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Spaghetti Squash Halwa

Spaghetti Squash Halwa

Couple of days back,i bought¬†spaghetti squash for the first time.It sat at my counter for couple of days.I was trying to decide what to do with it.I have never been a big squash fan.I decided to give this a try for its obvious healthy goodness,though i know this halwa seems like 180 degree turn from healthy road ūüôā

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash

So i asked my family if there is equivalent to it in India to find out how Indians would make it.My sister,Shuchi, and aunt Rita enlightened me with some very interesting facts.

  • Indian use a cousin of¬†spaghetti squash.Most popular ones are ‘opo squash’ and ¬†‘Ash gourd”.It is not orange color and is not sweet.It is used in sweet and¬†savory¬†dishes alike.If you ever go to India to see ‘Taj Mahal’,you must taste “Agra Petha”. Agra is a name of a city Taj Mahal is in and “Petha” is sweet dessert made out of ‘Ash gourd.Very very popular dessert.
  • Sweet version of Indian squash, which i know only the local dialect ¬†name of,’Kohra’, resembles¬†the¬†Halloween¬†pumpkin.
  • My sister said,in South India,version of orange and white¬†squash¬†has significant use in Hindu worship.It is often broken and kept or hung outside the main door post.
Spaghetti Squash Halwa

Spaghetti Squash Halwa

So i decided to make ‘Halwa‘ out of¬†spaghetti squash,taking inspiration from my mom.My mom often made quick halwa using semolina ,wheat and water chestnut flour to serve our visiting friends.

  • Halwa is very common Indian dessert which is made using sugar,ghee,cream or milk.It has a thick pudding¬†consistency. There¬†are many different fruits,vegetable,grains and lentils which can be used to make halwa. Some take longer and some are quick.

Now the moment of taste truth : Nonone in my family liked it except me.It is very different then any dessert they have tasted.I had fully anticipated this.I ate the whole thing and wished i made it more Yes,it is that good i would say,even if it anything which my American family taste buds is used to.

Spaghetti Squash Halwa

Spaghetti Squash Halwa

 

Spaghetti Squash Halwa

Ingredients

  1. *1-1/2 cups spaghetti squash(cooked and scooped)
  2. 1/4-1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1/4 cup milk
  4. 1 tablespoon ghee
  5. 1 cardamom crushed
  6. Garnish
  7. handful of silvered alomonds and cashews

Instructions

  1. *Bake full spaghetti squash at 375F for little over an hour.Cut it and scoop out the seeds and using forks,get the meaty squash out.
  2. In a pot,add scooped out spaghetti squash(1-1/2 cups),milk and sugar.
  3. Cook it at slow heat until liquid is evaporated.
  4. Add ghee.Let it cook until mixture comes together.
  5. Add cardamom,cashews and almonds.
  6. Enjoy it at room temperature or chilled.
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