Chaitra Navratri 2023; Make This Sweet Potato Halwa Recipe
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The significant Hindu holiday of Navratri, which is observed twice a year in India, worships the goddess Durga and her nine incarnations, each of which stands for a unique power. Devotees fast for up to nine days to worship the goddess during the festival, which occurs twice—once at the beginning of spring and once at the beginning of fall. Instead of eating non-vegetarian cuisine, onions, and garlic, people usually opt for light, easily digestible foods like kuttu atta, singhara atta, fresh vegetables, milk, yoghurt, and makhanas. No one can resist the exquisite delight of halwa or custard! You'll never cease to be surprised by the diversity of food available in Indian cuisine, which is bursting with flavours.

Halwa is a popular delicacy in India that you can make for any occasion. Do you know that you can make vrat friendly halwa with sweet potatoes? This is a delectable halwa recipe made with sweet potatoes, also known as shakarkandi, which is a healthy treat for people with high blood pressure because sweet potatoes are considered to be low in sodium and potassium. Low in calories, this dessert recipe is the perfect treat for those who enjoy sweets. The best thing about sweet potatoes is that they are inherently sweet, so creating halwa doesn't require using a lot of sugar. The natural sugar found in sweet potatoes or shakarkandi normally serves to counteract the sweetness of this halwa. 

It is ideal for those who desire a sweet dish but are also concerned with their health. It is a simple, quick-to-make sweet meal that can be made with little effort and garnished with cashews and pistachios. It is a perfect option for those who are observing fasts during this holy festival of navratri. 

Here's how you can make sweet potato halwa at home


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon powdered green cardamom
  • 3 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 handful mixed dry fruits
  • water as required
  • 2 1/2 cup grated sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 8 strand saffron
  • 2 tablespoon lukewarm milk


  • Use a pressure cooker to boil sweet potatoes for this delectable halwa. When finished, set them aside to cool. Then, peel, mash, and set aside the sweet potatoes in a bowl. To make saffron milk, combine the lukewarm milk with the saffron strands in a small bowl. This saffron milk should be set aside until needed.
  • Melt some ghee should in a heavy nonstick pan over a medium temperature. Add the mashed sweet potatoes to the melted ghee and cook for 2–3 minutes, or until they are light brown in colour.
  • Then add water, sugar, and cardamom powder to the pan with the milk. Cook the sweet potatoes for 7-8 minutes, stirring to combine well. There is a good risk that the sweet potatoes will stick to the bottom, so stir frequently.
  • Lastly, add chopped mixed dried fruits and saffron milk to the pan. Cook for an additional five minutes while stirring frequently after thoroughly combining. Turn off the burner and serve the milk hot once it has entirely been absorbed. You can add some extra chopped dry fruits and saffron threads to the sweet potato halwa as a garnish.