Chalkumra Halwa (Ash gourd halwa)

Chalkumra Halwa (Ash gourd halwa)


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About this recipe: Ash gourd or chalkumra is one of those ingredients that can be paired up with almost anything to create delicious food items. This is a simple recipe for halwa that is often made on Shab-e-barat. Enjoy with roti, paratha or loochis.

nadira_begum Dhaka, Bangladesh


  • 1/2 of a big chalkumra (ash gourd)
  • 1.5 cups of water
  • 4 cardamoms
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cloves
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2-2.5 cups of sugar
  • 1 handful of nuts and raisins ( as preferred or 2 tablespoons)


  1. Cut the chalkumra, peel its skin and remove the seeds.
  2. Boil the chalkumra in water.
  3. Grind the boiled chalkumra in a sheel pata.
  4. Heat a saucepan with ghee. Add the pasted chalkumra. Stir and add the sugar continuously.
  5. Sprinkle the cardamoms, cinnamon sticks, cloves and bay leaves. Stir and cook for 2-3 hours on low heat. Stir regularly every now and then.
  6. When the halwa has hardened, transfer it on a dish.
  7. Garnish with nuts and raisins.

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