Squash Halwa- Easy Diwali Sweet Recipe

Celebrating this year’s Diwali with this homemade easy dessert…

Diwali, “the festival of lights” is one of the famous Indian festivals. To me when I think of Diwali, two things come to my mind – firecrackers and sweets!

I cannot explain how nostalgic I feel right now. I have so many good memories associated with Diwali, especially when it comes to setting off firecrackers. I was so good at it. My neighborhood in India used to be highly energetic and enthusiastic during Diwali. We used to set off fire crackers till midnight and this was the only occasion when people never used to complain about the noise and the smoke from all the firecrackers. Not just children but also the elderly let loose and join the fun.

Another attraction of Diwali is the variety of sweets you could find in sweet stores. In most of the houses they make their own version of sweets.

For this Diwali, I made an easy Squash Halwa. You just need squash and very few ingredients to make this halwa, yet it would taste great.

Happy and safe Diwali to all my readers!

Squash Halwa Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Acorn Squash- 1
  • Milk- 1/4 cup
  • Condensed milk- 1/2 can or 150 ml
  • Saffron, strands (optional)- 1/2 tsp strands soaked in 1 tbsp milk
  • Ghee- 4 tbsp
  • Roasted Almonds, whole or chopped- 1/4 cup (roasted in 1/2 tbsp ghee)

Instruction

  • Peel the skin off the squash and dice it into medium size.

  • In a non-stick cooking pan, cook the diced squash in water till it turns tender and well cooked.

  • Drain the water from the cooked squash and put it back into the pan.
  • Using a wooden spoon, mash the cooked squash without any lumps.

  • Switch on the stove to medium heat and place the pan with the mashed squash over it.
  • Add milk and combine well stirring constantly breaking any lumps present in it.
  • Add the condensed milk to it and combine well stirring constantly.

  • Pour 2 tbsp of ghee at this point and keep stirring.
  • If you are adding saffron, add the soaked saffron to the mixture.
  • Let it thicken and don’t forget to stir it.

  • When the mixture is no more watery and has thickened, add 2 tbsp more of ghee.
  • Keep stirring for a minute and remove from the heat.
  • In a small pan, roast whole or chopped almonds in 1/2 tbsp ghee till it turns golden in color.

  • Grease a platter with little ghee and spread the squash halwa onto the plate.
  • Even out the halwa level using a flat spatula.
  • Garnish the squash halwa with roasted almonds.
  • Chill the halwa for an hour and serve.

Tips:

  • You could tweak this recipe according to your needs.
  • You could adjust the sweetness, amount of ghee added accordingly.
  • Also add pistachios, raisins or other nuts for extra crunchiness.

 

Squash Halwa- Easy Diwali Sweet Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • Acorn Squash- 1
  • Milk- ¼ cup
  • Condensed milk- ½ can or 150 ml
  • Saffron, strands (optional)- ½ tsp strands soaked in 1 tbsp milk
  • Ghee- 4 tbsp
  • Roasted Almonds, whole or chopped- ¼ cup (roasted in ½ tbsp ghee)
Instructions
  1. Peel the skin off the squash and dice it into medium size.
  2. In a non-stick cooking pan, cook the diced squash in water till it turns tender and well cooked.
  3. Drain the water from the cooked squash and put it back into the pan.
  4. Using a wooden spoon, mash the cooked squash without any lumps.
  5. Switch on the stove to medium heat and place the pan with the mashed squash over it.
  6. Add milk and combine well stirring constantly breaking any lumps present in it.
  7. Add the condensed milk to it and combine well stirring constantly.
  8. Pour 2 tbsp of ghee at this point and keep stirring.
  9. If you are adding saffron, add the soaked saffron to the mixture.
  10. Let it thicken and don't forget to stir it.
  11. When the mixture is no more watery and has thickened, add 2 tbsp more of ghee.
  12. Keep stirring for a minute and remove from the heat.
  13. In a small pan, roast whole or chopped almonds in ½ tbsp ghee till it turns golden in color.
  14. Grease a platter with little ghee and spread the squash halwa onto the plate.
  15. Even out the halwa level using a flat spatula.
  16. Garnish the squash halwa with roasted almonds.
  17. Chill the halwa for an hour and serve.
Notes
You could tweak this recipe according to your needs.
You could adjust the sweetness, amount of ghee added accordingly.
Also add pistachios, raisins or other nuts for extra crunchiness.

 

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