Kasi Halwa is one of the most scrumptious halwa, which will melt-away the moment you put it in your mouth. This popular South Indian traditional sweet is made with white pumpkin, sugar, ghee and nuts. The preparation is very simple and is usually enjoyed during weddings, festivals and special ceremonies. Here goes the easy yet delicious recipe for you to try at home..:)
White pumpkin grated - 2 cups
Sugar - 1 cup
Cashew nuts - 7 or 8
Ghee - 3 tbsp
Khoya - 1 tbsp
Food color (optional) - a pinch
Cardamom pwd - a pinch
Saffron strands - a few
Peel off the skin of white pumpkin, remove the seeds and shred the inner fleshy part.
Squeeze out the excess water from the grated pumpkin completely through a strainer. ( do not throw the water. We can use the nutritious water in cooking )
Soak cashew in warm water for 5 mins and slice it to thin pieces.
Heat a pan, add a tbsp of ghee.
Add the shredded pumpkin, saute well.
Cook covered for five minutes or until the raw smell disappears. The pumpkin should be cooked soft.
Toss well in high flame.
Once it is cooked, the pumpkin will turn glossy and transparent.
At this stage, add sugar and mix well.
The halwa becomes a little watery but keep heating it stirring continuously.
Now you can see the sugar has come to sticky consistency.
Add khoya and combine.
Mix a pinch of food color in 1 tsp of milk and add it to the halwa.
Now add 2 tbsp of ghee and stir continuously in low flame.
It will start forming a mass and leaves the sides of the pan.
Once it reaches the sticky halwa consistency, turn off flame. Add cardamom pwd saffron strands.
Garnish with cashew nut slices.
Transfer it to serving bowl and enjoy.
Serve hot or warm. Both tastes equally delicious.
Healthy and delicious Kasi Halwa ready for festive celebs..:)