Pumpkin halwa- the microwave version

An east-west fusion Thanksgiving dessert for lazy souls.

Take 1/4 cup pumpkin butter. You can also use pumpkin pie mix or pureed pumpkin and add spices and sugar to that. Nuke together with 1 cup water and 1/2 cup milk.  In a small skillet, heat 1 tbsp of butter and add 1/4 cup semolina/cream of wheat. Stir it around on low heat until the semolina is toasted. (Alternatively, you can do this in the microwave on full power for two minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or so.) Now add the semolina to the pumpkin mix, throw in a spoonful of chopped nuts and a cardamom or two, nuke for another two minutes and voila!  You have an easier-than-pie warm dessert for winter nights.

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9 Responses to Pumpkin halwa- the microwave version

  1. Emjay says:

    Wow! That sounds easy and delicious!! After I have used up all my green tomatoes I might try this…. nice photo too! πŸ™‚

  2. Oh, it looks so pretty! I'll bet it smells good, too.

  3. bee says:

    pardon my ignorance. what is pumpkin butter? i mean where can i buy it?

  4. Purplesque says:

    I'm sure there is a green tomato pudding recipe out there somewhere. πŸ™‚

  5. Purplesque says:

    It smells like pumpkin and spice..holiday smells.

  6. Purplesque says:

    Pumpkin butter seems to be pumpkin puree reduced with sugar and spices. I bought mine at Trader Joe's, to eat with toast. The left-over went into this pudding. You can do the same thing with crushed pineapple, too.

  7. I'm still so stuffed but your pudding looks gorgeous! I'll make it. Thanks for such an easy-to-make recipe!

  8. Purplesque says:

    Halwa/grain pudding is a quite popular North Indian breakfast, or used to be. Whole wheat flour is toasted in equal parts of clarified butter, and water, sugar and nuts are added. DeLicious. Real halwa has equal parts of grain/fat. Haven't had that in eons. πŸ˜€

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