ash gourd halwa recipe | kashi halwa | kushmanda halwa | dumroot halwa

ash gourd halwa recipe | kashi halwa or kushmanda halwa | dumroot halwa with detailed photo and video recipe. a popular and a classic dessert recipe prepared from ash gourd vegetable and sugar. it hails from the popular udupi cuisine and is generally a premium sweet recipe prepared for feasts and occasions. most commonly it served during the lunch feast, or for breakfast as an alternative to kesari bath.
ash gourd halwa recipeash gourd halwa recipe | kashi halwa or kushmanda halwa | dumroot halwa with step by step photo and video recipe. udupi cuisine or udupi hotels are generally popular for its savory snacks and morning breakfast recipes. it is clearly visible in most of the udupi hotels which is popular across all over india. but there are certain sweets recipes native to udupi and one such sweet is kashi halwa.

i have personal attachment and a long history to this udupi dessert delicacy. kashi halwa or kushmanda halwa is my personal favourite recipe and it is one of the must recipe for our family feast and functions. as matter of fact it was one of the premium sweet recipe prepared in my marriage too. the best part of this sweet is the grated ash gourd pearls which turns caramelized and burst in your mouth when consumed. moreover ash gourd halwa last long for a while when stored in fridge and can be easily relished regularly in small portions. in my hometown, you can easily find many colored dumroot halwa recipe which is basically prepared with choice of artificial colors. but i have used the natural color of kesar in this recipe which give it a light saffron color.

kashi halwa

furthermore, i would like to highlight some tips and tricks for this ash gourd halwa recipe. firstly, the recipe can be a time consuming to prepare, especially the continuous stirring part. but keep patience and stir at regular interval for a crunchy, caramelized kashi halwa. secondly, i would heavily recommend to grate ash gourd and do not use food processor to grate it. with food processor it may turn into a paste and you may not get crunchy and caramelized effect. lastly, as a variation, you can serve these warm halwa with the combination of a vanilla scoop. basically very similar to the carrot halwa and vanilla ice cream or gulab jamun and vanilla ice cream combo.

finally i would like to highlight my other indian sweets recipes collection with this post of ash gourd halwa. it includes recipes like lauki halwa, bread halwa, atta ke halwa, wheat halwa, carrot halwa, badam halwa, sooji halwa, bombay ice halwa, corn flour halwa, custard powder halwa and moong dal halwa. in addition i do request you to check my other similar recipes collection like,

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ash gourd halwa recipe
ash gourd halwa recipe | kashi halwa | kushmanda halwa | dumroot halwa
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

easy ash gourd halwa recipe | kashi halwa | kushmanda halwa | dumroot halwa

Course: sweet
Cuisine: karnataka, south indian, udupi
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Hebbars Kitchen
Ingredients (1 cup = 255 ML)
  • 3 cup 800 grams ash gourd / winter melon / kumbala kai, grated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp saffron / kesar
  • ¼ cup ghee / clarified butter
  • 15 cashew / kaju
  • ¼ tsp cardamom / elachi powdered
Instructions
  1. firstly, grate 3 cups of ash gourd making sure to discard the skin.
  2. take the grated ash gourd into large kadai along with juice released from ash gourd.
  3. cook for 25-30 minutes or till the ash gourd is cooked completely and water is absorbed.
  4. now add 1 cup sugar and ¼ tsp saffron. adjust sugar to your sweetness.
  5. mix well till the sugar dissolves completely.
  6. boil for 5 minutes or more till the sugar syrup thickens.
  7. simmer for 10 minutes or more till the sugar syrup is absorbed completely.
  8. further, add ¼ cup ghee and mix well.
  9. mix till the ghee starts to release from sides.
  10. now fry 15 cashews with a tsp of ghee till they turn golden brown.
  11. pour the fried cashews over khushbanda halwa along with¼ tsp cardamom powder and mix well.
  12. finally, mix and serve kashi halwa / ash gourd halwa hot or refrigerate and enjoy for a week.

how to make ash gourd halwa with step by step photo:

  1. firstly, grate 3 cups of ash gourd making sure to discard the skin.
    ash gourd halwa recipe
  2. take the grated ash gourd into large kadai along with juice released from ash gourd.
    ash gourd halwa recipe
  3. cook for 25-30 minutes or till the ash gourd is cooked completely and water is absorbed.
    ash gourd halwa recipe
  4. now add 1 cup sugar and ¼ tsp saffron. adjust sugar to your sweetness.
    ash gourd halwa recipe
  5. mix well till the sugar dissolves completely.
    kashi halwa
  6. boil for 5 minutes or more till the sugar syrup thickens.
    kashi halwa
  7. simmer for 10 minutes or more till the sugar syrup is absorbed completely.
    kashi halwa
  8. further, add ¼ cup ghee and mix well.
    kushmanda halwa
  9. mix till the ghee starts to release from sides.
    kushmanda halwa
  10. now fry 15 cashews with a tsp of ghee till they turn golden brown.
    dumroot halwa
  11. pour the fried cashews over khushbanda halwa along with¼ tsp cardamom powder and mix well.
    dumroot halwa
  12. finally, mix and serve kashi halwa / ash gourd halwa hot or refrigerate and enjoy for a week.
    kashi halwa

notes:

  • firstly, cook the halwa on low to medium flame to avoid burning.
  • also, add sugar only after water is completely dried out from ash gourd.
  • additionally, stir well for uniform cooking and prevent from burning.
  • finally, kashi halwa / ash gourd halwa recipe tastes great when served warm.
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