Pumpkin or kaddu is a versatile vegetable.You can curry it,stew.Make a soup and even make a dessert out of it.Also, a great way of using leftover pumpkin pieces out of the whole one. It is an easy vegetable to cook with.Pumpkins are naturally sweet.You can enjoy it as it gets creamy and sweet as it gets cooked. Kaddu ka halva or Pumpkin halwa is a recipe you can eat during fasting.Making a sweet out of veggies makes it interesting.Making pumpkin halwa with jaggery ensures its iron rich too.I love using pumpkin for pies and muffins too.However,that is for another time.You can also use green pumpkin to make a petha halwa if butternut squash /pumpkin are unavailable.
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This recipe is great for toddlers who would enjoy soft foods.
Also,this version of kashi halwa has no sugar.
Sweetness comes from veggie and jaggery. Jaggery is iron-rich and better to have instead of sugar.
Fasting and Indian cuisine
You also hear so much hullabaloo about gluten-free foods nowadays. Indian Hindus do a lot of intermittent fasting.The west might have learnt this concept late.However, this has been going on for centuries.Indian cuisine has amazing recipes which are both cheap and wholesome.They are also amazingly gluten-free.
Some people regularly fast on either of Mondays,Tuesdays,Thursdays,Fridays or Saturdays.
Most people fast every Monday during Rainy season or saavan in Hindu calendar.
Fasting helps you avoid weight gain.Also,keeps gut healthy.
Usually, people avoid rice and wheat and go gluten-free.We consume fruits and vegetables along with milk products.
You can have this recipe during Navratre or during any other fasting days like Shivratri and Ekadashi. It is also a great way to use the left over pumpkin.
How to make kaddu halwa? Step-by-step pictures
Read the pumpkin halwa recipe below:
Kaddu halva -Pumpkin halwa
- 2 cup pumpkin diced
- 2 tbsp ghee
- 3/4 cup water
- 2-3 tbsp jaggery
- 2 tbsp any glutenfree flour moraiyo/sama or rajgira/amaranth or kuttu/buckwheat
- Heat ghee in a pressure cooker,add the pumpkin pieces and continue to saute.
- Let it cook for 10 mins or until it softens.
- Now add water and pressure cook until 2 whistles on a low flame.
- Add the jaggery,flour,mix well and cook for 10-15 mins.
- Turn off the flame,serve on room temperature.
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