Kasi Halwa / Winter melon Halwa / Vellai poosanikai Halwa

by - November 06, 2013

Kasi Halwa / Winter melon Halwa / Vellai poosanikai Halwa
          Kasi Halwa is a traditional sweet of Kumbakonam usually served in hindu weddings.. I tasted this many times and didn't know it is made out of pumkin until my mum reveal it.. Yes, I am amazed to hear a vegetable, which I hate in my childhood days, craved me to ask more in dessert form.  You won't believe, it taste divine and slide from your throat, end up in eating entire bowl with out your knowledge..Diet people wont even think to prepare this it is seriously addictive..
       Traditionally, one string sugar syrup is prepared this halwa, but I have shared my mom's recipe which doesn't call for syrup preparation and  made it as fool proof one..

       Special Thanks to my dear friend Vidya Suvesan, who always thing about for my blog in between her personal life and gives me a surprise by presenting cute props..The cute "Tinis glass" in the pictures  was from her gift list..
.. This recipes is for  Blogging Marathon theme " Dessert with Vegetables" . Do check other Blogging Marathoners are doing. blogging-marathon.

Kasi Halwa / Winter melon Halwa / Vellai poosanikai Halwa

Preparation time: 20 ~ 30 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes ~ 1 hour
Yield: 1 1/2 cups

3 cups winter melon 
3/4 ~ 1 cup milk
1 1/4 ~ 1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup or 10 tbsp + 2 tsp ghee
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
Cashew nuts as needed
Saffron or orange food color as needed


1. Wash and peel the outer skin of the winter melon and scrape out the seed portion and discard the  seeds.
2. Grate the white portion and squeeze out the water as much as possible.
3. Heat heavy bottom pan, add milk, saffron and squeezed melon and cook in medium heat, until raw smell disappear or until milk evaporates and still, cooked melon retain its moisture.
4. Add sugar and mix the mixture, to dissolve the sugar. When mixture thickens, slowly add 1 tbsp of ghee at time and stir. Continue adding ghee until you finish 2/3 of the ghee.
5. In a separate pan, fry cashews nut with little oil and add to the halwa mixture along with cardamom powder. Mix and serve warm.
Kasi Halwa / Winter melon Halwa / Vellai poosanikai Halwa

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  1. drool worthy and very authentic halwa!!!

  2. Its ages since I made / ate this. Lovely color and love your display glass :)

  3. wow that an drool worth kasi halwa :) looks super delicious dear !!

  4. Very colorful and delicious looking Halwa. Looks awesome.

  5. Lovely and delicious halwa.. yummy!!

  6. That is such a yummy looking halwa.

  7. Halwa looks so nice. Love the color and your clicks.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Wow awesome clicks and looks so yummy :D

  9. Delicious and very tempting halwa..

  10. Beautiful and drool worthy pictures..Love the shape of the bowls!

  11. what a beautiful texture and I love pumpkin and would surely love this one!


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