Monday, November 19, 2007

Pumpkin, Date & Walnut Halwa aka Kaddu, Khajur aur Akhrote ka Halwa


I can write about the pumpkin being in season and how it is all over the market, and is just the right time for a pumpkin recipe!

Or, I can regale my childhood stories about how I had a pumpkin patch and about the harvest that we had every year!

May be I can charm you with the nutritional properties of orange colored vegetables. But no.
I will just get right to the recipe and the pictures... :)


Pumpkin Date Walnut Halwa
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1 cup grated pumpkin (I used a butternut squash)
1/2 cup dates
1/4 cup walnut, coarsely powdered
1/2 tsp elaichi/cardamom powder
2 tbsp + 1tsp ghee
2 tbsp brown sugar (adjust to taste)
1.5 tbsp milk powder (optional)
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1. Soak finely chopped dates in 1/4 cup water till you are grating the squash. This step can be omitted if you are using the any soft dates like medjool etc.
2. Heat 2tbsp ghee.
3. Add grated squash and saute for 2-3 minutes.
4. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Keep an eye on it, it gets cooked very fast.
5. Add the softened dates and sugar, stir well. Cook for a few minutes till everything comes together.
6. Add milk powder(if using) and walnut powder, stir well till incorporated.
7. Add 1tsp ghee along the edges of the pan and stir till it comes together.
8. Garnish with walnut halves and serve hot :)
Try this halwa once, it is rich in taste with that amazing dark color, you will enjoy the natural flavors.
This halwa tastes much better the next day, if possible do allow a day for the flavors to play their magic.
I'm not sure if my mind was playing games with me, but it tastes like Gajar ka Halwa after the flavors have developed for a couple of days :)


Notice the napkin under the plate? It is my favorite napkin with the lace made by my mom using shutle :)

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Sending it over to Chandrika for AFAM-dates.

Click here for one more dish using Butternut Squash.

46 comments:

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

hey, this ones cool!!!! and the pic looks very good too :)

Kribha said...

Dates and walnut together sounds delicious with the sweet pumpkin. Wonderful combination. I drooling at your rich halwa. Nice one Richa.

Kribha said...

Sorry. I'm drooling at your halwa.

Madhu said...

Thats one yummy combo. Looks great very delicious entry Richa.

Mythreyee said...

Thats a wonderful combo. I have a sweet tooth and this is a perfect one to try. thanks.

Asha said...

That looks like a moist fruit cake! YUMMY!

Rajitha said...

walnuts and dates..yum! that would make it pretty rich..i can almost taste it...and yeah! you really gave no insight on why u like pumpkin ;)

remya said...

lovely combo...sounds delicious...gud entry....i love the rich color of halwa.slurp!!!

Laavanya said...

What a rich looking dessert and such awesome flavors too. Cool.

Richa said...

thanks ramya! yeah this one has good combo of natural ingredients, no flour etc, do try!

thanks kribha! i knew you would like it a lot, the color is enchanting and the taste really comes thru after a day, very easy to make as well.

Richa said...

thanks madhu! glad u liked it dear.

thanks mythereyee, do let me know when you try, can adjust sweetness as per taste :)

thanks asha! oh yeah it is moist and i just shaped it for presentation :)

Richa said...

thanks rajitha, it is rich, in color as well as taste, do try :)
sorry, could not give too much insight about the pumpkin though, i'm sure google will help u in that dept ;)

thanks remya, me too love the color :)

thanks laavanya! the flavors do blend well and am happy eating this guiltfree dessert :)

musical said...

He he, no stories? why :-D. This is one cute halwa :). I love saying the name, especially in Hindi :-D. If you had used Kaju instead of Akhrote, it would be called KKK, like a desi movie or a TV serial :-D. So, again, what was that about the pumpking patch from your childhood :-D.

Love,
musical.

Seema said...

Nice dessert...very rich & looks great. A must try!

Richa said...

haanji musical! koi gall nai ji, thuadde vastey Kissa Khajur aur Kaddu Ka kardeyangey :)
it does sound exotic in hindi :)
enjoy, do try it dear and lemme' know how u like it.

thanks seema dear!
lemme' know when you do try :)
enjoy....

Roopa said...

lovely combo richa dates and pumpkin :)

sagari said...

halwa looks deleciousssssss

bee said...

i'm sure the walnut adds a very special touch. lovely recipe.

TBC said...

Wow! a PDW halwa that tastes like gajar ka halwa after a couple of days. That's pretty impressive, Richa;-)

Nags said...

i would love a piece of that!

Latha Narasimhan said...

Richa dear! I have visited atleast 20 blogs since morning and all of them have posted for some event! Toordal dates or ginger! :D All of us are so crazy! I am posting only for events :D Your halwa looks great! My weight has increased after I started blogging! :)

Vcuisine said...

Richa, the best way to treat ourself. Very nice Halwa aka kaddu. Viji

sra said...

Nice recipe, never thought of pumpkin and dates together.

Raaga said...

looks so good... :) pumpkin pie topping could be this halwa, what say?

Menu Today said...

Hi,
Awesome looking cake.. Thanks for sharing.

Rachna said...

can u imagine the combo of kaddu, khajur and akhrote...wow...i never heard of it before and it sounds out of thi world.....my mouth is watering

Lissie said...

richa, i am sure the halwa tastes divine! i love pumpkin in any recipe:) great combination!

Susan said...

Even though you didn't tout the nutritional value of this tempting sweet, you know it's as good for you as it is indulgent. I love the lace trim on your placemat, Richa. Tatting is a lost art. As a crocheter, I appreciate handmade delicacy.

Sandeepa(Bong Mom's CookBook/DesiMomzClub) said...

Wow kaddu & khajur that is a great combo. Love dhow you shaped your halwa like a cake

Happy cook said...

Wow they just look so delicious. I have had pumpkin halwa, my mom used to make them, but with dates in it that too have to de delicious.
Love to have them

Sig said...

I was here yesterday, but missed this. Ms.lazypants started making two posts per day? :D
I love everything about this Richa, all my favorite ingredients in one... It looks like a cake actually :)
I am loving it... (In McD tune...)
Happy Thanksgiving sweetie..

Tee said...

What a delightful combination! Halwa khupach chaan distoy!

Richa said...

thanks roopa! rich it is:)

thanks sagari :)

bee, u got that right, walnut makes eveything tastier :)

thanks tbc! yup, not sure if it was just in my mind, but i felt it tasted like gajar halwa after a couple of days heh!heh!

Richa said...

thanks latha! yes, i did read ur post about the woes of event contributions....lol!!
i shud hv added some ginger in here :)

thanks viji, nice to see u back.

thanks sra, yes i did think a lot before putting this recipe together ;)

thanks raaga!
tht is a lovely idea and why not :)

Richa said...

thanks MT!

yup rachna, date and walnut is one yum combo, so i thot of adding pumkin and what a beautiful dish it turned out :)

thanks lissie!
do try, u will like the flavors :)

Richa said...

thanks susan!
yes it is indulgent, but in a guilt free kind of a way ;) i've done it even without any sugar, dates were enough to sweeten it, can try that way as well :)
wow, u too did the shutle work, i always loved the laces that my mom made for my frocks as a kid :)

thanks sandeepa! yup after i took the pics, i realised it does look like a cake :)

thanks hc! do try, it is one quick and yummy dessert.

Richa said...

thanks sig!
u caught me there!! i surprised myself by posting 2 in a day, that will be the last of that i think!! oops! but never say never.....
halwa did tutn out well, what with all those yum things going in :)

thanks tee! hya halwyacha color pahunach maja vatatey, phar soppa ahey karayla :) enjoy.....

Prema Sundar said...

wow that looks very nice.. can u send some please!!!!!!

Linda said...

That's a very rich and almost Thanksgiving-y sounding halwa, Richa -- I agree the walnuts must make it extra-special :)

TheCooker said...

Arre wah Richa... the halwa looks and sounds delicious.

Shivapriya said...

Nice combo. I'm sure it tastes delicious. Very innovative.

KayKat said...

Wow! I've tried the walnut-date thing, but never with pumpkins - that's a whole new twist.

Sounds delicious!

Pravs said...

have not tried this type of halwa..but then with date and walnut in it..must have complimented well with pumpkin. Looks good to try.

Rachel said...

Wow at the first look it resembled a choco cake..walnuts in a halwa..nice!!!

Cynthia said...

I think we'd enjoy it anyway you present it to us :)

SteamyKitchen said...

A pumpkin patch! How cool. I'd love to hear about the stories of the pumpkin patch!

Thanks for stopping by and for saying hi to Chef Hari for me!

xoxo,jaden