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Butternut Squash Halwa

 Published 2018-Nov-01   Updated 2018-Nov-01

- Submitted by Beryl

(Butternut Pumpkin Halwa, Gramma Sweet)

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Butternut Squash is also known as Butternt Pumpkin in Australia. It is a orange coloured sweet fruit from the family of winter squashes. It is mostly used as a vegetable to make casseroles, soups or just roasted. Sometimes it is also used in making sweet breads and pies. Since it tastes very much like our Indian red pumpkin, it can be used in all recipes made with pumpkin. So all the friends living abroad, if you find this vegetable in your local super markets, do not hesitate to buy it.

Today I am sharing my version of an halwa made using Butternt Squash. Butternut pumpkin halwa is an easy recipe prepared with a few ingredients that are found in almost all kitchens. It also doesn't take much time. Let’s see how to prepare this tasty dessert.

Recipe for Butternut Squash Halwa

Preparation Time : 20 minutes
Cooking Time : 45 minutes
Serves : 10-12


  • Butternut squash - 2 cups
  • Sugar- 1/2 - 3/4 cup (adjust as per your taste)
  • Cardamom - 5
  • Ghee - 2 tbsp
  • Cashews - 1.5 tbsp
  • Water - 1/2 to 3/4 cup
  • Milk - 1.5 cup


  1. Cut the butternut pumpkin lengthwise. It has a thick skin, so use a sharp knife.

    Butternut Squash Preparation Steps Butternut Squash Preparation Steps

  2. Remove the skin of butternut pumpkin and chop into small, thin pieces.
  3. In a pan, add 3/4 cup water and boil the pieces till it becomes soft.

    Butternut Squash Preparation Steps

  4. Let it cool and then grind in a mixie to a coarse puree.
  5. In a pan, heat ghee, roast the cashews and keep them separately in a plate.
  6. In the same pan, add the butternut pumpkin paste, milk, ground cardamom powder, sugar, ghee and mix well.
  7. Allow it to boil by stirring in between till it becomes semi-solid.
  8. Add the cashews finally and switch off.
  9. Now it’s ready to serve. 

    Butternut Squash Preparation Steps


  • Pressure cook the butternut pumpkin pieces for easy cooking. 

Serving Butternut Squash Halwa

  • This halwa can be served warm with some vanilla ice cream.
  • Another option is to keep it in refrigerator till it sets nicely, cut into pieces and enjoy. Below is a picture of the halwa after refrigeration.
  • This can also be served as an accompaniment with spicy biryani or puris.

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