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dumroot | kashi halwa | Ash gourd halwa recipe

Kashi halwa is one of the classic and traditional dessert of Karnataka prepared using ash gourd , ghee and sugar with cardamom flavouring.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian, Karnataka, South India
Keyword Festivals, Sweets
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 263kcal
Author Muktha H S


  • 500 grams Ash gourd grated / 3 cups
  • ¼ cup Milk refer notes
  • cup Khoya grated refer notes
  • ¼ cup Ghee / Clarified butter
  • ¾ cup Sugar or as required
  • 10 no Cashews broken /halved
  • 4-5 no Green Cardamom ,remove husk and powder
  • Saffron ,few strands ,optional


  • Heat 2 tablespoon of ghee in a heavy bottom pan .
  • Add grated ash gourd and mix well and cook on a medium heat.
  • Once water content dries up , add milk and continue to cook .
  • When ash gourd is completely cooked , add in grated khoya .
  • Mix well everything so that khoya blends well with ash gourd.
  • Make some place at the centre and add in 2 tablespoon of Ghee.
  • Add cashew pieces at the centre and fry in ghee till it looks golden in colour. Alternatively you can roast cashews separately and add it the halwa at last.
  • Mix everything and add in sugar .
  • Stir everything such that sugar melts completely and starts to bubble.
  • Once it starts to get halwa consistency ,turn off the flame.
  • Add cardamom powder , saffron strands and a teaspoon of ghee.
  • Mix well together and serve. It can be served either warm or cold.



  • Adding Milk and Khoya is truly optional ,adding it enhances the taste and give richness to the dessert.
  • Also you can skip either khoya/milk or any one . 
  • If skipping milk or khoya ,then increase sugar by 1 or 2 tablespoon depending on your taste.


Calories: 263kcal