Navratri is around the corner, so let’s get going with some divine dishes. For the benefit of everyone, Navratri is 9 day festival period dedicated to the Indian divine goddess Maa Durga. Most Indian people observe fast, in some form, on some/most of these 9 days. Some people do not even eat any grains during Navratri; so it becomes all the more important for them to get some good carbs to get charged up for the whole day.
I agree that this post does not cover any health snack, but it does cover a lovely halwa / pudding which all of us can eat/enjoy in moderation.
As I had stated in earlier posts, Potato is a very common vegetable in any Indian household. In Navratri people make potatoes in different forms such as fried potatoes, boiled potato, potato curry without salt, potato chips and potato halwa.
In fact, Potato halwa is usually made in special fasts like MahaShivratri and Navratri. Potato halwa is very luscious in taste and we can make it only in few minutes. I have made this halwa with lots of dry fruits. This halwa is truly a divine sweet pudding!
The ingredients for Potato halwa are:
1. Potato : 5 (medium size)
2. Sugar : 100 grams
3. Ghee / Clarified butter : 3 Tbsp
4. Milk : 1 cup
5. Raisins : 1 Tbsp (wash and soak in water)
6. Almonds : 6-7 ( thin sliced)
7. Cashew nuts : 1 Tbsp (coarse cut)
8. Cardamom : 4-5 (crushed)
Boil the potatoes, cool them and then peel off their skins. Crush the potatoes with hands; don’t mash it.
Heat a kadhai / wok with 2 Tbsp ghee, add the crushed potatoes and cook on low flame while stirring continuously for 7-8 min.
Add milk, sugar, almonds, raisins and cashew nuts; stir continuously for another 6-7 minutes.
Switch off the flame and add cardamom powder and stir well. Then add 1 Tbsp ghee and give a stir and your Potato halwa is ready to be served!
Insider Tips / Finer Points :
- Feel free to use ghee as per your requirement.