Pumpkin or Kaddu Halwa Tasting Like Karachi Halwa

To post or not to post? I was reading about this dilemma of a fellow blogger some time back. Isn’t it something that we all face sometimes when it comes to a certain dish which a tastes great but looks plain. Which loses on beauty but scores on character. I faced the same dilemma this time with this halva. Never thought a healthy dessert could taste like this. The taste was very similar to Karachi Halva minus the chewy-ness. It was super easy to make too. But the look was just not coming out and it was quiet sticky since I added condensed milk. I thought of adding something more and making a double layer sweet. But then I thought why should I spoil the simplicity of this dish? After all simplicity is a big factor that draws me towards a recipe. So leaving the beautification to a later date, here is a very tasty and simple halwa recipe:

Serves: 6

Cooking Time: 50 Mins


Yellow Pumkin 1 kg (before deseeding and peeling)
Sweet Condensed Milk 3 tbsp
Sugar, a little less than a cup
1/4 tsp green cardamom powder
Blanched Almonds and Pistachios – 8-10


  • Cut, peel and deseed the pumpkin. Cut into small and thin pieces or grate it.
  • In a  thick bottomed wok or wide vessel, heat pumpkin and sugar. Turn the heat to minimum and let it cook on slow heat, stirring occasionally. This is a time consuming process, so it would be good to work on something else in parallel and keep coming to it in between 🙂
  • After a while the sugar will melt and pumpkin will release liquid. Stir and let it continue to cook on low heat. When the pumpkin looks completely mashed and slushed (which would be after some 40-45 minutes or sooner if you have grated the pumpkin), increase the heat to medium and keep stirring till the liquid evaporates. Add cardamon powder, condensed milk and chopped almonds and pistachios and stir for a few seconds. Turn off the heat.
  • This halwa was sticky to serve, so I cooled it down and shaped it round like laddoos with greased palms. And thats how I served them 🙂
Sending this to Food For Fasting hosted at Sizzling Tastebuds







14 Responses to “Pumpkin or Kaddu Halwa Tasting Like Karachi Halwa”
  1. Premalatha says:

    delicious halwa and healthy halwa…cute presentation…

  2. Sadhana says:

    A super delicious and lovely halwa.

  3. Prathima Rao says:

    Adorable & irresistible halwa!!! And i love your new layout of recipes…esp the way you write the ingredients..Keep rocking!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  4. Pavielango2002 says:

    Looks so yummy 🙂  and presented beautifully.    

  5. Priya says:

    Halwa looks super delicious and fabulous..

  6. Renuka B says:

    Wow…I love karachi halwa, so I must definitely ry this. I love the photos too.

  7. Kalyan says:

    They look so delicious and mouth-watering…its really so easy to prepare… can’t wait to try it this weekend.

  8. Fionna Chuah says:

    So tempting!! Easy yummy treat! Have a great weekend! 

  9. This doesn’t look plain at all! Love those pumpkin treats.

  10. Archana says:

    Delicious! Mouthwatering!! Needles to say I want them. Will make it and share it with my colleagues!!

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  11. Now Serving says:

    This is a grand post – I have tasted karachi halwa before and I know it is oh so yummy – you have made it look as nice on the outside, my dear 🙂 

  12. Neha Animesh says:


    Came to your blog via Sensitive creations! Glad I found it…you have an amazing collection of veg recipes. What I really, really liked is that so many of them are normal recipes but with a twist: ). So original….I have seen only a few yet (spinach n broccoli saag, paneer in green peas masala, kamal kakdi kofta….), and I know I have to try some soon. Lovely blog!

  13. Neha Animesh says:

    If you get a chance , do visit my blog sometime….http://allthingzbeautiful.blogspot.com/

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