Squash Halwa- Easy Diwali Sweet Recipe
  • Acorn Squash- 1
  • Milk- ¼ cup
  • Sweetened Condensed milk- ¾ can
  • 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)
  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 add the squash back into the pan.
  4. Using a wooden spoon, mash the cooked squash without any lumps.
  5. Turn on the heat to medium heat and place the pan with the mashed squash over it.
  6. Add milk and combine well stirring constantly breaking any lumps.
  7. Add the condensed milk 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 thicken and don't forget to keep stirring.
  11. When the mixture is no longer watery and has thickened, add 2 tbsp more of ghee.
  12. Keep stirring for a minute and remove the pan from the heat.
  13. In a small pan, roast whole or chopped almonds in ½ tbsp ghee till golden in color.
  14. Grease a platter with some 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 in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
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.
Recipe by Cooking with Thas - Healthy Recipes, Instant pot, Videos by Thasneen at https://www.thasneen.com/cooking/easy-diwali-sweet-recipe-squash-halwa/