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Green Papaya Halwa (Pudding) Recipe for the Navratri Festival

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Raw papaya halwa (pudding)

Raw papaya halwa (pudding)

Halwa is a type of pudding, and papaya halwa, made with papaya fruit, is traditionally prepared and eaten during the Indian festival of Navratri. During this festival, we fast for nine days and eat only once per day, at night. There are certain rules about what types of food are allowed to be eaten during this holiday, as well; for example, grains are not permitted.

Papaya halwa is a traditional food during the Navratri festival. It can be prepared with ripe or green papaya, but in this recipe, we will be making it with the unripe fruit.

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

1 hour

1 hour 20 min

6 servings


  • 500 grams raw green papaya, peeled and grated
  • 4 tablespoons desi ghee (clarified butter)
  • 125 grams sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 50 grams condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom powder
  • 20 kishmish (raisins)
  • 10 kaju (cashews), finely chopped


  1. Place the milk and grated papaya in a kadahi (wok) and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat to low and cook until the milk dries up.
  2. Add the sugar and cashews and cook on low heat, stirring almost constantly, until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Add in the condensed milk and cardamom powder. Cook until the milk dries up, then check for sweetness. Add more sugar if needed.
  4. When the halwa is almost dry, add the ghee and raisins. Cook the halwa on medium heat until the ghee separates out.
  5. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Green Papaya Halwa (Pudding) for the Navratri Festival

© 2018 Rajan Singh Jolly

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