WHITE PUMPKIN WHEAT HALWA


I ordered my weekly vegetables online,and I

normally receive cut slices of white pumpkin.

This time I received one whole pumpkin.

I think the pumpkin had too many of my stares,

and thoughts of what to do,as I didn’t have the

mood to cut it through.My mind for a weekend

dessert was something else , but here came a

power cut and as my oven is not connected to

the inverter,I had no option than to cut open

this pumpkin , and got ready to make a halwa

with it . Grated the vegetable…..after I finished

the power was back šŸ˜¢.Whew!

Anyway no regrets as the dessert was amazing .

I have posted halwa recipes with this vegetable,

but this time there was an addition of wheat

flour and pistachio garnish .No colour , as I

wanted the pistachios to look contrasted to the

white colour.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

300-400 gm white pumpkin grated

3/4 cup wheat flour

1 tsp cardamon powder

1/2 tsp nutmeg powder

3/4 cup ghee

1 cup sugar or to taste

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup milk / coconut milk

A handful of crushed pistachios

METHOD

Heat 1/4 cup ghee,and add the grated pumpkin.

Cook till it is partly dry and add the wheat flour

and mix well .

Keep mixing for 10 minutes adding 2-3 tsps of

ghee at intervals.

Add sugar and the rest of the ingredients,and

keep mixing till the mixture turns thick into

one lump.Keep adding the remaining ghee

gradually at intervals .

Transfer to a tray and top with pistachios .

Note : A question may arise why I didn’t

roast the flour first, and then add the

pumpkin.Had I roasted the flour the colour

would have changed light brown and the

taste would have been different . I wanted

the halwa to be white and the blend was

excellent!

Check link for my previous post on the same

Vegetable https://calinskitchen.com/2016/03/01/white-pumpkin-and-coconut-milk-halwa/

LAUKI HALWA


Summer days it’s best to include vegetables and

fruit which contain water ,like cucumber,bottle

gourd,pumpkin ( preferably the white)gourd ,…

to keep you hydrated.It’s best to include as

salads and drinks .

Today I’m sharing the recipe for bottlegourd or

lauki halwa. I have already shared lauki halwa

with almonds .Checkout link

https://calinskitchen.com/2019/12/15/bottle-gourd-halwa/

This one is like the Bombay halwa , thickened

with cornflour .Soft and easy to pick a piece šŸ˜.

To the simple recipe .

INGREDIENTS

2 cups bottlegourd ( lauki)

3/4 -1 cup sugar

3/4 cup cornflour mixed in a little water

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

A pinch of nutmeg powder

Handful of cashewnuts

A pinch of edible camphor

1/4 cup ghee

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Grind the gourd to a very fine paste .

Heat half of the ghee in a thick bottomed kadai.

Add the ground paste with salt to the heated

ghee, and cook till you see it turning glossy .

Add sugar and cook till sugar dissolves.

Add the cornflour mix,and the rest of the

ingredients .

Take care and keep stirring as the minute you

add the cornflour , it will thicken .

Add the remaining ghee and keep cooking till

the mixture is thick and forms into one lump,

and leaves the sides of the pan.

Transfer to a greased plate.

Smear a little ghee on the top.

Allow to cool and cut into pieces .

Note: No colouring is required

BOTTLE GOURD BADAM HALWA


Bottle gourd or ‘Lauki’ (Hindi) ‘Sorakkai'(Tamil)

is vegetable with 96 percent of water .

Consuming it as juice ,helps in weight loss and

removal of acidity in the body. Ayurvedic

medicine considers it to be a nerve tonic , good

for ulcers,constipation , for healthy liver and

many more benefits .The extract of this bottle

gourd plant is used to treat jaundice .

I cook this vegetable often, with dal or stuffed

curry ( recipe uploaded) or salad.

This time I turned it sweet!Yes,bottlegourd

halwa.This vegetable can be grated and made

like the carrot halwa for a variation.

My recipe today is with finely ground gourd.

So…for the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups peeled and ground bottlegourd

1/4 cup ground almonds

1 cup sugar

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

1/4 cup ghee

a pinch of salt

1 tblsp of corn flour mixed in a little water

METHOD

Heat half the ghee, in thick bottomed/non stick

pan.

Add the ground vegetable ,almonds and salt.

Cook for 10 minutes and add sugar.

Keep stirring , till sugar dissolves .

Add corn flour mixture and cook till the

mixture leaves the sides of the pan.

Add the rest of the ghee and cardamom powder

Keep stirring till the mixture, clings onto the

spoon .

Transfer to a greased plate.Smear a little ghee

on top . Press on with watermelon seeds or

cashewnuts.

Cut into pieces after it is cool.

( No coloring was added )