I have eaten this many times as a young girl during my stay in Kanpur and Lucknow. After we moved to Chennai, I have forgotten about it and never ate it again. When looking for what to make for the UP Thaali, I came across this recipe online and on further research, I like the recipe posted by Anjana aunty of Maayeka. So again, this is one of her recipes and it worked great. My husband loved this with the puris I made for lunch and ate it as dessert after dinner.
This is a very quick halwa and made during fasting. Navarathri is one time when this is frequently made in the UP houses. I made this dish as a part of my UP Thaali. Do check out my other recipes that I made for the Thali.
My other recipes in the thali –
Preparation time – 10 minutes
Cooking time – 20 minutes
Difficulty level – easy
Recipe source – maayeka
Ingredients to make Aloo Ka Halwa – serves 4
- Potatoes – 3 large
- Sugar – 1 cup
- Ghee – 4/5 tbsp
- Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
- Few strands of saffron
Procedure to make Aloo Ka Halwa –
- Cook the potatoes in a pressure cooker and then peel them. Mash them well with a fork.
- In a non stick pan, heat the ghee and then add the mashed potatoes. Sauté it on low-medium heat, stirring constantly until the potatoes start to change color and a nice aroma comes out. It is very important to keep stirring because you don’t want to burn the potatoes. This took me about 12 minutes.
- Then add the sugar and mix well. The halwa will become slightly runny and then start to come together as a mass. Keep stirring till it leaves the sides of the pan. This happens very quickly and it took me less than 5 minutes. Now add the cardamom powder and the saffron and mix well.
- Take it off the flame and serve warm.