Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Potato pudding / Aloo Halwa

Potato is one of most loved vegetables world wide. It can be used in appetizers,as a side  or even as dessert. Yes, you heard it right..potatoes in dessert:) Today, I will be sharing a recipe for POTATO PUDDING or ALOO HALWA. The potatoes give a creamy texture to the halwa. The toasted nuts and almonds add some richness to this yummy deliccay. Its easy to prepare and its GLUTEN FREE.

This post is a part of the Blog Hop Event "Potato Specials". When this topic was decided, I had decided to make the popular Indian flat bread "Aloo Parata", but later decided to post this delicious " Aloo Halwa" recipe. This recipe was suggested by my mom, so thought will try. I was very happy with the outcome. Soon after this post, I promise I will post the recipe of  Aloo parata:)

So lets get started with the recipe:

Note: All measurements are based on the US measuring cup and spoon sizes where 1 cup = 235 ml
  • Potato : 3 large (approx. 500 grams)
  • Ghee / Clarified butter : 3 tbsp +2 tsp
  • Sugar : 180 grams (3/4 cup . Adjust according to taste)
  • Cream : 1/3 cup
  • Cardamom powder / Elaichi powder : 1/2 tsp
  • Slivered almonds : 2 tbsp
  • Cashews : 10
  • Raisins : 10-15
  • Milk : 2 tbsp
  • Saffron : 1 pinch
  • Everest milk masala : 1/2 tsp (For garnish . Its optional)
  • Cook the potatoes in enough water until done. Once done, remove from the water and set aside to cool.Peel the potatoes. Mash them well. 
  • Soak saffron in 2 tbsp warm milk for 20 minutes. Gently rub the saffron strands with the fingers. Set it aside.
  • Fry the cashews and the raisins in 2 tsp of ghee/clarified butter . Set it aside.
  • Heat 2 tbsp ghee/ clarified butter in a thick bottomed pan.Add the mashed potatoes and cook on low- medium heat. Mix regularly taking care that the potatoes don't stick to the bottom of the pan. Cook for 10 minutes or until the potatoes slightly change color.
  • Add the cream and sugar. Mix well. Continue to cook on low-medium heat. Add the saffron soaked milk. Mix well.
  • Once all the moisture has evaporated, add the cardamom powder .Mix well.
  • Add the remaining 1 tbsp of ghee and give it a final mix and turn off the heat. 
  • Take it out in a serving bowl. Sprinkle some Everest milk masala .Garnish with fried cashews and raisins, slivered almonds and serve warm.

Check out other potato based recipes from my blog:
Batata Vada
Vada Pav
Punjabi Samosa
Masaledaar Aloo ki sabzi / Spiced potato cubes
Spicy Potato Sabzi (Maharashtrian style)
Baby Potatoes in red bell pepper gravy
Potato murukku
Potato Korma

Do check out delicious recipes from the talented members of the Culinary Hoppers team:
Piyali (Bhapa Aloo)
Vani (Aloo Bhujia)
Parvathy (Rostii-Swiss Potato Pancakes)
Poornima (Crispy baked samosas)
Jayashree (Frankie potato wrap)
Padma (Chettinad potato roast fry)
Swati (Aloo matar parcel samosa)


  1. Stunning is the first word as I look open mouthed at this delectable bowl of halwa. I have never tried Potato Halwa before but this post has already made me a fan of it. How beautifully you have described everything is making me want to try it right at this Cinderella hour. Mother's are biggest jewels on this earth and I am so delighted to be visually basking in the yumminess of your Mom's recipe. Thanks dear for sharing with us such a delectable dish.

  2. Oh wow! I have tasted potato halwa only once and it was amazingly tasty. I don't know why I had totally forgotten about it but this gorgeous bowl reminded me of that taste and I'm drooling!

  3. I so love this have made it to perfection...I'm drooling..wish I could have some right from the screen...Btw...this was my other choice for the blog hop!!...Lovely share dear!!

  4. Never had tried this potato halwa think should be smooth,creamy and very fragrant..fully loaded with yumminess

  5. Wonderful share Shubha, this dish used to be made at my moms place, nostalgic. I just remembered yesterday while writing and here it is !

  6. Yes, absolutely, anytime to potatoes. But potato halwa is so new to me. Yet, I am wholesomely loving this clever invention.

  7. Wow what an excellent recipe Shubha... Such a creative recipe and my mouth was watering while I was reading it . Love the pictures and also your presentation ..