Pumpkin Recipe

Like many traditional Emirati desserts, this Pumpkin Recipe: for a pumpkin porridge (in Arabic it’s a halvah, or sweet food) straddles the line between sweet and savory. The dish thickens as it cools, so be sure to serve it while it’s still quite warm.



2 lb. peeled and seeded kabocha or acorn squash, cubed      Halvah Pumpkin Recipe
3½ cups milk
¾ cup sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup

almond flour
10 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tsp. rose water
½ tsp. ground cardamom
½ tsp. kosher salt
2 cups powdered milk
1 cup almonds, roughly chopped
½ cup raisins
½ cup golden raisins
2 tbsp. ghee or clarified butter





1. Working in 2 batches, place squash and milk in a blender and puree until smooth; transfer to a 6-qt. Dutch oven over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring often, for 15 minutes; reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring often, until reduced and thickened to the consistency of loose peanut butter, about 1 hour. Add both sugars, almond flour, butter, rose water, cardamom, and salt, and cook, stirring often, until smooth, about 5 minutes more.

2. Remove pot from heat and stir in powdered milk; using a handheld blender or a food processor, puree  Pumpkin Recipe mixture until no lumps remain. Stir in ¾ cup chopped almonds and 6 tbsp. each raisins and golden raisins. Transfer halvah to a serving platter or bowl and sprinkle remaining almonds and raisins over top; drizzle with ghee and serve this pumpkin recipe  immediately.

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