Pumpkin Halwa (Kaddu Ka Halwa) Recipe

Pumpkin Halwa or Kaddu Ka halwa is a North Indian dessert which is typically cooked during the festivals or fasting days. This halwa is very simple to make. We can make it just like carrot halwa with khoya or condensed milk. An Addition of khoya makes the halwa delicious and nutritious. Even pumpkin haters will love this halwa as it is almost impossible for anyone to guess that the halwa is made from pumpkin. An Addition of sugar to this halwa can be altered depending on the sweetness of the pumpkin. If your kids or any family member does not like pumpkin, make this yummy halwa and serve. They will surely love it.  Kaddu (Parangikai/ Pumpkin), Sugar, Milk, Khoya (Mawa), Ghee, Whole Almonds (Badam), Sultana Raisins, Cashew nuts, Cardamom (Elaichi) Pods/Seeds   3 cups Kaddu (Parangikai/ Pumpkin) , red one, peeled and grated 1-1/4 cup Sugar 1/2 cup Milk 2 tablespoon Khoya (Mawa) 5 tablespoon Ghee 10 Whole Almonds (Badam) , chopped 20 Sultana Raisins 10 Cashew nuts , chopped 5 Cardamom (Elaichi) Pods/Seeds     10   45     To begin with Pumpkin Halwa, heat 2 tablespoons ghee in a kadhai.When ghee gets heated, add the raisins. After the raisins puff, remove them from the kadhai and keep them on a separate plate.In the same kadhai, add the other chopped dry fruits and roast them. Keep them in the same plate where the raisins are kept.Now add 3 more tablespoons ghee to the same kadhai. Add the grated pumpkin and fry it on low flame till the raw smell goes away.Now add milk and let the pumpkin get cooked for some time. Add khoya and mix everything well.Keep stirring in between to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the kadhai. After some time, the halwa will start thickening. Add sugar and mix well.Keep stirring continuously when the halwa starts to thicken, add the dry fruits.Crush the cardamom pods with a mortar and pestle, discard the peels.Sprinkle the cardamom powder on the halwa and mix well. When the halwa starts leaving the sides of the kadhai, it is done and ready to be served.Serve Pumpkin Halwa as a dessert to your friends and family during Holi lunch or dinner.