The Flavors of Fall with Pumpkin Halwa: A Pakistani Autumn Delight

As the leaves begin to change and the air turns crisp, Pakistan embraces the essence of autumn with a delightful culinary tradition—Pumpkin Halwa. This heartwarming dessert captures the spirit of the season with its rich flavors and aromatic spices. In this article, we’ll take you through the steps to create this Pakistani autumn delight right in your own kitchen.


Ingredients for Pumpkin Halwa:

– 500 grams of pumpkin (peeled and grated)

– 1 cup of milk

– 1/2 cup of sugar (adjust to taste)

– 3 tablespoons of ghee (clarified butter)

– 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom powder

– A pinch of saffron strands (optional)

– Chopped nuts for garnish (almonds, cashews, and pistachios)

– Raisins for garnish


  1. Preparation: Start by peeling and grating the pumpkin. You can use a fine grater for this. Set it aside.
  2. Sauté in Ghee: In a heavy-bottomed pan or kadhai, heat the ghee over medium-low heat. Once the ghee is hot, add the grated pumpkin. Sauté the pumpkin in ghee for about 10-12 minutes until it turns soft and the raw smell disappears.
  3. Add Milk: Pour in the milk and stir well. Allow the mixture to simmer on low heat. Stir occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom.
  4. Cook Slowly: Continue to cook the pumpkin in milk until it thickens and reduces in volume. This may take around 20-25 minutes. Keep stirring to avoid lumps.
  5. Add Sugar: Once the pumpkin is soft and the milk has thickened, add sugar. Adjust the sugar to your taste preferences. Stir well to combine, and let it cook for another 5-7 minutes.
  6. Infuse with Cardamom and Saffron: Sprinkle cardamom powder and, if desired, a pinch of saffron strands (soaked in a tablespoon of warm milk). This adds a beautiful aroma and flavor to the halwa.
  7. Garnish: Finally, garnish your Pumpkin Halwa with chopped nuts (almonds, cashews, and pistachios) and raisins.
  8. Serve: Remove from heat and let it cool slightly. Pumpkin Halwa can be served warm or at room temperature. Enjoy the comforting flavors of autumn!

Pumpkin Halwa is more than just a dessert; it’s a celebration of the season’s bounty and a cherished tradition in Pakistani cuisine. Its warm, sweet, and aromatic flavors make it a perfect treat to enjoy on cool autumn evenings. Whether served as a dessert after a hearty meal or as a sweet indulgence during festive gatherings, Pumpkin Halwa encapsulates the essence of Pakistani hospitality and the rich flavors of fall. So, embrace the autumn spirit and savor this delectable delight that has been a part of Pakistan’s culinary heritage for generations.

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