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Potato Halva (Sweet)

Aloo ka Halwa

Mamta Gupta

When fasting, Hindus can not eat anything containing cereals to break the fast. My grandmother, who fasted at least twice a week, used to make it with either sweet potatoes or ordinary potatoes. It tastes good with either. As children, we used to look forward to her fasting as she always cooked special meals in the evening. She also used to tell us stories specific to each of her fasts. Serves 6.


  • 500 gm. potatoes, boiled in their skin, peeled and mashed. (can be cooked in a microwave on full, for 7-8 minutes).

  • 200 gm. sugar or to taste

  • 200 gm. ghee or clarified butter

  • 1/2 tsp. ground green cardamoms

  • 2 tbs. chopped nuts of your choice(optional)


  1. Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed or non-stick pan.

  2. Fry mashed potatoes, stirring frequently, until ghee separates. It tastes better when fried well.

  3. Add sugar and cook, stirring all the time, until a little ghee separates again.

  4. Turn off heat and add cardamom powder and 2/3rd of the nuts.

  5. Place in a serving bowl and garnish with remaining nuts.

  6. Serve hot.


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