Ash Gourd Halwa

Ash Gourd Halwa

Ash gourd halwa, made from the nutritious ash gourd, offers a variety of health benefits. Ash gourd is a low-calorie vegetable rich in vitamins like vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and iron. The vegetable is known for its high water content, aiding in hydration. The incorporation of ash gourd into halwa provides a natural sweetness without the need for excessive sugar, making it a potentially healthier dessert option. Furthermore, the fiber content in ash gourd can promote digestive health and contribute to a feeling of fullness, potentially aiding in weight management. The halwa preparation often involves ghee, which, when consumed in moderation, can provide healthy fats. Overall, ash gourd halwa presents a delightful way to enjoy a nutrient-rich vegetable while savoring a tasty and moderately sweet treat.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups grated ash gourd
  • 1 cup sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup ghee
  • 1 cup semolina (sooji/rava)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • A handful of chopped nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios) for garnish

Instructions:

Grate Ash Gourd:

  • Peel and grate the ash gourd. Squeeze out excess water from the grated ash gourd.

Prepare the Rice Cooker:

  • Grease the inner pot of the electric rice cooker with a little ghee to prevent sticking.

Saute Ash Gourd:

  • Heat the rice cooker in the "saute" mode
  • Add the grated ash gourd and sauté for a few minutes until the water evaporates.

Add Semolina and Ghee:

  • Once the ash gourd is sautéed, add semolina to it. Continue to sauté for another 2-3 minutes until the semolina is lightly roasted.
  • Add ghee gradually, stirring continuously to avoid lumps.

Add Sugar and Milk:

  • Add sugar and mix well until it dissolves.
  • Pour in the milk gradually, stirring constantly to avoid any clumps.

Cook in Rice Cooker:

  • Switch the rice cooker to the "cook" mode.
  • Close the lid and let the halwa cook. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Add Cardamom Powder:

  • Once the halwa thickens and starts to leave the sides of the pot, add cardamom powder for flavor. Mix well.

Garnish and Serve:

  • In a separate pan, roast the chopped nuts in a little ghee until golden brown.
  • Garnish the ash gourd halwa with the roasted nuts.

Serve Warm:

  • Once the halwa reaches the desired consistency, switch off the rice cooker.
  • Serve the ash gourd halwa warm and enjoy your delicious dessert.

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