Holiday Sweet Potato Halwa Recipe

December 23, 2013 - by Shriya

The holidays are the perfect time to bring out those seasonal, satisfying warm dishes that the whole family can enjoy. Sweet potatoes are a popular item on Thanksgiving and Christmas menus, but that doesn't mean they've worn out their welcome!

The fibrous and healthy vegetable is a great base for a delicious halwa dish. Halwa is an Indian dessert made of a vegetable, milk, sugar, and spices. Whether it is served hot or cold, it is goes well with holiday cheer!

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(Recipe makes about 8 servings)

6 medium sweet potatoes

1 1/4 cups of milk (you can use skim or almond milk too)

8 tsp. of sugar

1 tsp. cardamom powder (not pictured)

1/2 cup of mixed chopped nuts (I used pistachios and cashews)

A few strands of saffron

2 tsp. of oil (not pictured)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


1. Boil the sweet potatoes until they are soft. The fastest way is to steam them in a pressure cooker for about 20 minutes.

2. When the sweet potatoes are cooked, peel them carefully and mash them in a large bowl.

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3. Heat the oil in a large, thick-bottomed pan on low-medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the mashed sweet potatoes to the pan.

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4. Saute the sweet potatoes in the oil for about 5 minutes.

5. Add the milk, sugar, and cardamom powder to the mixture. Stir thoroughly.

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6. When the halwa begins to thicken, add a tbsp of warm milk mixed with saffron strands to the mixture. Stir occasionally.

7. Allow the sweet potatoes to simmer until the milk has mostly evaporated and the mixture reaches a thick, gooey consistency. The mixture should be sticking to the edge of the pan.

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8. Garnish the halwa with nuts sprinkled on top.

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9. Serve the sweet potato halwa hot or cold, and enjoy!

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