Few days back my parents had visited us .While coming they had bought a big papaya that grew in their backyard . But alas !!! While bringing , the papaya had got over riped and had become mushy . My kids love papaya but only when it is semi ripe . There are no takers for mushy papaya . But I didn’t want to disappoint my parents by throwing away the papaya and decided to make something out of it . The first simple choice was obviously a shake but dropped it as the quantity was more . Then my mom suggested about making Papaya halwa . Though i liked the idea.. i was not sure how papaya halwa might taste .The halwa came out superb and got a big thumbs up . Good news is that It does not require any expert cooking skills and much ghee too. I now know what to do if i have over ripe papaya …..
Wash papaya and peel off the skin . Dice and mash papaya nicely to get a fine puree. If the papaya is over ripe as mine , you can easily mash manually and your puree will be perfect . Else use a mixer or foodprocess
Heat a tsp of ghee in a thick bottom kadai / pan and saute raisins ,cashews and almonds in it ,one by one.When they turn golden brown remove and keep aside.
To the same kadai ; add papaya puree and sugar and cook together until the sugar melts and puree gets blended with sugar . You will observe that the papaya puree color has changed . This may take 2-3 minutes .
At this stage add ghee and mix well . Continue to cook uncovered on medium flame and keep mixing in between to avoid sticking to the bottom .
You will observe that after about 8-10 mins , halwa starts to become thick and looks like jam ( the mixture becomes one big mass),turn off the stove.
Add roasted nuts ,cardamom powder and Mix well.
Thats it..Papaya halwa is ready...Enjoy it hot / warm / cold..Stays good when refrigerated up to 10 days.
- If you want to make sugarless , you can replace sugar with honey / dates . If using dates , soak them in water for some time , grind to paste and mix with papaya puree . Rest the procedure is same . I have done it once , and it tasted great .
- If you want to make it more thick and add some consistency , dilute a tsp of cornflour in water . Add this solution to the papaya mix , while adding ghee and mix -stir. this will make your halwa mre thick .
- If you want you can spread it on a greased plate and cut into pieces or serve it in bowls .
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