Papaya Figs and Dates – Halwa

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Papaya Halwa is one of the delicious sweets and is very easy to make. It requires very less ingredients. All you need is a sweet fully ripened papaya.

The papaya add a wonderful freshness and zing. And the spices. Oh, the spices! The green cardamom is like a soft blanket that lifts all the other flavours to a new awesomeness level.

Health benefits:

The possible health benefits of consuming papaya include a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, aiding in digestion, improving blood glucose control in diabetics, lowering blood pressure, and improving wound healing.

Yields-2-3 servings
Preparation time-10 minutes
Cooking time-20-25 minutes


  • Ripened papaya-1 medium
  • Corn starch/corn flour-1tbsp (dissolved in 2tbsp of water)
  • Dates paste-1/4cup ( I used about 15-18dates)
  • Finely chopped figs-4-6
  • Ground cardamom-1/2tsp

For garnishing:

  • Roasted nuts


Preparation step:

  • Peel off the skin, deseed and grate the papaya.
  • Soak the pitted dates in 1/4cup water, blend it to smooth paste and set aside.

For halwa:

  • Add grated papaya, dates paste, figs in the pan and cook on a low flame for about 15 minutes, stirring continuously until it is well cooked.

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  • Add the corn starch-water mixture and stir well and continue to cook until it attains the desired consistency.
  • Add cardamom powder stir well and cook for a minute or two.

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  • Turn off the flame and garnish with nuts.

Serve hot/cold.

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  • Corn starch is added to make the halwa thicker but if you can cook longer and attain the desired consistency Corn starch/flour can be skipped.
  • Sweetness can be adjusted as per the taste.

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on June 18, 2015, in Indian, Sweets and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.

  1. I love all of the ingredients in this halwa. I bet it would be a great accompaniment to a cheese or veggie tray for entertaining!

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  2. It’s good that you list the health benefits!

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  3. looks beautiful and yummy dear

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  4. Mr. Militant Negro

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.


  5. I should try this, Chitra…I love making sweets with fruits …This Halwa looks so rich and delicious….

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  6. Wow, this is so interesting. Sounds wonderful and super simple. Thanks Chitra. Oh, I love the design on this page.

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  7. This is so innovative, to make halwa out of papaya 🙂 Looks quite tasty 🙂

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  8. I’ve never seen this type of halva before – it sounds really tasty.

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  9. looks so delicious and mouthwatering.. and healthy too

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  10. Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.


  11. looks awesome 🙂

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  12. Looks so inviting:-) love it C


  13. When I eat in Indian restaurants I never have room for sweet, but if they offered one of yours, I think I would try to squeeze it in 🙂


  14. It’s delectable dearie Chitra I just love ur innovative recipe and healthy too thank for being inspiration & God bless you ❤


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