Dumrote halwa, also known as Kashi halva, is ash gourd pudding. It is a popular Indian sweet made with ash gourd.
Ash gourd is also known as winter melon or white gourd or white pumpkin or wax gourd.
Ash gourd is known as Petha(Hindi), kohala(Marathi), Budukumbalkai (Kannada).
Kashi halva can be served as a dessert, snack or as a sweet
dish with a main meal.
It is served at festivals, weddings etc. It is one of the favorite
It is a simple recipe. You can make Dumrote halva in advance and keep in the fridge for more than a week.
It can be served hot or cold or at room temperature. It has a lovely color and tastes great too.
I prefer to make this kashi halwa as it is a vegetable based sweet recipe. I usually add fresh homemade cream
to Dumrote halva.
Kashi halva / dumrote halwa is ready to serve.
Serve it hot or at room temperature or
cold as you like. You may put it in fridge for
cooling and serve chilled.
Some water/juice is released while grating. I prefer to use this for cooking the petha in the beginning.
If you do not wish to use the water, squeeze the grated gourd and keep the juice aside. You may drink it (it is nutritious) or use it for cooking or for mixing chapati dough.
You may fry cashew nuts in ghee if you wish or add them without frying.
Khoa or condensed milk or homemade full cream is optional but adding that makes the halwa richer and yummy.
If you are adding sweet khoa or condensed milk, adjust the sugar quantity accordingly.
You may roast khoa separately before adding to the ash gourd mixture.
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