Ash gourd halwa is a tasty and popular sweet of South India. It is called by different names as Kashi Halwa, Dum root halwa or Budhgumbala kayi halwa. It is rich in taste with added nuts and ghee. 

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Ash gourd is a healthy vegetable. It is usually used in sambar, yoghurt based dishes as majjige huli and sometimes in stir fry.  Ash gourd halwa is popular in South India and is pre dominantly made during functions and ceremonies. It is popular by the local names.

My other halwa recipes: Carrot halwa ABC Halwa Beetroot halwa

Ash gourd halwa / dum root halwa
Ash gourd halwa / Dum root halwa
ash gourd halwa / dum root halwa
ash gourd halwa / dum root halwa

Let’s get cooking Ash Gourd Halwa


Measurement : 1 cup =250 ml
  • 2 cup grated ash gourd
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • 5 almonds
  • 8 cashewnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder


  1. Remove the skin of ash gourd and discard the seeds and pith of it.
  2. Grate it. Do not discard the water.
  3. Take a teaspoon of ghee and roast the cashes, put them aside. Cut the almonds and roast them. Put them along with cashew.
  4. Now, add the grated ash gourd and roast it for four to five minutes.
  5. The raw smell of the vegetable should vanish.
  6. Add sugar and ghee to it and roast it on a low flame for fifteen to twenty minutes.
  7. Finally, add cardamom powder and remove from flame.
Take a tip:
  • The skin of ash gourd is thick and needs to be removed carefully.
  • Increase the quantity of sugar by quarter cup, if you want it to be more sweet.
  • Raisins may be used.
making of dum root halwa
making of dum root halwa

pictures in sequence are : ash gourd, grated ash gourd, sauting of dry fruits ( three pictures), sauting of ash gourd,  condensed form, adding of sugar, adding of ghee.

(I missed taking the picture of the halwa in the pan )

Ash gourd halwa / Dum root halwa

Ash gourd halwa is one of the finest sweets prepared in South India. It is common during ceremonies.

Course indian sweets
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword ash gourd halwa, budh kumbalakayi halwa, dum root halwa, kashi halwa
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Author jayashree


  • 2 cup ash gourd grated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • 6 almonds
  • 6 cashew
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder


  1. Remove the skin and pith of the ash gourd. Grate it

  2. Take a thick bottom pan, add a teaspoon of ghee and roast the cashew and almond separately. Add the grated pumpkin and saute it until the raw smell goes and the water is condensed. 

  3. Put the sugar and ghee to it, mix and cook it on a low flame for fifteen to twenty minutes until it is done. 

  4. Add cardamom powder and remove from flame. Serve after sometime. 

Recipe Notes

  • Use fresh and good quality (firm) pumpkin.
  • Removing the skin is not easy, do it cautiously.
  • Adjust sugar accordingly, this isn't too sweet.
  • You can use raisins, I usually avoid it. 
ash gourd halwa /dum root halwa
ash gourd halwa /dum root halwa

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  1. Ash Gourd as an ingredient is one of my favourites. We use it a lot in both savoury and sweet dishes in south indian cuisine. This looks lovely and apt for the theme. Great post!

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