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Green Peas Halva

Yesterday was one of those days when I wanted to try something new. I wanted it to be a totally new sweet. So I thought of making halva out of some unexpected vegetable. I checked my fridge/freezer and saw I had 2 packs of frozen green peas which needed to be used soon. So I thought of making halva with them. The final result was very good. V could not stop eating it, so in my opinion, it was a success.

After I finished making this, I wanted to see if someone else had made this before. I googled and found this and this. So, I was not totally crazy to try something like this afterall :).

4 cups green peas (frozen or fresh)
2 and 1/2 cups sugar
2 tbl spn cashew pieces
1/4 tea spn cardamom powder
2 tbl spn ghee
1/2 cup whole milk

Microwave green peas with 1/2 cup water for 5 mins (or cook on stove top for 5-6mins). Grind to a smooth paste.
Heat the paste in a thick bottomed pan. Keep stirring for about 10mins. Then add sugar, cashews. Cook it for about 15-20mins, taking care not to burn it. Keep stirring often.
Add ghee, milk and stir it. Cook till the mixture looks quite dry. Add cardamom powder, mix well. Serve.

PS: – This sticks to bottom of the pan very quickly. So keep stirring it.
– The sweetness largely depends on the sweetness of the peas. I used the green peas from Indian store (not the sweet green peas from American stores). Start with 1 cup sugar, taste it and if required, gradually increase the sugar.
– I used a big pan to give me enough room for stirring.


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{ 25 comments… add one }

  • sk November 7, 2010, 1:15 am

    My hubby loves green peas. I am definetly gonna give this a try and surprise him. Never heard of green peas halva before… but since you have posted it I am sure it will be good :)

  • Aparna Mallya November 7, 2010, 2:51 am

    Wow, Shilpa, you sure think out of the box!

  • pelicano November 7, 2010, 5:50 am

    That is so pretty, Shilpa! I want to try it now. :-)

  • Archana November 7, 2010, 6:02 am

    Lovely!! You have gone ahead of Chef Sanjeev Kapoor he has in one of his posts made Peas Kheer!!

  • Dr.Sameena November 7, 2010, 8:31 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    That’s an awesome looking halwa…havent tried with green peas…Looks great…:)



  • Apu November 7, 2010, 10:27 am

    Halwa looks yummy!!

  • kanthi November 7, 2010, 11:10 am

    Never thought of this recipe,innovative and super dish..

  • Manasi November 7, 2010, 11:25 am

    What a wonderful way of making peas likeable!
    Hope u all had a wonderful Diwali!

  • Priya November 7, 2010, 12:01 pm

    Green halwa looks absolutely divine..

  • Shivani November 7, 2010, 5:59 pm

    Peas halwa, sounds bit different but will give a try once to taste it. Good on you for trying out of the way recipe.

  • evolvingtastes November 7, 2010, 7:25 pm

    I have eaten ‘matar vadya’, which would be a step further from the halwa, where the halwa is cooked even more, patted out on a sheet and cut into pieces. So, oh gosh, you are not crazy at all! I remember the vadis tasted great, so I am sure your halwa did too.

  • sk November 7, 2010, 10:56 pm

    Well tried it today for diwali. Came out good I must say. But it’s extremely sweet for us .. I would reduce sugar by a cup!
    I had a difficult time while making this as the mixture kept splashing out and it burned badly everytime a bit fell on my hand while stirring.I had decided I wont make this again because of all the splashing, but it tastes good, so might try it again sometime but with lot less sugar of course. Very different recipe. I will try your apple halva next!

    • Shilpa November 8, 2010, 8:30 am

      Did you use the sweet green peas available at American grocery stores? I used the normal ones from Indian store.

  • Aruna November 8, 2010, 1:59 am

    Wow, want to try this.

  • Gauri Gharpure November 9, 2010, 4:42 am

    never heard of this!!! can try making a very small amt and see if we like it.. the photo looks lovely indeed!

  • Shyla November 10, 2010, 1:30 am

    Tried your Green Peas Halva…it was so yummy…. instead of whole milk and sugar i tried with condensed milk…..

  • simply.food November 10, 2010, 3:14 am

    Very innovative, I would never have imagined apeas halwa, the colour is so vibrant and spectacular.

  • Aarti November 17, 2010, 2:19 pm

    thx for this receipe infact at my home they thought it was pista halwa…

  • Pinky November 26, 2010, 10:59 am

    Hi there,

    Tried this one today.. Tastes good:) Thanks for sharing and step-by-step guidance:)

  • kameswari December 11, 2010, 3:51 am

    Halwa looks yummy!!

  • kameswari December 11, 2010, 5:13 am

    halwa looks yummy!!

  • pinki December 12, 2010, 9:21 am

    hi..thnks for ur recp…came out good…its very simple too…thnks

  • Harshita November 28, 2011, 11:10 am

    hey shilpa
    just letting you know that this site has copied your recipe of green peas halva..

  • MT July 8, 2012, 12:03 pm

    I have eaten green peas halwa all my childhood as my mom made it. You may have discovered it on your own. Your halwa does look good. But you need to roast it a little more I think as it has to be deep green and it is very tasty as you say. You did inspire me to make it and ask my mom for her recipe.

  • Ammeshwari October 5, 2012, 5:38 am

    Very tasty this halwa and its good for health too!!!

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