A traditional homemade Indian sweet, this aloo ka halwa is definitely gonna make your day when you crave for something deliciously sweet!
I admit that I am not an expert in making Indian sweets and desserts! Not yet, at least! And that’s the very reason I am always in awe of my mother-in-law’s amazing skill in making those lip-smacking Indian desserts. Starting from lavang latika to the tradition payesh i.e. rice pudding, she slays them all with utmost finesse! Today I bring to you another gem from her repertoire – aloo ka halwa or as we Bengalis call it aloo’r payesh! This is kind of another Indian pudding but made of grated potatoes instead of rice. It’s a creamy and decadent dessert which can give any other fancy dessert a run for its money!
This aloo ka halwa is my husband’s favorite which is why it’s quite a frequent affair in our home. I was not familiar with this amazing dessert and that was quite unfortunate. My MIL introduced me to this and was quite excited to explain how much my hubby is fond of this particular sweet dish. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical in the beginning; I wasn’t much sure how good old potatoes would taste in a sweet dish! But putting all my doubt to rest, this amazing aloo ka halwa won me over! And now I know why this aloo ka halwa is so popular all over the country!
Indian desserts are full of surprises. Haven’t you realized that too? You will find so many stuffed sweets and desserts and keep guessing what’s inside there to surprise you! Also, there are many sweet dishes which are made out of unimaginable ingredients and becomes a killer dish! This aloo ka halwa is a perfect example of such an astonishing dish – I mean, who could have thought that a humble potato can make it to the dessert alley and get a makeover so addictive! I haven’t! Have you ever heard of any other dessert/sweet recipe made of potatoes other than in Indian cuisine? I haven’t yet! If you have, please be kind enough to let me know in the comment section below; I will be in debt to you forever!
Like any other halwa recipe, aloo ka halwa also needs its time to be ready – it much appreciates your patience and once you sign up for that, be assured that you are going to reward yourself with one of the most beautiful dessert that Indian cuisine has to offer you. This aloo ka halwa is perfect for special occasions as a small amount goes a long way and doesn’t require tons of ingredients. Plus it pleases everyone, even the one without a sweet tooth! Trust me, this aloo ka halwa is a winner and you will never regret to serve this to your guests. Try this aloo’r payesh at home and don’t forget to let us know how badly you got hooked to it!
- Potatoes – 250 gms (you can use sweet / red potatoes too instead of regular potatoes)
- Whole milk – 1 liter
- Sugar – 200 gms
- Ghee / clarified butter – 50 gms (¼ cup)
- Green cardamom – 2 to 4
- Cashew nuts – ¼ cup, lightly toasted
- Raisins – 15-20
- Cook potatoes in boiling water until soft. Then transfer them to cold water and when they are cool enough to handle, peel and grate them.
- Heat ghee in a kadhai/wok. Once the ghee is hot, add the grated potatoes to it. Sauté them until the potatoes become glossy, about 15 minutes on low heat. Take the potatoes out and set aside.
- In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, add the whole milk and bring it to boil. After the milk starts boiling, simmer the milk uncovered on low until it reduces in volume to almost half and becomes thick. Keep stirring to avoid the milk from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Then add the sautéed grated potatoes to the milk and stir well to combine and get rid of any lumps.
- Add sugar, mix well and cook on low until the milk becomes thick again as the sugar will release a lot of water once dissolved.
- Once the milk becomes thick, the aloo ka halwa is ready. Let it cool down and once it reaches room temperature, keep it in the refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours.
- Garnish with toasted cashew and raisins before serving. Serve the aloo ka halwa chilled. Enjoy!