Ash Gourd Halwa

The first recipe I wish to share is a sweet dish that is immensely popular in our home and that is Ash Gourd Halwa. This dish is a great way to end a meal or to begin a meal.


Ash Gourd Halwa

To make this halwa, you will need the following ingredients:
1 Kg Ash Gourd peeled and deseeded (results in 2 cups when grated)
1/2 cup Sugar
1″piece Cinnamon
2 Cloves
2 Cardamom
3 Tbsps Ghee
Handful of raisins and cashews
For the caramel (optional, to color the halwa)
2 Tbsps Sugar
The gourd when peeled and deseeded appears as shown below.

Ash Gourd peeled and deseeded

Ash Gourd peeled and deseeded

Grate the ash gourd fine. This will result in 2 cups of gourd as shown below.
Ash Gourd after grating

Ash Gourd after grating

Cook this in a pressure pan with the cinnamon, cloves and cardamom ( 3-4 whistles). Continue to cook the mixture. Gradually add the sugar and check for the desired level of sweetness (You could use less than the suggested amount of sugar). Keep stirring the mixture and continue to cook till all the moisture evaporates.
In another pan, heat the 2 tbsps of sugar on a low flame till it melts and turns golden brown. Take care to ensure that the sugar does not burn as then it will give a bitter taste to the halwa. Add this to the mixture to impart a brown color to the halwa.
Add three tbsps of ghee to the mixture and stir nicely till the ghee melts and merges into the mixture. Fry the dry fruits in a little ghee and add to the halwa and the halwa is ready to eat.
This will stay fresh for 2-3 days and can be served hot or cold. Enjoy!


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