papaya halwa recipe
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papaya halwa

papaya halwa recipe - a vegan indian dessert made with semi ripe papaya.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: desserts
Cuisine: indian
Servings: 1 to 2
Author: Dassana Amit


  • 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 (choti elaichi 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 (kaju) 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.