Pumpkin halwa

Pumpkin halwa

Pumpkin halwa is a very popular sweet dish usually made for special occasions.


  • 450g/1lb pumpkin, courgettes, bottle gourd or carrots
  • 550ml/1 pint milk
  • 1 tsp cardamom seeds, crushed
  • 1 tbsp sultanas
  • 2 tbsp clarified (or unsalted) butter
  • 8 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp halved cashews, flaked almonds, and pistachio slivers, lightly toasted
  • 1 tsp rosewater or screwpine essence (optional, but do not be tempted to add more)
  • silver leaf, chirongi nuts and watermelon seeds (available in Indian grocers), and red rose petals to garnish (optional)