Papaya Halwa is a variation of a sweet Indian dessert made from fresh papaya and milk with the addition of raisins and cashews.
By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
Papaya Halwa is my recipe of the day with Christmas Sweets Week. I had the opportunity to try my hand at making papaya halwa some time ago, and was quite pleased.
I have enjoyed various types of halwa over time, including some made from semolina and others made from things like carrot.
Halwa has a loose, fudgy texture that I enjoy served warm, although it can be eaten cold. This particular version, being made with ripe fruit pulp, is among the best I have ever eaten.
Oh don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy halwa made by others. Halwa does take some time to make and involves your attention, but the end result is very much worth it. I’ll pull up my kitchen stool near the stove and have a relaxing time of the stirring, often over a glass of wine.
You can taste the love in this sublime dessert, which makes it a perfect holiday treat for your family or friends.
Christmas Sweets Week
Welcome to #ChristmasSweetsWeek 2020! Co-hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures! What better way to celebrate the holidays than with food and fun? 21 bloggers from around the country have come together to share some of their favorite sweet Christmas recipes!! Deck the halls and get ready for very merry sweet treats, like fudge, cookies, Christmas morning breakfasts, layer cakes, cocoa, and more! Follow along on social media with our #ChristmasSweetsWeek hashtag. Happy Holidays!
Enjoy these #ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes from our bloggers:
Candy and Fudge Recipes
Chocolate Cherry Brownie Bites by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Hard Cinnamon Candy by Blogghetti
Oreo Balls by The Mandatory Mooch
Papaya Halwa by Palatable Pastime (You are Here!)
White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge by An Affair from the Heart
Pastry and Dessert Recipes
Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies by Kathryn’s Kitchen Blog
Chocolate Saltine Toffee by For the Love of Food
Christmas Snack Board by Love & Confections
Christmas Tree Krispie Treats by Sweet Beginnings
Hot Chocolate cookies by Christmas Tree Lane
Lemon Olive Oil Sugar Cookies by The Spiffy Cookie
Lemon Rosemary Shortbread Cookies [Vegan & Allergy-Friendly] by Bear & Bug Eats
Gingerbread House by House of Nash Eats
Gingerbread Layer Cake by The Redhead Baker
Peppermint Candy Cane Ice Cream Pie by A Little Fish in the Kitchen
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- 2 ripe strawberry papaya fruit
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- 1/4 cup toasted broken cashews
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- additional cashews or raisins (optional garnish)
- Peel papaya, remove seeds and grate fruit on a box grater or food processor (yield 16 ounces grated pulp).
- Cook fruit pulp for 15 minutes with butter and lime juice.
- Add raisins and cashews, then cook about another hour on low heat, stirring frequently, until thick and somewhat dry and chunky and starts coming together in a ball (not like applesauce, but more like mashed potatoes).
- Add vanilla and cardamom, stirring to mix.
- Serve warm or cool, topped with a garnish of your choice.
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