Recipe by : Josna Ajai
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1.Ash Gourd /kumbhalanga – 800 grams
2.Sugar – 1 cup
3.Safron/kesar – 1/4 tsp
4.Ghee – 1 tbsp
5.Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
6.Some sliced pistachuos and almonds
7.Roasted cashews or raisins (optional)
Take the ash gourd then cut into pieces and remove its seeds.Take the flesh part and grate it by using a grater.Spread it in a heavy bottom pan and cook in a medium flame.
Stir it occasionally till it became soft.It may take 20-25 minutes.When the water reduces from it you can add
1 cup sugar and mix it till the sugar dissolves completely.
Add 1/4 tsp saffron and mix it and boil for 5 minutes.
When it starts to thicken make the flame into low and cook it for 10 minutes.After can add 1 tbsp of ghee and mix it till the ghee absorbs into the halwa.Again cook for 2 minutes till the ghee releases from the sides.
Add 1/2 tsp cardamom and some sliced nuts or roasted nuts into it and mix well.After cooling you can serve the halwa.