Pineapple Halwa

The festive season is here with Navrathri just getting over and Diwali being awaited.  No Indian festival is complete without sweets / mithai. Infact they are one of the most important aspects of any festival celebration.  Sweets or mithai are not desserts but just sweet preparations that are made during festivals or any other occasions like weddings, birthdays, birth of  a new baby in the family, baby showers, engagement ceremonies etc. Sweets are exchanged between families, friends, neighbours during festivals or are taken as hostess’s gifts while visiting friends and families. Now, you get an idea what the slight different between these mithais and any other desserts is.

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This halwa recipe is a Tarla Dalal recipe and I was intrigued by the simplicity of this. that I decided to give it a try. The ingredients used here are from the original recipe but I did not stick to the quantities or the method. That is what makes this recipe even more simple. Just add all the ingredients in the amount you think will make it work for you and it just comes together.  Afterall, it is pineapple, sugar, ghee and mawa / khoya / milk solids, that the combination cannot be anything but good!

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Pineapple Halwa – The Recipe

Adapted from Tarla Dalal’s recipe

  • 1 cup grated pineapple ( from one can of sliced pineapple)
  • 1/4 cup grated khoya
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • a few strands of saffron dissolved in a tbsp of warm milk

Grate or simply crush pineapple slices with your fingers and keep aside. Heat a non-stick kadhai or pan, add the ghee, grated pineapple and sugar and saute for a 8-10 mins.

Now add the grated khoya and the milk and mix well. Keep stirring till the mix becomes thick and all the liquid has evaporated. This may splutter a little so be careful while stirring and use a long handled ladle, if you have one.

Add the saffron to the mix and switch off the heat.

Share and enjoy whatever it is you plan to celebrate! :)

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sharmilee October 16, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Yummy halwa…looks so flavourful

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2 Manju October 24, 2011 at 10:05 am

Thanks Sharmilee!

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3 a spoonful of yumm October 17, 2011 at 1:05 am

love it ! yet to try pineapple halwa…read about it so many times. happy diwali in advance manju :D

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4 Manju October 24, 2011 at 10:07 am

Thanks! Happy Diwali to you too! :)

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5 nisha October 17, 2011 at 2:48 am

wow really?? pineapple halwa? that would have tasted amazing..n loving the yellow colour as well

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6 Manju October 24, 2011 at 10:07 am

It did, Nisha! you should try making it!

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7 Arch October 17, 2011 at 4:11 am

Interesting recipe !! Am terrified of combining pineapple with milk, it always splits and lands up in the bin…Your last picture isnt showing up, you might want to check it out…

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8 Manju October 24, 2011 at 10:08 am

mmm..actually, even if the milk curdles, it will become khoya and with the sugar and everything it will only taste good, if you cook it well enough! :)

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9 Arch October 17, 2011 at 4:15 am

Ok sorry, it is showing up now, must have been a problem with my browser !

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10 Gagan October 17, 2011 at 5:27 am

I’d never heard of pineapple halwa before! am very intrigued!

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11 Manju October 24, 2011 at 10:09 am

:) I had never heard of it till I made it ! :)

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12 kankana October 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Never made Pineapple halwa but would love to try it. Arvind loves this fruit a lot.

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13 Harini-Jaya October 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Wow! looks so colorful and interesting! I was also afraid of pineapple and milk combo. But even if the milk curdles, it tastes like paneer and results in just as good, right?? I felt so when I had that experience.

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14 Eva @ kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com October 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I am always amazed at how many of the ingredients you list I’ve never heard of. Very interesting recipe.

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15 Poornima October 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Heyy…never had this one before, looks awesome.

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16 Lisa H. October 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I love Diwali… and missed visiting friends and most of all missed gorging down the gorgeous Diwali goodies… ;P
I am looking forward to read more in your blog :D

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17 Jay October 20, 2011 at 2:54 am

looks irresistable n hearty halwa…gorgeous cliks manju..
happy following u..:)
love to see you in my space too..
Tasty Appetite

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18 Sarah Naveen October 20, 2011 at 7:16 am

I had no idea whether there was any difference btwn those two ..
Loved the way you have presented it :) ..
I am bookmarking this recipe :) ..

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19 Sukanya October 20, 2011 at 7:24 am

wow..pineapple halwa..never tried it, but this is a very versatile fruit. the halwa with all the mawa and nuts oozing deliciousness !!! nice click

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20 Reeni October 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm

I have never seen a pineapple halwa before! Very unique and delicious!

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21 priya mahadevan October 21, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I have been cooking with fruits a lot recently – would be a nice addition to my repertoire :) thanks for sharing this recipe dear – looks yummy!

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