Jul 29, 2014

Kasi Halwa Recipe / White Pumpkin Halwa Recipe / Poosanikai Halwa Recipe

We do make carrot halwa quite often, since it is hubby's favorite one. And amma makes mysorepak often. Sweets really don’t need a particular time to make, whenever we feel to indulge just go ahead and whip up something. My favorite is badam halwa

One evening after a simple lunch, my sweet tooth started to crave something sweet. I thought of making carrot halwa, but I ran out of them. Then I found a decent piece of white pumpkin lying around and decided to try out a halwa using those

This halwa is quite simple and calls for simple ingredients. But the halwa turns out so shiny with a glaze. Loved it to the core and if you want to make a big batch of halwa then use quite a lot of white pumpkin, because  this veg shrinks a lot than  I thought, and I got a small bowl of halwa once it finished it. But a little goes a long way, you only need a small portion for each person. So try this out and let me know how it turns out for you..

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 25 to 30 mins
Serves : 2 to 3


White Pumpkin - 2 cups grated
Water - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Ghee - 2 tblspn
Cardamom powder -  1/2 tsp
Edible yellow food colouring - a pinch
Cashews - 1 tblspn broken into small pieces


Heat 1 tblspn ghee in a kadai. Add in cashews and fry it in the ghee. Once it turn golden, remove it and set aside.

Now Add in grated white pumpkin and water. Saute it well in ghee. Now cook this for 10 mins till it is completely cooked. You can cover this while cooking.

Once the pumpkin is cooked, add sugar and mix well. Keep stiring till the sugar dissolves, it will get watery first and then it will start to boil and get thick.

At that point add in cardamom powder and ghee. Keep stiring, at one point the halwa will leave the sides and form a mass.

At this point add in cashews and mix well.

Serve warm or cold.

Heat ghee in a non stick kadai

Add in cashews

Fry till golden and remove it from ghee

Now in the leftover ghee, 

Add in grated pumpkin, water and mix well

Saute this for few mins. and cook till the
pumpkin is completely cooked

Now it is cooked

Once it is cooked, add in sugar and mix 

Keep this stiring, now the sugar will start melting

After few mins the sugar will start to get thick

Keep stiring at this point

Add in cardamom powder

Food colouring

Mix well

Add in ghee and mix well

The mix will start to leave the sides

And the colour will get dark and the
halwa will be thick

Add in fried cashews and mix well

Halwa done



  1. Lavish and lovely looking halwa.

  2. Lovely dea but pls can u tell me Wat white pumpkin called in konkani.....

  3. @Nishmitha BhandarkarI am not sure..but it looks like this

  4. Hi aarthi.. I made this today... It was jus awesome... Love to send u the photo.. But don't know how.. Colour little different.. I used lemon yellow colour.. Maybe coz of that

  5. Can we use jagerry instead of sugar? To make it more healthier

  6. @AnonymousIt will totally change the taste, not sure how it will turn out. But i think u can use.

  7. Hi Aarthi,

    I tried this today using desi Sugar instead of normal white color one. The color was very nice and taste too.. Also if we add desi sugar, no need to add some artificial color. The color looks awesome. Its similar to the one you showed it in your picture.

  8. Can I use yellow pumpkin instead of white pumpkin?

  9. I made halwa today for the first time seeing your recepi. It was very tasty and delicious.. Thanks a lot Aarti.

  10. It is called dhave(white) kuvaale in Konkani

  11. For how many days this halwa can be kept

  12. @Vijiu can keep it in fridge for a week

  13. my mouth started watering when i saw ur recipe.and i am 16 yrs i only made it in my home and really all p raised me for it .but the real credit should go to u mam .thank u very much.pls make still more recipes

  14. Hi. Ur recipe is so very good. One doubt. Is two tspn ghee enough for the pumpkin halwa. I have that doubt. Thanks


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