Friday, September 18, 2009

KoLa Na Halwa - Pumpkin Halwa

KoLu means pumpkin in Gujarati (or BhopLa in Marathi and Kaddu in Hindi). I get butternut squash more easily here than the regular red pumpkin. Butternut squash tastes really good and does a good job in all the Indian recipes of pumpkin.

KoLa na Halwa
Pumpkin/Squash Halwa
1 medium butternut squash, peeled & grated = 4 cup
1 1/2 cup sugar (or per taste)
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup ricotta cheese (part skim OK)

Crush to powder
5 cardamoms, peeled

1 tbsp chopped/slivered almonds (optional)

1. Cook grated squash adding milk. You can use pressure cooker too.
2. Once the squash is half-cooked, add sugar. Once sugar is added, the squash mixture will leave a lot of moisture. Let it evaporate.
3. Now add ricotta cheese. Cook till the mixture has reached the porridge like consistency.
4. Garnish with cardamom powder and almonds , if using.

Note -
1.Serve chilled.


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