Aloo halwa

Taking a break from the ongoing Lockdown Series, here comes an exclusive post for this navratri vrat- Aloo Halwa!

I never knew that halwa made with aloo existed until I came across this dish. And then when I told my grandma about such a dish, she was like, “oh! That is very easy to make. You just add this, this, this and this” and she went on and on with the procedure too. I was like, “why haven’t you even made it once for me?” I even got to know that when my mom got married, she used to make this halwa every now and then. I guess it was her personal favorite! Anyway, I uncovered many secrets behind this aloo halwa.

Aloo halwa, or potato halwa, might sound unusual at first. But don’t be fooled by its humble main ingredient! This Indian dessert is a creamy, melt-in-your-mouth treat that’s sure to surprise and delight your taste buds.

Aloo halwa takes simple potatoes and transforms them into a rich and decadent dessert. A smooth, creamy halwa with a subtle sweetness and a hint of potato that adds a unique and delightful texture.

This is a very easy recipe to make. If you have guests coming over, then this is the perfect dish to make in no time. And it is also quite filling because of the potatoes. So, this is the right dish to suppress your sweet cravings as well as fill your tummies!

So next time you’re looking for a unique and delicious dessert to try, give aloo halwa a chance. This unexpected potato treat might just become your new favorite way to satisfy your sweet tooth. The rich flavors and creamy texture make aloo halwa a showstopper at Diwali or other special occasions. Garnish with chopped nuts and dried fruits for an extra festive touch.

Aloo halwa’s beauty lies in its versatility. You can enjoy it warm or cold, making it perfect for any season. A small serving of aloo halwa is the perfect way to end a savory Indian meal on a sweet note.

This aloo halwa is mostly had on the fasting days during the navratri festival. We can also replace white potatoes with sweet potatoes instead. So, enjoy this dessert with your loved ones. Happy Navratri! Happy cooking and eating!

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Aloo Halwa

Abhipriya Raghav
An easy dessert or sweet recipe made with aloo.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert, Festive Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3 servings


  • 300 grams potatoes
  • 1+5 tbsp ghee
  • 8-10 cashews
  • 8-10 dry grapes
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder


  • Wash the potatoes and boil them in a pressure cooker. When the potatoes are warm, remove the skin of the potatoes and transfer to a bowl.
  • Mash the potatoes with your hand. Set aside
  • Heat a kadai with 1 tbsp ghee.
  • Add the cashews and fry them until golden brown.
  • Add the dry grapes and fry them just for a few seconds.
  • Transfer the cashews and the dry grapes to a clean plate. Set aside.
  • In the same kadai add 4 tbsp ghee and let it heat.
  • Add the mashed potatoes and cook until potatoes change in color.
  • Add milk, sugar and cardamom powder. Cook until all the moisture is absorbed.
  • Switch off the stove, add the fried cashews, dry grapes and 1 tbsp ghee. Mix well.
  • Garnish with silvered pistachios, almonds and rose petals. Serve warm.


  • The amount of sugar added can be altered as per taste.
  • The amount of ghee added can also be altered as per liking. But adding ghee gives sweet dishes its richness. So do not compromise on it.
  • You can add cashews without frying them too.
  • Instead of garnishing, almonds and pistachios can be added while adding the cashews.
Keyword aloo, dessert, halwa, indian, navratri, sweet, sweets