Grated Ash gourd/Boodakumbala kai 2 ½ cup
Sugar 1 ½ cup
Cashew & Raisins 8-10
Elaichi/cardamom powder ¼ tsp
Saffron strands 7-8
Ghee 4 tsp
Melt ghee in a pan.
Fry cashew till half golden brown.
Add raisins and fry till golden brown.
Remove them in a separate bowl and keep aside.
Remove excess water from ash gourd.
In the same pan along with ghee, fry grated ash gourd till water in it dries. You can also cook in a pressure cooker and start frying.
When it is reduced to three fourth the quantity add sugar and keep sauting.
When it starts forming one single lump, switch off the flame.
Add cardamom powder, fried cashew raisins and mix. Add saffron strands and serve hot.
Use thick bottom pan or nonstick pan to avoid burning. As ashgourd contains more water, it may take little more time for halwa to be done.