Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Butternut Squash Halwa

Our visit to Farmers market brings new vegetables to our home once a while. This time we got Butternut Squash. I like the color and its appearance. And the name itself told me that it has to be good.. Butter, Nut.. Lovely name right.. Yeap Very nice vegetable. You can definitely try this vegetable.

After buying this vegetable I really dont know what to do with it.It was sitting on my counter top for more than a week. I was confused whether to go with sweets or to make come curries. Called my fried Dahlia and asked What to do with Butternut Squash. She told me to make Halwa or you can use it in the Sambhar. So i'm using Half of it in Halwa and the other half in Sambhar. Thanks Dahlia akka for your suggestion. I did exactly like carrot halwa and it taste very good. But instead of thickening the milk at stove top i added condensed milk.

It is a good source of fibre, vitamin C, manganese, magnesium, and potassium. It is also an excellent source of vitamin A.

To make this tasty Halwa:

You will need:

  • 3 cups of grated butternut squash
  • 1 cup of condensed milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 pinch of cardamom powder
  • 2 tsp ghee
  • 1 tbsp dry raisin
  • 1 tbsp cashewnut (roughly chopped)
  • Sugar as needed .(I dint add sugar, Its purely optional)

Step 1:

Cut the butternut squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds using a spoon as shown in pic.

Step 2:

Grate the peeled squash using a grater ..(Just like u grate carrots).

Step 3:

Now switch on Non stick pan at Medium heat. Add the ghee. When its hot add the raisin and cashew nut. Saute it till the raisin plums and the cashew nut turns golden brown color. Remove the raisin and cashew nut when its done. Keep it aside.

Step 4:

In the remaining ghee add the grated butternut squash and lower the heat. Saute it till it get rid of the raw smell. It will take 10 to 15 mins in medium low flame. Now add the water and allow it to boil.

Step 5:

When the water starts boiling add the condensed milk along with the cardamom powder. Saute it till you get Halwa consistency. It will take less than 7 mins.

Step 6:

Now garnish with the raisin and the roasted cashews . Transfer it into another bowl and allow it to cool. Refrigerate it for few hours. Now its time to cut and serve. Wow Yummy Butternut squash Halwa is ready.

You can add extra sugar if you like extra sweet version of this Halwa.

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