Monday, July 18, 2011

Kashi Halwa (Kumbalakayi Halwa)

Ash gourd halwa is popularly known as Kashi Halwa (I don't know why it is called Kashi halwa;-)). Trust me its very tasty. This is a must try for those who have sweet tooth. Its our favorite halwa:-)

Ingredients:
  • Grated Ash gourd- 2 1/2 cups
  • Sugar- 1/2 cup (vary according to your taste)
  • Saffron/ food color - A pinch (Optional)
  • Cardamom powder- 1 tsp
  • Ghee- 4 Tbsp
  • Cashewnut, Raisins- 1 Tbsp each.
Procedure:

Remove the seeds and peel of the Ash gourd and grate it.


Now cook the grated ash gourd in a pressure cooker without adding water (two whistles) and then transfer to a pan along with water (I discarded the excess water to save time).


Continue heating it, until all the water evaporates. Then add 2 Tbsp of ghee and saffron/food color. Keep stirring this mixture for five minutes. Now it starts forming into a mass.


Now add sugar (Again it leaves water).


Keep stirring until it turns into a single mass. Now add the remaining ghee (save little amount of ghee to fry the nuts) and mix well. Keep Stirring for five more minutes. Add fried cashews, raisins. Turn off the heat. Now add the cardamom powder and mix well. Kashi Halwa is ready!!


Above measurement serves two people. You can also try making this halwa by adding jaggery instead of sugar. Try it and enjoy!!

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