Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kuve Pitta Duddali (Arrowroot Halwa)

Kuve Pitta Duddali is a newly learnt dish. In Konkani, kuve peeta means arrowroot powder and duddali means halwa. I got this recipe from a cook book written by Jaya V Shenoy. This recipe is very simple and can be made within 15-20 minutes (cooking time). Its very hard to go wrong with the making of it and the best part is it doesn't demand any ghee :-)

Arrowroot powder is generally used as a thickening agent. I have been thinking of making this from a long time. My mother never made this for us but she says that my grand mother used to make this regularly especially during summer time as it has a cooling effect on our body. I loved it the very first time I tried it. The halwa has a very different texture. Do try making this simple halwa and enjoy!!

  • Arrowroot powder(kuve peeta)- 1/2 cup
  • Sugar- 1/2 cup
  • Milk- 1/2 cup
  • Water- 1 1/2 cups
  • Cardamom pods- 2
  • Ghee- For greasing


Take arrowroot powder in a bowl and add plenty of water to it and mix well. 

Now allow this mixture to rest for half an hour. The powder settles at the bottom leaving clear water at the top.

Now slowly drain the water (as much as you can). Then add 1 1/2 cups of water to the thick white paste and mix well. Now add this diluted paste to a kadai (or pan) along with milk and sugar. Mix well and start heating this mixture on a medium heat.

Once the mixture gets heated, it starts to thicken. Keep mixing it continuously.

Gradually the mixture thickens completely and reaches a halwa stage (as shown below). At this stage add cardamom powder and mix well.

Then pour this mixture into a greased tray and even it out.

Allow it to cool. Then cut it into desired shapes. 

Kuve Pitta Duddali is ready!!

Serve it warm or at room temperature. Above measurement serves 2-3 people.


  1. Thanks.Made it immediately.Loved it.

  2. Wow.. that was too quick Shubha..Glad you loved it. Thanks for the feedback. Do try other recipes as well :-)

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    1. Good to hear that it turned out well for you. Happy New year :)