Green Papaya Halwa (Pudding) Recipe for the Navratri Festival

Updated on January 20, 2020
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Raw papaya halwa (pudding)
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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 time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 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.
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Green Papaya Halwa (Pudding) for the Navratri Festival

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      • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        19 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

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

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        Shaloo Walia 

        19 months ago from India

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

      • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        19 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        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 jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        19 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

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

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        Peggy Woods 

        19 months ago from Houston, Texas

        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.

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        Patricia Scott 

        19 months ago from North Central Florida

        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

      • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        19 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

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

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        19 months ago from london

        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 jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        19 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

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

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        Louise Powles 

        19 months ago from Norfolk, England

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


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