Irina’s Papaya Halwa

    2 hours 45 mins

    The Papaya Halwa is another sweet delicacy made for special religious events, such as the Shab e Barat and Eid. It is really yummy, but takes quite a bit of patience to make. However, I think it is worth the effort!


    Dhaka, Bangladesh
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    Serves: 10 

    • 1/2 kg raw papaya, cut into medium sized slices
    • 1/2 cup ghee
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 1/2 kg sugar
    • 1/4 cup chopped pistachio nuts
    • 1 handful of raisins

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:2hr30min  ›  Ready in:2hr45min 

    1. Boil the papaya in water, and when soft, set aside for cooling. Use a sheel pata to make a paste.
    2. Heat a tawa and place a pan on top of it. On the pan, heat the ghee. Sprinkle the cinnamon sticks and cardamoms. Stir for a bit and add the pasted papaya. Stir constantly for 15 minutes, so that the dal does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
    3. Sprinkle some of the sugar and continue to stir for a bit. Now add some more sugar and again stir constantly. Add the rest of the sugar in 2-3 more sessions of stirring, adding sugar and stirring again.
    4. Stir steadily and continuously while sprinkling some of the pistachio nuts.
    5. The halwa will be ready when it is fluid, moves easily in circles with the cooking stick. The halwa will not be spread all around in the inside of the cooking pot, but will rather adhere to the cooking stick.
    6. The halwa takes 2 hours to be cooked. Pour the halwa on a big flat tray so that the thickness of the halwa is around half inch. Sprinkle rest of the pistachio nuts and all of the raisins on top. Set aside for cooling. When cooled, cut the halwa in different shapes, preferably in diamond shapes.

    Serving suggestion

    It is delicious by itself, but can be also served with parathas, plain tortillas ( rootis) or loochis.

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