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Kashi halwa (Ash Gourd halwa)


Konkani Sweet Dish

Filed in Desserts and Sweets

Serves 4 people

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Very easy to make and tastes good


  • 2 cup Grated and squeezed ash gourd
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1cup Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Ghee
  • 2-3 strands Saffron
  • a pinch of Orange food color
  • 1 tbsp Cashew nuts(broken)
  • 1 tbsp Raisins
  • ½ tsp.Cardamom powder


  1. Boil the milk and cook the grated and squeezed ash gourd in the milk. (I did it in a pressure cooker, so that by the time the ash gourd cooks the milk also thickens).
  2. Mix the saffron in a little milk and add to the cooked ash gourd. Mix the food color also in a little milk and add to the cooked ash gourd.
  3. In a heavy bottomed pan, heat 2 tbsp. of ghee and saute the cooked ash gourd in it for 5 minutes,
  4. Add the sugar and keep stirring until all the sugar is absorbed and the mixture starts leaving the sides of the pan.
  5. Add one tbsp. of ghee and mix well.
  6. Add the cardomom powder and remove from the stove.
  7. Heat the remaining ghee in a pan and add the cashew nuts and raisins.
  8. When the cashew nuts turn light pink in color pour onto the halwa
  9. Mix well.
  10. Enjoy the delicious Kashi halwa!

Latest Comments

By shwetashetty on 8/31/2009 10:06:00 PM

Dear Divya, sorry girl, the first sentence in my previous comment on this page has some mistakes committed due to haste. So, please forgive, and kindly read it thus......" as per my knowledge, there are two types of vegetables from....

By shwetashetty on 8/31/2009 1:09:00 PM

Dear Divya, as per my knowledge I grasped, there are two types of vegetables from 'kadhu family', that are very popular in India. The roundish yellow coloured gourd which in general is called as 'kadhu' in Hindi [pumpkin in English, and mostly used for making soups and pies in Western Countries]. The white coloured gourd which is ash gourd in English , is 'Petha or safed kaddu' in Hindi. Cheers,

By Divya on 8/31/2009 12:27:00 AM

What is ash gourd in hindi?


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