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Kasi Halwa (Ash Gourd/Winter melon Halwa)

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Last week, we had attended a function, wherein we had tiffin meals. All the items served there was new to me as it was a typical Tamil feast. The first item served was a sweet. On enquiring with my friends, I was told that it is Kasi Halwa. I loved the taste so much that I had made up my mind to try this one at home at the earliest chance. More so, as it is a very easy to prepare dessert.

The recipe yields about a bowlful of Halwa, as seen in the picture.

 

 

Kasi Halwa (Ash Gourd/Winter melon Halwa)

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Kasi Halwa (Ash Gourd/Winter melon Halwa)

Last week, we had attended a function, wherein we had tiffin meals. All the items served there was new to me as it was a typical Tamil feast. The first item served was a sweet. On enquiring with my friends, I was told that it is Kasi Halwa. I loved he taste so much that I had made up my mind to try

Ingredients
  

  • 250 gms Ash gourd Winter melon
  • 125 gms Sugar or less
  • 1 - 1/2 tablespoons Clarified Butter /Ghee
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cardamom powder
  • a pinch Salt (Optional)
  • a pinch Orange colour (you could use any colour)
  • 4 - 5 Cashewnuts (Optional)

Instructions
 

  • Fry the cashewnuts in clarified butter (1 teaspoon) till golden brown. Drain and keep aside.
  • Grate the ash gourd and tip into a pan along with ghee.
  • When it starts to release its juices, add the sugar, colour and cardamom powder.
  • Cook on medium heat till the water is absorbed and becomes glossy and thick. The consistency we are looking for is a softer version of Jam.
  • Switch off heat.
  • Garnish with fried cashewnuts and serve.

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