How to make Tarkari Halwa -

Unusual halwa-made out of kaddu, yet it’s yummy

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Main Ingredients : Yellow pumpkin (पीला कद्दू ), Sugar (चीनी)

Cuisine : Hyderabadi

Course : Desserts

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Tarkari Halwa

Tarkari Halwa Recipe Card


Hyderabad’s 400-year-old culinary history, like its culture, is unmatched by any other state in India.  Of all the Muslim cuisines, Hyderabadi is the only one in the sub-continent that can boast of a major vegetarian section. This has much to do with the local influences. Considering that the elite of the erstwhile Hyderabad state came from the north of India and was almost entirely Muslim, this is a little surprising. The nation’s vegetarians, of course, stand to gain by it.
Some of the salient features of Hyderabadi food are the key flavours of coconut, tamarind, peanuts and sesame seeds. The main spice is chilli, which is used in abundance and is the reason for the one word used to describe Hyderabadi cuisine - fiery!
The cuisine draws its flavour from two rich legacies - the Deccan cuisine of Nizams and the spicy Andhra style of food, laced with mustard, garlic and chillies and eaten with doles of chutney and pickle.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve :

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Tarkari Halwa Recipe

  • Yellow pumpkin grated 1 cup

  • Sugar 1 1/2 cups

  • Ghee 1/2 cup

  • Raisins 10

  • Cashewnuts 10

  • Green cardamom powder 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Heat one tablespoon of ghee in a pan and sauté raisins and cashewnuts lightly. Drain and set aside.

Step 2

Heat a non-stick pan, add the grated pumpkin and cook for a while to remove the moisture. Add sugar, mix and cook for till the pumpkin gets cooked. Add remaining ghee, green cardamom powder, fried raisins and cashewnuts and mix.

Step 3

Stir and serve hot.

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