Lal Bhoplyacha Halwa | How to make Red Pumpkin Halwa

>>  Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lal Bhoplyacha Halwa - A to Z Maharashtrian Sweets 

For L, I have some dishes to select from like Lal Bhoplyachi Upvas Kheer, Laadva, Lonavala Chikki. I was very keen on the Chikki, however, the recipe was same as how I make and also I was in a mood to increase my Halwa series. When I started the series, I was keen on making it 101 Halwas. I have 21 Halwa Recipes on SYL and 25 Halwa Recipes in C4AS. So a long way to go to hit the century. Still the idea pushed me towards this recipe.

Pumpkin Halwa tastes just like Carrot Halwa. I didn't find any difference, in fact, I simply loved it so much that even though I wanted to keep away from eating it, I managed to eat most part of it. Both Hubby Dear and Konda loved it too and among three of us, we managed to complete it. In fact, Konda wanted me to make it again.
Coming to the name, many refer to the pumpkin as Lal in the regional language where Lal is Red whereas when it comes to the English name it's also referred as Yellow. The pumpkin I have used looked more yellow only. However that's how it is and its fine with me. 

The idea for this halwa came from here though I followed my usual halwa recipe. I was making it for Sunday lunch dessert so I was liberal with the ghee and richness. I would surely recommend this halwa, even if all you are going to indulge is just a spoon. It is sure to take you to heaven if there is one.

When it comes to coming vegetables, there are certain vegetables that are not so frequently included in my list. Pumpkin is one of them. I hardly know what to make, though Amma makes all sorts of gojjus with it. The fact is Hubby dear is not very fond of the gojjus, as it tends to be on the sweeter side. The other pumpkin dish I made was the Bhopalyache Gharge for ICC. Again that was a dish that has a good shelf life.

So, on the whole, this halwa was one sinful dessert I won't mind making again!

Poori Channa Halwa

Lal Bhoplyacha Halwa

Ingredients Needed:

Peeled grated red pumpkin / Lal bhopla - 1 cup
Sugar 1/2 cup
Khoya - 2 tbsp
Milk - 1 cup
Ghee - 3 to 5 tbsp  
Almond and Pista sliced  1 tbsp
Cardamom powder a pinch
Red food colour a pinch

How to make the Halwa

Wash and grate the pumpkin in a bowl. Discard the seeds, keep the water.

In a non stick pan, heat ghee, add chopped nuts, roast and remove. Then add grated pumpkin and saute well for about 4 to 5 mins. Keep stirring all the while.

Then simmer and add milk. Cook for 5 mins. Remove lid and check if the pumpkin is cooked.

Now add the sugar and stir till it is melted and well blended. 

Now add the red food colour and mix well. Continue cooking in low flame. Next add the khova and mix well. The halwa will thicker and starts leaving the sides. Keep stirring for another 5 mins.

Add ghee as required in between. Add the roasted nuts and remove. 

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Usha April 14, 2016 at 12:08 AM  

Pumpkin halwa looks like carrot halwa. Platter of poori chana halwa is yummy!

Priya Suresh April 14, 2016 at 12:45 AM  

That bowl of pumpkin halwa is killing me, and that platter makes me hungry though i finished my dinner.

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan April 14, 2016 at 1:29 AM  

Valli, 21 + 25 halwas? wow. You will hit century soon. :-) Kudos for 101 halwas. awesome. This is one awesome recipe too. Love the thali plate setup.

Suma Gandlur April 14, 2016 at 3:37 AM  

Even my mother and I were discussing the other day that why the gourd is called red one (in Telugu of course) when it is yellow shaded one. ☺
All fruit/ vegetable based Halwas taste yummy and love the color of your half a as well.

Pavani N April 14, 2016 at 4:04 AM  

Yet another decadent and sinful Maharashtrian treat Valli. Pumpkin halwa looks awesome. Since it has a veggie in it, I think the calories don't count ;-)

vaishali sabnani April 14, 2016 at 7:56 AM  

When you say 101 halwas...I am amazed..well with your spirits you will hit the century soon :)..and I can see you are over liberal with ghee..and that platter with chola poori is inviting me , so early in the morning.

Gayathri Kumar April 14, 2016 at 5:28 PM  

That is too many halwa recipes you have tried. Mine will not even be 10. I have used this pumpkin in bakes and some sweets and find it delicious. Your halwa sounds so rich and delicious..

Amara Annapaneni April 14, 2016 at 5:36 PM  

Pumpkin halwa looks amazing, love your poori platter, so inviting:)

Sapana Behl April 14, 2016 at 9:44 PM  

Red pumpkin halwa looks totally sinful.You are rocking with your sweets .Love that platter of chole poori and halwa.

rajani April 14, 2016 at 11:55 PM  

My husband also doesnt like it for the sweetness it imparts to savory curries. I love it and use it in sambar and kuzhambu a lot. Halwa seems a good idea for pumpkin to be used up, I have never eaten this version.

Nalini's Kitchen April 15, 2016 at 7:02 AM  

Wow!!21 and 25 halwas,that itself a huge number for Halwa,wishing you to reach the milestone soon.
BTW the yellow pumpkin Halwa sounds so rich and colorful.

Smruti Shah April 17, 2016 at 12:10 PM  

Valli you are talking of Halwa 101, I do not think I have more than two halwas on my blog! This one looks very much like carrot halwa but a pretty good way to include pumpkin in cooking. Good idea :)

Harini-Jaya R April 19, 2016 at 6:16 AM  

That is a very inviting platter, Valli. Love the halwa.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan April 20, 2016 at 8:22 AM  

I love red pumpkin and use it a lot. My kids eat them like candy. We would definitely love this halwa. That plate with the poori looks so yummy!

Kalyani April 20, 2016 at 12:42 PM  

poori. halwa. channa - I am comign down for lunch.. havent cooked anything yet for today :)) my elder one likes halwa a bit so might push her to taste this - bookmarked !!

Chef Mireille April 30, 2016 at 3:55 AM  

I love pumpkin in both savory and sweet interpretations - this halva is right up my alley

Ruchi Indu May 14, 2016 at 9:40 AM  

That red color halwa is very inviting. Would love to grab some now...

Padma Rekha May 14, 2016 at 6:48 PM  

Wow that platter looks so inviting, what a combination halwa looks so tempting...

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