Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sweet Potato Halwa | Sakkaravalli Kizhangu Halwa | Deepavali Sweet

Sweet Potato Halwa, a quick to make halwa from the sweet potato. If you' ve been following my blog regularly, you might know that for this week I'm posting colorful dishes with the naturally available ingredients without using any food color. 

Though I have been buying sweet potatoes regularly, I never thought of making halwa, mostly made stir fry or just steam and have it for evening time, but when I signed up for this theme, I wanted to make something sweet with sweet potato since it's deepavali time !!!

So I had started searching for the dessert recipe with sweet potato, that's when I came across this halwa recipe from manjula's kitchen, the recipe was so easy and sounds so delicious too.

In the next couple of days, i had prepared this and as expected the taste and texture was amazing, unless you have told, no one can find that this halwa is made from sweet potato. ST also didn't find out and kept on asking me what halwa it is till he finishes off his share of halwa :-)
Unlike other halwa recipes, it doesn't need a lot of sugar and ghee, still it's lip smacking delicious. Adding milk gives such a rich flavor to this halwa.It's so simple to make, even beginners can try without any difficulties. 

But one thing you have to make sure that the mashed sweet potatoes are sauteed well in the ghee before adding any other ingredients to avoid that raw potato flavor in the final halwa. Now let's check out how to make this delicious halwa.  

About the Sweet Potato

Sweet Potatoes available here in North America are usually in bright orange color, so I haven't used any color in my halwa. But in India, the sweet potatoes are mostly in pale yellow or mild orange color, if you're using that variety and want bright color halwa, feel free to add a few drops or pinch of orange food color.

About the sugar quantity
In the ingredient list, I have mentioned the sugar quantity as 1/3 to 1/2 cup because depending on the sweetness of the potato, the amount of sugar varies ! So if your sweet potato has enough sweet, I would recommend starting off with 1/3 cup of sugar and increase if needed after giving a quick taste test !


Sweet Potato Halwa

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 25 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Halwa | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Sweet Potato Halwa,Sakkaravalli Kizhangu Halwa,Indian Halwa Recipe,Diwali sweet,Deepavali Sweet Sweet Potato Halwa, a delicious and easy to make halwa with sweet potato,milk,sugar and ghee.
Sweet Potato(mashed) - 1 cup
Milk - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1/3 to  1/2 cup
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Cardamom - 2 
Cashews - 6

First pressure cook the sweet potato and keep it ready, remove the skin and mashed them well.
I had approximately 1 cup mashed sweet potato. Heat the pan with 1 & 1/2 tbsp of ghee, add the cashews.
Roast them till it becomes slightly golden brown, then remove it on the plate. In the same ghee, add the mashed sweet potato.
Saute them in the ghee until it becomes non sticky and move along with the laddle.
Then add the milk in to the mashed potato.
Mix it well and cook again until it becomes a thick mass. After adding milk, the mixture tends to splatter a little, so be careful while stirring. 
Next add the sugar and mix it well. At this stage, the mixture becomes little watery, but that's completely normal. Then add the crushed cardamom into the halwa.
Add the remaining 1/2 tbsp of ghee into the halwa now and stir it continuously till the halwa becomes glossy, non-sticky and move along with the laddle.
Finally add the roasted cashews into the halwa and switch off the flame. Halwa is ready to serve.
Tasty and vibrant looking Sweet Potato Halwa is ready.

Related : How to make Lauki Halwa / Bottle gourd Halwa

  • Depends on the sweetness of the potato, you may need up to 1/2 cup of sugar. My potatoes are already sweet, so i have used 1/3 cup of sugar only.
  • Saute the mashed potato in the ghee till it becomes non sticky. That gives the wonderful aroma to the halwa, otherwise you get the strong smell of the potato.
  • Milk gives nice richness to the halwa, if you want more richness, you can add 1/4 cup of khoya too.
  • Cook the entire time in medium flame.


  1. Totally irresistible, sweet potato halwa looks absolutely delicious and very pleasant to eyes.

  2. Fantastic halwa with sweet potato. Amazing texture.

  3. Before blogging I didn't know how to use sweet potato in sweets and bakes. But now I just love it. This halwa looks fantastic. Love the texture of it.

  4. I am going to try this right away! We all love sweet potato in our house and I happen to have some right now. Looks so delicious!

  5. I got to try this as well. We love sweet potato and can't wait to try this halwa.

  6. gorgeous color and texture - I have to try this!

  7. That's amazing halwa recipe. I love sweet potato halwa. My father used to make it and it taste just out of the world. Love it the way it is looking.