Dumroot / Kashi Halwa / Winter Melon Halwa / White Pumpkin Halwa
White pumpkin / Winter melon / Boodidagummidakaaya / Poosanikai/ Kumbalakaayi
Made this sweet for our wedding Anniversary today. My husband just loves sweet and whenever possible I try to make some sweets and it gets over in no time. But recently have reduced making and make some only once a while. For our anniversary I usually make carrot halwa and or paruppu payasam which we both love. This time made this sweet called dumroot in Bangalore. Being a Bangalorean loved this so much and always enjoyed having them in festivals/functions and mainly in weddings. Getting this melon is little difficult in our place here. Last weekend happened to get these from Chicago and my first thought was dumroot. Just enjoyed having them and my older one just loved it.
Wintermelon / white pumpking - 2 cups ( grated)
Sugar - 1 cup ( reduce or increase as sweetness needed)
Ghee/ clarified butter - 2 tbsp
Cardamom powder - 2 pinch
Nutmeg powder - 1 pinch(optional)
Milk - 1 cup
Food color - a pinch
Cashewnuts and raisins - few each
Can use sugarless khova and make this a richer halwa.
Scrape the rind and remove seeds from the pumking. Grate them and then squeeze our of water( do not discard). Save it for later use.
Heat ghee in a pan and fry cashewnuts and raisins. Remove and keep aside. In the pan using the ghee add grated pumpkin. Saute in medium flame for 3 - 4 minutes. Next add the saved water and cook till the water evaporates. Next add milk and cook till the pumkins are soft. Also add food color. Next add sugar. Keep stirring now and then and cook till you get halwa/thick consistency. Finally add cardamom powder, nutmeg powder and the fried cashewnuts and raisins.
If using khova then can skip milk if needed and add these before adding sugar.Then add extra water to cook the melon. Will give a nice richer taste.