Yellow Pumpkin Halwa Recipe for Babies, Toddlers, and Kids | Kaddu Ka Halwa
- Yellow pumpkin - 2 cups chopped
- Jaggery/Palm Sugar/ Brown Sugar - 1/4 cup +2 tbsp
- Homemade Ghee - 3 to 4 tbsp
- Cardamom powder - 1/8 tsp
- Water - 3/4 cup
- Cashews - 6
- Raisins - 1 Tsp
- Keep all the ingredients ready. Wash, peel and chop the pumpkin into cubes. Discard the seeds. Then add a tbsp of ghee in a pressure cooker and add the cut pumpkin pieces and saute them nicely in low flame until water oozes out from pumpkin pieces. It may take 5-7 minutes.
- Then pressure cook pumpkin 3/4 cup of water for 2-3 whistles. Open the cooker once pressure released.
- In the meantime, Heat a pan with a tbsp of ghee and add cashews and raisins, fry them until golden brown. Remove from the pan once done. Mash the cooked pumpkin pieces well with a fork.
- Now add mashed pumpkin to a pan and fry them for two minutes in low, medium flame. Then add required amount of jaggery/brown sugar & powdered cardamom to it and mix well. After adding sugar, the mixture will be liquefied and gets thicken up with time.
- Continue stirring and add the remaining ghee little by little. When the halwa forms a whole mass and doesn't stick to the pan, add ghee fried cashews & raisins
- Give a quick and switch off the flame. Remove from the pan once its warm and serve in bowls.
- When you prepare this halwa for small babies, make with less ghee (2 tbsp max) and give a small amount.
- Don’t prefer whole nuts for small babies, instead add powdered nuts. Also, use dates syrup and pureed raisins as a sweetener instead of brown sugar/jaggery. Serve in semi thick consistency.
- Use white sugar to get get yellow colored halwa. But using brown sugar/powdered jaggery is a healthy option!
- I used a mini yellow pumpkin variety, you can use a big pumpkin variety too.
- For babies above one year and adults, you can use milk instead of water for extra taste and richness.
- Adjust jaggery/ sugar according to the sweetness of pumpkin.
- Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.