Papaya halwa is a super delicious sweet dish. If you like carrot halwa then you will definitely enjoy this papita ka halwa. You can not find fresh carrot during summer days. But you can easily find fresh half-ripe or ripe papaya in the local market during the summer season. If it is not fresh then it won’t be as flavorful & mouthwatering. The best part of this papaya halwa is that you do not need milk to prepare this. Yes, without milk you can make this wonderful halwa at home.
Though I do not prefer to add too much sugar and make this dessert with ripe papaya regularly. Rather I do this whenever I get a half ripe papaya instead of a ripe papaya from the market. Nowadays it is hard to find a desi papaya in the market because mostly hybrid fruits are available. Hybrid papayas are big in size, it owns wonderful color & flavor. But sometimes it looks okay outside. But when you peel & cut that then you may find that it is not perfectly ripe, even after you store it in a warm place for couple of days. You can not eat that fruit. So what to do?
That time I prefer to make this awesome papaya halwa. Everybody in my family loves this.
This fruit is very nutritious and experts said that it contains a significant amount of vitamin C what boosts immunity powder in the human body. This fruit is an amazing one because when it is ripe then it is consumed as fruit. But when it is unripe then it is consumed as a vegetable.
Do you know that India is the biggest producer in the world? It produced almost 45% of the world’s total papaya production in 2018. It is a very common plant in rural India. You can easily find this plant at the backyard of any rural or suburban Indian household. A few months back we also have a papaya plant at our backyard. It produced many fruits during its season.
Tasty papaya halwa recipe
- 1 medium size papita/papaya
- 100 gm sugar
- 3 cardamoms/ilaichi
- 2 bay leaves
- Handful cashew nuts
- Handful raisins/kishmish
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped almonds
- ½ cup water
- ⅓ cup ghee (you can use any vegetable oil too)
- Heat ghee in a cooking pot and add crushed cardamoms & bay leaves
- Remove the fried bay leaves once it started nice aroma
- Now add finely chopped or grated ripe/half-ripe papaya and stir for next 2 minutes
- Then pour water and cover it with a lid and cook over a low flame for next 5 -7 minutes
- Once water is almost dried up then add sugar and stir to mix
- Mash with a hand masher and add small pieces of cashew nuts and raisins
- Cook till halwa becomes dry & sticky
- Take it a small bowl & spread finely chopped almonds over halwa (optional)