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Ash gourd halwa / dum root halwa

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.