What is Poosanikai Jaggery Halwa?
Poosanikai Halwa is a South Indian sweet dish prepared with ash gourd or white pumpkin. The halwa is also known as Kasi Halwa or Boodida Gummadikaya Halwa. Traditionally, it is made with sugar but I have replaced it with jaggery to make it healthier. It doesn’t require many ingredients unlike other dessert recipes, you just need 5 ingredients to make this delicious halwa.
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Tips to make the best kasi halwa:
- Remove the green part of the ash gourd and seeds before you grate it.
- Do not discard the ash gourd water. Measure the water as well.
- Make sure the ash gourd is soft and cooked before adding the jaggery. Otherwise, it will remain uncooked.
- Do not cook the halwa on a high flame.
- Do not skip adding cardamom powder, it will give the wonderful flavor to the sweet.
It can be stored at room temperature for a day. If you want to store it for a longer time, store it in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Serve hot, warm or cold as a dessert.
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How to Make Kasi Halwa with Jaggery Recipe below:
Kasi Halwa Recipe with Jaggery
How to make kasi halwa or poosanikai halwa with jaggery. A healthy twist to the traditional South Indian dessert recipe
- 3 cups Ash Gourd grated
- 1.5 cups Jaggery powdered
- 4 tbsp Ghee
- ¼ tsp Cardamom Powder
- 10 Cashews
- Wash, peel and grate the ash gourd and measure it. Don’t discard the juice measure.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee in a pan and fry the cashews until light brown color. Take them out of the ghee and set aside.
- In the same pan, add the grated ash gourd and fry until the raw smell disappears.
- Reduce the flame.
- Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook until soft, glossy and transparent.
- Once it is cooked, add the powdered jaggery and mix.
- Keep stirring till it forms together as a mass and leaving the sides of the pan.
- Add remaining ghee, cardamom powder and roasted cashews to the cooked halwa and combine well.
- Cook for a minute and turn off the flame.
Make sure the ash gourd is completely cooked before adding the jaggery. Otherwise, it won't get cooked.
Calories: 325kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 1mgPotassium: 17mgFiber: 1gSugar: 51gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition values are estimates only.
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Sangeetha Nambi says
Very yummy !
Hamaree Rasoi says
Simply delicious and lovely looking halwa. Wonderfully prepared.
Priya Suresh says
Love the deep brown colour of the halwa,so tempting.
Yum kasi halwa.. I add sugar but adding jaggery gives nice color
Beautiful color, just so delicious..
Kasi halwa with jaggery will surely have great taste. For this quantity of ash gourd, how long did it take for raw smell to go and then how log to cover and cook?