This Pumpkin and Carrot Halwa was a part of a dinner party menu for friends this weekend. It’s pumpkin season in many parts of the world, and I thought why not share more pumpkin recipe ideas on my blog. While Gajar halwa or carrot halwa is the more popular of the halwas, I like this mix of pumpkin and carrot to prepare this popular Indian dessert.
Halwa is an Indian style pudding, typically made in the winters, when the quality of vegetables and milk is really good. It is richly garnished with a mix of nuts and dried fruits. The halwa can be made using vegetables (carrot / pumpkin / gourds etc), fruits such as pineapple or even lentils such as moong dal ka halwa.
In most Indian kitchens, halwa is considered to be a by-product of severe elbow grease, painstakingly made, by a mum struggling to please her family, typical Bollywood ishtyle! I regularly make carrot / pumpkin / beet halwas but no elbow grease for me, thank you. I love to feed my family and friends, but with minimum possible time spent in the kitchen, and for that purpose if modern gadgets and time saving tricks are to be used, so be it 🙂
My recipe gives a creamy, mildly sweet pudding. Using the blender to mince the vegetables and the pressure pan to cook the pudding saves a lot of time and elbow ache. Do use a food processor or a mixer to finely grate or mince the vegetable!
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