe papaya - approx 4.5 cups of chopped papaya or 3.5 to 4 cups of grated papaya
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon oil or ghee
  • 4 to 5 tablespoon sugar - or as required as per the sweetness of the papaya
  • 2 to 3 green cardamom, powdered or ½ teaspoon green cardamom powder
  • 2 tablespoon almond powder or milk powder or coconut powder or evaporated milk solids (khoya or mawa) - i used 15 almonds and ground them to get approx 2 tablespoon of almond powder
  • 12 to 15 halved cashews or as required


chopping papaya

  • Rinse the papaya and slice them.
  • Remove the seeds and the pith from the top. Peel the slices.
  • Then chop the papaya slices, finely.

making papaya halwa

  • Heat oil or ghee in a kadai or pan. Add the papaya.
  • Stir and cook on a low flame for about 14-15 minutes.
  • Keep on stirring on occasions while cooking the papaya.
  • The fruit will release it juices, change color and loose its opacity.
  • Add sugar and then stir. Continue to cook for further 18-20 minutes on a low flame.
  • By now the oil will begin to separate.
  • Add ground almonds and stir.
  • Cook for 5 to 6 minutes more till the whole papaya halwa has gotten together and become one whole.
  • Add cashews and cook for 1 to 2 minutes more.
  • Serve papaya halwa hot or warm. You can also refrigerated and serve the halwa as a cold dessert.


Few tips for making papaya halwa recipe:
  1. One medium papaya yielded approx 2 servings of the halwa. So double the quantity for 3-4 servings.
  2. This recipe is not a recipe, but just the method of making halwa. The quantity of ingredients can always be increased or decreased. So the recipe post is just a guideline.
  3. If possible use semi ripe papaya. You can also make with ripe papaya. No need to add sugar if making with a really ripe papaya.
  4. I have made the papaya halwa with oil, but you can make with ghee if you prefer.
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How to make papaya halwa recipe

1. heat oil or ghee in a kadai or pan. Add the chopped or grated papaya. Its better to use grated papaya. Otherwise if you want to use chopped papaya as I have done then you have to mash the papaya while making it. stir and cook on a low flame for about 14-15 minutes. keep on stirring on occasions while cooking the papaya.

papaya for papaya halwa recipe

2. the fruit will release it juices, change color and loose its opacity. Add sugar and then stir. Continue to cook for further 18-20 minutes on a low flame.

sugar for papaya halwa recipe

3. Mash the papaya with a potato masher directly when the halwa is cooking.

papaya for papaya halwa recipe

4. After cooking for 18-20 minutes, the texture and consistency of the halwa will considerably change. It will begin to thicken slowly on a low flame. Add ground almonds, cardamom powder and stir.

making papaya halwa recipe

5. cook for 5-6 minutes more till the whole halwa comes together as one whole. You will also see that the oil has separated from the halwa.

making papaya halwa recipe

6. add cashews and cook for 1-2 minutes more.

cashews for papaya halwa recipe

Serve Papaya halwa hot or warm. yummilicous dessert… I must say. We could not stop eating the papaya
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to 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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22 comments/reviews

  1. Hi Dassana
    I made this papaya halwa for a cooking competition in my society and I won second prize for it. Thought to share my achievement with you.

    • thats great and congrats. thanks for sharing this and happy cooking.

  2. Hi,
    Ur recipes are awesome, i have tried many of these and those made good. Plz add some soyabin chunks recipes, plz

  3. I luv your recipes.. kindly add jalebi recipe also..

    • Deepthi thankyou have added jalebi recipe to our request list 🙂

  4. Its very simple preparation method…tx a lot

    • Welcome JS

  5. I’m starting to learn n I have started with this halwa.. came out well in riped papaya .. tnx alot!!

    • welcome lashagi

  6. Hii.. Ur receipes are awesome.. Is there any jalebi making receipes i wanna learn dat olso..

    • thanks deepthi. i will post the jalebi recipe soon.

  7. Hi, thank you for sharing this easy n yummy recipe.

    • welcome vasu

  8. its nice , easy to make and saving half riped papaya,
    and taste also good.
    thank you dassana.5 stars

    • welcome altaf. thanks for sharing positive feedback on halwa.

  9. very good and easy and not costly receipies. Any one can have this. Very helpful for new ones.4 stars

    • thanks suneeta for sharing positive feedback.

  10. Tried Papaya Halwa recipe couple of days back. Came out yummy. Looking forward to trying out other recipes.

    Thank you and best regards

    C V Kumar5 stars

    • Thanks C V Kumar, for giving positive feedback.

  11. Hi dassana..the halwa is looking great..I never knew we could make halwa out of papaya also..5 stars

  12. looks so yum! perfect texture and color.. Love it