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Pumpkin halwa in a silver serving bowl

Pumpkin Halwa

Pumpkin Halwa or Kaddu Ka Halwa is an easy seasonal Indian dessert made with just 4 ingredients. This delicious dessert is ready in about 20 mins.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 279kcal
Author Manju


  • 1 ½ can (15oz) organic pumpkin puree about 3 cups (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 can condensed milk 14 oz
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3 tablespoon ghee


  • Sauté the pumpkin - heat the ghee in a pan and add the canned pumpkin to this. Sauté over medium high heat for 3-4 mins.
  • Add the other ingredients - add the condensed milk and ground cardamom to the pumpkin ghee mixture. Mix to incorporate well.
  • Thicken the halwa - this is probably what takes the majority of the 20 mins. Lower the heat to medium and stir the halwa almost constantly. Scrape down the sides every once in a while and keep mixing it all together. In about 15, or maximum 20 mins, the halwa will come together to be a single mass that becomes slightly harder to move it around the pan.
  • Garnish with sliced almonds and edible silver foil. Serve warm.


  • To add some variation to the recipe, you can use desiccated coconut along with the pumpkin to make it a pumpkin coconut halwa and give it some extra texture.
  • You could also add ground nuts to this to add more body and extra nutrition.
  • If you don't have canned pumpkin, you can always use fresh pumpkin in place of canned pumpkin in this recipe. Peel, scoop out seeds and grate the pumpkin before you use it in this recipe.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 245mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 1mg