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Desserts and Sweets: White Pumpkin (Ash gourd) Halwa Recipe

Updated on December 9, 2016
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Ash gourd Halwa is popularly known as 'Kashi halwa' or 'Khushmanda' in India. This dessert has all the goodness of White Pumpkin. This halwa has a perfect blend of sweetness and flavor. It is juicy and heavenly!!

Wow!  White Pumpkin (ash gourd) halwa
Wow! White Pumpkin (ash gourd) halwa

Health Benefits of Consuming Ash gourd:

  • Ash gourd is a popular vegetable known for its cooling properties. It helps in relieving acidity and peptic ulcers.
  • It is known for making stable the nerve cells and combat nerve illness.
  • Eating ash gourd is beneficial for diabetics and obese persons.
  • It prevents constipation, helps to control gastro-intestinal problems.
  • If you mix fresh ash gourd juice with a teaspoon of lime or Amla juice, it relieves conditions like piles and haematuria. It is used as a medication to stop bleeding from the nose.
  • The consumption of ash gourd pulp helps in gaining weight, improves heart efficiency, reduces tuberculosis and anemia.
  • Regular consumption of ash gourd juice is known to have a beneficial effect in reducing the thyroid disorder.
  • Consuming ash gourd juice and pulp regularly, help in reducing the common cold, cough, bronchitis, sinusitis and influenza. It is also helpful in relieving chronic asthma.
  • Gargling ash gourd juice occasionally is beneficial to protect teeth and gums. It reduces bleeding gums and mouth ulcers.


Ash gourd (white pumpkin)
Ash gourd (white pumpkin)

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 18 min
Ready in: 28 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients For Ash gourd Halwa

  • 2 cups Ash gourd, grated
  • 3/4 cup sugar, If using milk maid, reduce the sugar quantity
  • 4 cardamom, powdered
  • A few strands safron, Optional -soak in warm milk for 10 minutes
  • 15 cashew nuts, pieces
  • 20 raisins
  • 5 tsp ghee

Step-by-step Guidelines For Making Ash gourd Halwa

  1. Remove the outer skin of the Ash gourd. Grate two big pieces to get two cups pulp. The pulp will be watery. Let it be like that. No need to remove water from it.
Ash gourd pieces
Ash gourd pieces
Ingredients kept ready
Ingredients kept ready

2. Heat two teaspoon ghee in a deep pan. Fry cashew pieces and raisins till they are crisp. Remove on a plate. To the same pan, add remaining ghee. Pour grated ash gourd on it. Let the fire be medium high. Occasionally stir the mix. Continue cooking till the water evaporates. Add sugar. If you want to add milkmaid, add it now. Continue cooking till the mix becomes semi-solid.

3. Add cardamom, cashew pieces and raisins. Lower the flame. Stir continuously till the mix becomes shiny, oozes out ghee and is almost dry. Put off the fire. Transfer it to a round-bottomed bowl. Immerse it on a serving plate. Halwa gets a beautiful shape. Scoop it, serve! Enjoy the heavenly taste!!

Ash gourd halwa
Ash gourd halwa


I used 2 tsp milk maid in this recipe. Hence, I reduced the sugar quantity to 1/2 cup. It is optional to use milkmaid. However, I like to stress that, using a small quantity of milkmaid gives rich flavor and firmness to this dessert.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 bowl
Calories 228
Calories from Fat108
% Daily Value *
Fat 12 g18%
Sugar 19 g
Protein 7 g14%
Cholesterol 29 mg10%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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