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Sarkkarai Pongal | Sweet Pongal

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Sarkkarai Pongal - this is a quick and easy dish for prasadam. And this Sarkkarai Pongal has also been an absolute favourite prasadam for many of us. The taste of this Sarkkarai Pongal, depend on the quality of the jaggery we use. I usually prefer pagu vellam for pongal and payasam dishes. The colour and taste of this jaggery vary from place to place. Some jaggery are dark brown while others are yellow or orange coloured jaggery. In this recipe, I have used the dark brown jaggery and it tastes so good. My husband bought me this dark brown jaggery (Kottayam Vellam) from Nanguneri. Now let's see some important tips for perfect Sarkkarai Pongal.


White Pumpkin Halwa | Kasi Halwa

White pumpkin halwa also called as Kasi halwa is a quick and easy dessert with a very few ingredients. My husband bought me a big white pumpkin from the market and I don't know how to finish it. Because after cutting the white pumpkin, it doesn't taste good after 2 hours. We usually prepare kootu, sambar and thayir patchadi. This time my periappa(uncle) taught me this halwa with white pumpkins and it tastes so good. In our hometown, this white pumpkin halwa is served as a dessert for breakfast on special occasions.

White Pumpkin Halwa | Kasi Halwa - Diwali dessert recipes, White pumpkin halwa also called as Kasi halwa is a quick and easy dessert with a very few ingredients. My husband bought me a big white pumpkin from the market and I don't know how to finish it. Because after cutting the white pumpkin, it doesn't taste good after 2 hours. We usually prepare kootu, sambar and thayir patchadi. This time my periappa(uncle) taught me this halwa with white pumpkins and it tastes so good. In our hometown, this white pumpkin halwa is served as a dessert for breakfast on special occasions. It's very easy to make, you just need to pay some attention when sauteing the pumpkin gratings. The halwa is prepared with sauteing the pumpkin gratings in ghee for 5 minutes and then we have to cook till soft. When it's done, then we have to add sugar and ghee. This white pumpkin tends to require less sugar when compared to other vegetables. You can prepare this halwa within 20 minutes. Instead of spending several hours in your kitchen for a dessert,  you can prepare this easy and delicious halwa once in a while for your family.



It's very easy to make, you just need to pay some attention when sauteing the pumpkin gratings. The halwa is prepared with sauteing the pumpkin gratings in ghee for 5 minutes and then we have to cook till soft. When it's done, then we have to add sugar and ghee. This white pumpkin tends to require less sugar when compared to other vegetables. You can prepare this halwa within 20 minutes. Instead of spending several hours in your kitchen for a dessert,  you can prepare this easy and delicious halwa once in a while for your family.

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White Pumpkin Halwa Recipe Details 
 
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Prep time : 15 minutes
Cook time : 20 minutes
Yields : 250 grams
Category : dessert
Author : Muthulakshmi Madhavakrishnan

Ingredients
  • half white pumpkin or 2 cups grated white pumpkin
  • 200 grams sugar
  • 1/4 tsp red food colour
  • 7 split cashew nuts
  • 5 tbsp ghee
Cooking Directions
  1. Peel the pumpkin gently and remove the seeds thoroughly.Use a carrot grater and grate it uniformly without any solid pieces. Squeeze it gently with your palm and transfer it to a plate.
  2. Heat a tsp of ghee in a nonstick kadai and add the grated white pumpkin. Stir and saute them well for a few minutes.
  3. When the pumpkin gratings are sauted well, add 1/2 cup of water and mix well.
  4. Cover and cook the pumpkins approximately 10 to 15 minutes or until most of the juices have evaporated. Check every now and then to prevent it from burning.
  5. Open the kadai and add the red  food colour, sugar. Allow the sugar to dissolve completely. The sugar must be completely dissolved before adding the ghee.
  6. In the meantime, fry the cashew nuts with a tsp of ghee and add it to the halwa. Start stirring the halwa until it is quite dry by adding ghee in regular intervals. When the halwa turns thick, turn off the heat and keep it as it is in the kadai heat for 10 minutes.

White Pumpkin Halwa with step by step photos 

Peel the pumpkin gently and remove the seeds thoroughly. Cut them into big pieces as in the picture so that it would be easy for grating

Use a carrot grater and grate it uniformly without any solid pieces.


Squeeze it gently with your palm and transfer it to a plate or bowl. 

Heat a tsp of ghee in a nonstick kadai and add the grated white pumpkin. Stir and saute them well for a few minutes. 

 When the pumpkin gratings are sauted well, add 1/2 cup of water and mix well. 


Cover and cook the pumpkins approximately 10 to 15 minutes or until most of the juices have evaporated. Check every now and then to prevent it from burning.



Open the kadai and add the red  food colour, sugar. Allow the sugar to dissolve completely. The sugar must be completely dissolved before adding the ghee.  

Start stirring the halwa until it is quite dry by adding ghee in regular intervals.

In the meantime, fry the cashew nuts with a tsp of ghee and add it to the halwa. 

When the halwa turns thick, turn off the heat and keep it as it is in the kadai heat for 10 minutes. Then transfer the halwa to a box greased with ghee.


 Delicious and yummy White Pumpkin Halwa (Kasi Halwa) is ready to serve. 




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