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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.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

1 hour

1 hour 20 min

6 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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

Comments

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 28, 2018:

You're right Shaloo. It is mostly eaten during fasts. Thank you.

Shaloo Walia from India on October 28, 2018:

I didn't know we could use papaya to make halwa. This is a great recipe during fasts. Thanks for sharing!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 27, 2018:

Navratri is celebrated in many ways since different communities have their own rituals, Peggy. Raw papaya is one dessert especially eaten during this time. Thank you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 27, 2018:

Navratri is one of the major festivals of the country. Thank you for stopping by.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2018:

I enjoy eating ripe papayas but have never tasted a green one. In reading your recipe it sounds like it would be very tasty and delicious. Thanks for writing about it and telling us about the Navratri festival.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 23, 2018:

This sounds like something I would enjoy.And the festival sounds interesting, too. I will need to research it further. Angels are on the way today.ps

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 22, 2018:

Yes, a lot of dishes can be prepared with papaya and this halwa is one. Different but delicious. Thank you!

manatita44 from london on October 22, 2018:

Grated papaya, eh? Interesting. I don't think we do this at home in the Caribbean. But I guess one can do many things with same. I won't mind tasting it though. Halwa is one of my favourites.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 22, 2018:

Glad you like the papaya halwa recipe, Louise. Thank you.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on October 21, 2018:

I love papaya, so shall have to try this recipe. Thankyou.