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Navratri special: 15 mouth-watering recipes for you

October 12, 2015

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1. Kaddu Khus Khus ka Halwa
Serves 8

Ingredients
2 kg yellow pumpkin (kaddu)
8 tbsp poppy seeds (khus khus)
½ cup sugar, or to taste
seeds of 6-8 green cardamoms (elaichi)
1 tbsp saffron – dissolve in 1 tbsp hot water
½ cup ghee
250-300 gm khoya – grated
2 tbsp chironji
2 tbsp raisins (kishmish)
GARNISH
1 silver leaf (vark)
a few green pistachios – blanched and sliced

Method
* Peel & chop pumpkin into small pieces.

* Clean and wash the poppy seeds well.

* Place the pumpkin in a cooker with ¼ cup water and give 2 whistles, remove from heat.

* Place the cooked pumpkin in a kadhai and mash it with a kadchi. Add the poppy seeds, crushed cardamom seeds and saffron. Cook on medium heat till water evaporates and the pumpkin turns dry.

* Add the sugar and stir till dry. Cook, stirring for 5 minutes.

* Add ghee and cook for 10 minutes on low heat to get a rich brown colour.

* Add the khoya, raisins and chironji. Mix well.

* Serve hot garnished with vark & pistachios.

(Recipe courtesy: Nita Mehta)

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