Simple Sweet Pumpkin Halwa and Even Simpler Sweet Pongal for the New Year - Two sensational dishes that always pleases

Simple Sweet Pumkin Halwa and Even Simpler Sweet Pongal for the New Year.

Well, the advantage of working with people from different states is that you learn their culture which also includes their food and festivals.

Recently, We Indians celebrated our own New Year in the name of Gudi Padwa, Baisakhi , Ugadi , Vishu, Pana Sankrati , Pôhela Boishakh , Tamil Puthandu etc etc. Every state celebrates new year in their own unique style which falls on a date different from January 1. Oh, we celebrate that too btw... While I try to follow as much as possible when it comes to food, this year has been difficult for me to keep up with the pace.

Nevertheless, I managed to make sweet pongal and Pumpkin Halwa just at the nick of time. It was simple and quick and hassle-free which was best the choice in the sweltering heat.

What You Need for the Pumkin Halwa

2 cups Rawa or Idli Rawa.
2 cups grated Pumpkin
1 cup grated fresh coconut
1 tsp pepper powder and cardamom powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup powdered jaggery

Steps To Make:

Mix Everything together.
Make smalls balls.
Steam in turmeric leaves or banana leaves
Our Sweet Pumpkin Kadubu is ready.
If pumpkin and grated coconut are fresh, you will not need extra water. Else, sprinkle few drops of water and then steam for 20 minutes.
While serving, crumble the balls and serve with some chopped dry fruits.

What You Need for the Sweet Pongal :

1/2 cup rice
1 cup powdered jaggery
Some crushed cardamom
1 cup milk
½ cup water
1 tbsp. ghee
Handful of cashew nuts
Handful of raisins

Steps To Make:

Cook rice separately and keep aside

Boil jaggery in water. When you have jaggery mixed nicely, add it to rice and cook rice in jaggery for 3 to 4 minutes on low flame. Add milk to it little by little mixing everything well with the help of a spoon. Switch off the flame.

Next add some crushed cardamom and mix well. You can also add nutmeg powder. However, its optional.

Finally heat some ghee separately. First fry the cashews and then the raisins and then add everything to the rice mixture. Cook for  rice again for 3 to 4 minutes on low flame.

Sweet Pongal is ready.