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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Watermelon Halwa

Summer is coming near and watermelons are easily available at every store and farmer market here , So we pick one last week .We had some watermelon slice sprinkled with chaat masala and with the other 1/2 half of the watermelon i wanted to try something different other than juices so was searching for recipes in net then i remember once in a cooking show i saw the recipe of watermelon halwa . They used sooji/semolina and corn flour to make the halwa. I liked the recipe but wanted to try with some variations in that halwa . Wanted it to look like a Thirunavelli halwa or agar ka petha with glossy texture so tried this recipe  . 

In traditional thirunalvelli halwa they take out the milk from the soaked whole wheat flour and then make them.. so hear am using watermelon instead of whole wheat flour milk and for thickening  i have used corn flour.


Watermelon - 1/2 medium sized
Sugar -1 cup (heaped)
Cashewnuts-5-6 nos
Pistachoes- 2-3 nos
Ghee - 4 tbsp
Lemon juice-2 tsp
Cornflour- 1 1/2 tsp
Saffron essence or vanilla essence or rose essence- few drops (i used rose essence) 


  • Deseed the watermelon and remove from the green skin. chop them in to cubes.
  • In a blender blend the chopped watermelon and sugar coarsely ,only up to 2 -3 pulse or you can even mash the watermelon with you hands and mix in sugar. 

  • Now pressure cook this mixture without adding any water  for 1 whistle this step cooks the watermelon and reduce the cooking and stirring time.
  •  After the pressure cooker cools down open and keep it ready.In small bowl take the corn flour and dilute it in 3 tbsp of water with out any lumps.
  • Take a kadai add 1 tbsp of ghee ,to which add the nuts fry till light brown . Pour the watermelon mixture and mix them till they start boiling. 
  • After it starts boiling add cornflour mixture and mix them.Keep on stirring them constantly as it may catch the bottom of the pan and burn , mix in the remaining ghee in regular intervals to the halwa while cooking them. After some time of continuous stirring, the the mixture keep on getting thicker. 
  • At this stage add lemon juice and stir continuously till they  leave the sides of the kadai but should be semi solid  or should form to a ball consistency and you can see ghee separating from the halwa , at this stage your halwa is ready. 
  • After it attains the required consistency  turn off the heat and add the desired essence you like and give them a quick mix. Now you can serve them warm . 
  • They taste gud when they are served warm as the ghee in this may solidify if they are chilled. If you want you can heat them again in a low flame till they are warm but do not over cook them .


Here i have added lemon to avoid crystallization of sugar as they are cooked for a long time on the stove.


  1. I never even thought one could make watermelon ka halwa.Good job Manjula!

  2. sooper manju.... Very innovative and must be really yummy yummy..

  3. innovative dear... looks lovely and tempting....

  4. Manju kalakitinga ponga..Looks super delicious and sema innovation :)

  5. Asathureenga, super...very innovative.

  6. Wow.. U can make halwa with watermelon??? Amazing.. Always had raw or only juice with it.. A nice one :)

  7. my god halwa with watermelon
    i had no clue we can make this

    it looks wow yaar

  8. I never even thought one could make watermelon halwa..Super dooper manju..

  9. Fantastic halwa Manju, cornflour would have given that glossy look na well done dear.

  10. Super manju.never dreamed of water melon halwa.

  11. Halwa looks so delicious Manju. Yes, it does resemble Tirunelveli Halwa lookwise.. But taste must be different na? Nice pictures da.. :)

  12. Nice one first time saw this and heard abt this.

    Raksha's Kitchen

  13. Really Very new to me... Lovely Halwa Manju.. thanks for sharing.

  14. Very inovative halwa! Manju you are always coming up with fresh ideas!

  15. Very superb and innovative recipe Manju :) finally the post is up :) super ah erruku dear... who will think of such a combination??? looks so good

  16. First time here...Lovely space..Watermelon halwa is a innovative recipe...Loved the gloss it has..

  17. Wow!!!halwa looks tempting and makes me drool...super halwa..

  18. Oh wow, water melon ki halwa...never heard before. Looks yummilious. I am planning to relocate to ur area. :) Good job, Manju.

  19. Very innovative recipe da, water melon halwa with corn flour looks so yummy n u got nice texture...wish to be ur neighbor to taste ur yummy creations :) great job dear!

  20. Wow.. very new recipe for me
    Awesome recipe thanks for liking with my event

  21. Never would have thought of making halwa out of watermelon.. thnx for sharing it

  22. Delicious watermelon Halwa Manju, I like they way used Watermelon juice. Thanks for sharing with Traditional Indian Sweets and Giveaway

  23. ho.. I am impressed :) Nice dessert and thanks for sharing with my giveaway


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