Ash gourd halwa / dum root halwa
Ashgourd Halwa | Kashi Halwa | Dum root Halwa |
Written by Jayashree
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Ash gourd halwa is a tasty and popular sweet of South India. It is called by different names as Kashi Halwa, Dum root halwa or Budhgumbala kayi halwa. It is rich in taste with added nuts and ghee. 

These days, I am in a couple of groups which gives me some more ideas to cook and write. This is for the A to Z Recipe Challenge, a regular event that will be conducted monthly. This is the inception month and thus the letter is A.

Ash gourd is a healthy vegetable. It is usually used in sambar, yoghurt based dishes as majjige huli and sometimes in stir fry.  Ash gourd halwa is popular in South India and is pre dominantly made during functions and ceremonies. It is popular by the local names.

My other halwa recipes: Carrot halwa ABC Halwa Beetroot halwa

Ash gourd halwa / dum root halwa

Ash gourd halwa / Dum root halwa

ash gourd halwa / dum root halwa

ash gourd halwa / dum root halwa

Let’s get cooking Ash Gourd Halwa


Measurement : 1 cup =250 ml
  • 2 cup grated ash gourd
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • 5 almonds
  • 8 cashewnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder


  1. Remove the skin of ash gourd and discard the seeds and pith of it.
  2. Grate it. Do not discard the water.
  3. Take a teaspoon of ghee and roast the cashes, put them aside. Cut the almonds and roast them. Put them along with cashew.
  4. Now, add the grated ash gourd and roast it for four to five minutes.
  5. The raw smell of the vegetable should vanish.
  6. Add sugar and ghee to it and roast it on a low flame for fifteen to twenty minutes.
  7. Finally, add cardamom powder and remove from flame.
Take a tip:
  • The skin of ash gourd is thick and needs to be removed carefully.
  • Increase the quantity of sugar by quarter cup, if you want it to be more sweet.
  • Raisins may be used.
making of dum root halwa

making of dum root halwa

pictures in sequence are : ash gourd, grated ash gourd, sauting of dry fruits ( three pictures), sauting of ash gourd,  condensed form, adding of sugar, adding of ghee.

(I missed taking the picture of the halwa in the pan )

Ash gourd halwa / Dum root halwa

Ash gourd halwa is one of the finest sweets prepared in South India. It is common during ceremonies.

Course indian sweets
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword ash gourd halwa, budh kumbalakayi halwa, dum root halwa, kashi halwa
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Author Jayashree


  • 2 cup ash gourd grated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • 6 almonds
  • 6 cashew
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder


  1. Remove the skin and pith of the ash gourd. Grate it

  2. Take a thick bottom pan, add a teaspoon of ghee and roast the cashew and almond separately. Add the grated pumpkin and saute it until the raw smell goes and the water is condensed. 

  3. Put the sugar and ghee to it, mix and cook it on a low flame for fifteen to twenty minutes until it is done. 

  4. Add cardamom powder and remove from flame. Serve after sometime. 

Recipe Notes

  • Use fresh and good quality (firm) pumpkin.
  • Removing the skin is not easy, do it cautiously.
  • Adjust sugar accordingly, this isn't too sweet.
  • You can use raisins, I usually avoid it. 
ash gourd halwa /dum root halwa

ash gourd halwa /dum root halwa

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  1. Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth

    The halwa looks so delicious… I have an ash gourd at home and now really tempted to try this simple halwa…

  2. Renu Agrawal Dongre

    The halwa looks so yummy and tempting…. awesome

  3. Priya Suresh

    Omg, how glossy that halwa looks, ages i had this halwa, lipsmacking here.. Very tempting sweet dish.

  4. Batter Up With Sujata

    Halwa looks so tempting glossy and beautifull. The pictures tempted me to try it soon. Loved it. Awesome share.

  5. Shobha Keshwani

    Not tasted this for ages.. My grandma used to make it. Brings back old memories.

  6. Priya Satheesh

    Halwa looks super delicious and tempting.. Feel like having a bowl of this with ice-cream 🙂

  7. Soma Mukherjee

    Never tried this halwa. Your recipe sounds interesting and the pics are tempting me to try it soon, thanks for sharing.

  8. Vidya Narayan

    Ash Gourd as an ingredient is one of my favourites. We use it a lot in both savoury and sweet dishes in south indian cuisine. This looks lovely and apt for the theme. Great post!

  9. Jolly

    This halwa looks really delicious and lovely share.

  10. Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    Super cool, love the glassy texture it has acquired. That is a sure lot of patience there jayashree

  11. Jagruti

    I have never cooked anything with the ash gourd, this halwa taste similar to lauki ka halwa? tempting

  12. Maria

    I love all fruit and vegetables based halwas. This one is right up my alley, Jaya. And so timely posted too for Ramadan. 😊

  13. Dhwani

    The halwa looks divine!! Never teied this halwa before. Thanks for sharing.

  14. cookingwithsapana

    I love ash gourd mithai we get in North India called pethe ki mithai. This halwa sounds as sinful as the mithai.

  15. Aruna

    A traditional favourite!

  16. Amrita

    As delicious as it can get!Ash Gourd Halwa and its so wow!I would love to have this with some Vanilla Ice Cream!Slurrp!

    • jayashree

      Thankyou Amrita, that sounds yumm

  17. Lathiya

    I love this Halwa…in Tamil Nadu it’s called Kasi Halwa and usually made during marriage… looks delicious

    • jayashree

      Yes, you are right. Thankyou

  18. mayurisjikoni

    Jayashree we had this on the menu for my daughter’s wedding and I loved it. It was the first time I tasted kashi. Your clicks are awesome.

  19. Jyoti Babel

    That ashgourd halwa looks amazing! I have never cooked anything with ashgourd. This recipe is a good one to start with

  20. Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    Halwa looks so yummy ! Love the use of ashgourd here 🙂 Lovely share jayashree



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