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Sweet Potato Halwa (sugar-free)

This creamy, caramelised sweet potato halwa is a healthy and delicious sweet treat. Serve it in a fancy way to level up your game.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 persons


  • 1/4 cup milk
  • a pinch of saffron
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee
  • 1/4 cup chopped mixed nuts of choice
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/8 tsp ground green cardamom seeds
  • some chopped pistachio (for garnish)


  • Warm up the milk and add the saffron. Mix and keep it aside.
  • Wash and dry the sweet potatoes. Peel off the skin and slice into thick pieces (about 1 cm thickness).
  • Set the oven to preheat at 180° Celcius.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper and arrange the sweet potato slices so that they won't overlap with each other. Brush lightly with ghee. Flip and brush on the other side as well. Use up about 1 Tbsp of ghee and reserve the remaining ghee for later.
  • Bake in the oven on the middle rack at 180° Celsius for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes of baking, transfer the sweet potatoes to a big bowl and mash them either using a fork or potato masher. Keep aside.
  • Put a non-stick pan on medium heat and add the remaining ghee. Add the chopped nuts of your choice and roast for about 2 minutes on medium low heat.
  • Add raisins and fry for about 2 more minutes on medium low heat.
  • Add the mashed sweet potatoes and ground cardamom. Mix well and cook for 5 minutes on low heat, stirring continuously.
  • Add the saffron infused milk. Mix and cook for another 5 minutes on low heat, stirring continuously.
  • When your halwa becomes glossy and does not stick to the surface anymore, it's done.
  • Serve it either in a big bowl or make it fancier by forming it into neat circles using a dessert ring and garnishing it with chopped pistachios and edible silver foil.


If you do not have an oven, arrange the pieces in a microwave safe plate. Brush them with ghee from both sides and microwave on high for 5-6 minutes, until it's fork tender. Microwave in batches so that the sweet potato pieces do not overlap with each other and cook evenly.
Keyword diabetic friendly, eid dessert, healthy dessert, sugar-free dessert