Papaya halwa recipe

Updated: August 4, 2022, By Swasthi

Papaya halwa is a delicious Indian dessert made with ripe or raw papaya, sugar, ghee, nuts and raisins. It has a very mild, slightly tangy and light taste. So it is best to serve as a after meal delight.  This halwa can be prepared with raw, semi ripe or fully ripe papaya. But the taste of the halwa made with raw papaya is very different from the one made with ripe papaya.

papaya halwa

In India we make halwa with a lot of things like vegetables, fruits, flour and even with nuts. Carrot halwa, atta halwa, suji halwa, moong dal halwa and badam halwa are some of the most popular varieties. Papaya halwa is not so common but you will get to see this made in many South Indian homes, especially those growing papaya in their backyard.

My mom would make this on occasions with both ripe and raw papaya. During my trip to India I got to shoot these pictures while my mom made it for us. This papaya was from our backyard in India which was a huge one almost weighing 1. 5 kgs. It is a sweeter variety and I left it to ripe fully for a day. So I did not have to use much sugar.

Halwa made with raw papaya infact needs lot more sugar. So this time we thought of using the ripe one as it requires lesser sweetener. This is a low calorie dessert and can also be made without ghee. But ghee is the key ingredient in any halwa so use it unless you are on a low fat diet.

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To make this papaya halwa, papaya can be grated or puréed . If you have a food processor, grating becomes easier otherwise chopping and then pureeing the papaya is suggested.

Using milk or milk products for this halwa may not be a good option as papaya may not be compatible with milk. If you want to make it a heavier dessert, you can add more nut meal while cooking the halwa.

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How to make papaya halwa

1. Rinse papaya well and grate it either in a food processer or using a hand grater. I got about 5 cups of papaya gratings. If you have lesser gratings then reduce all the ingredients in the recipe proportionately.

grated papaya in food processer

2. Heat 2 tablespoons ghee and fry nuts until golden. Remove them to a plate and add raisins if using. Fry until they turn plump. Remove them as well.

frying nuts in ghee to make papaya halwa

3. Add grated papaya & saute until it begins to release juices. If you are using raw papaya, saute for 2 to 3 minutes and then cook covered on a low heat until tender and soft.

frying papaya in ghee

4. Skip this step if using raw papaya. You can use 2 to 3 tablespoons desiccated coconut, or 2 tsps rice flour or 2 tablespoons almond meal. Add it in batches so the dry ingredients don’t turn lumpy. Mix and continue to cook.

add flour to make papaya halwa

5. When the papaya turns tender, add cardamom powder and sugar. I added about 4 tablespoons.

adding sugar to make papaya halwa

6. Continue to cook until the papaya halwa becomes thick. Taste test and add more sugar if required. You may add 1 tablespoon more ghee at this stage.

papaya halwa simmering in pot

Papaya halwa is best served at warm or room temperature or cold. Let it cool down and garnish with nuts and raisins.

papaya halwa

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papaya halwa recipe

Papaya halwa (papaya dessert)

4.89 from 17 votes
A delicious papaya dessert made with ripe papaya, cardamoms, sugar and ghee. Serve it warm or chilled topped with nuts & raisins.
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Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 5 cups papaya grated (ripe or raw)
  • 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut or almond flour or 2 tsps rice flour
  • ¼ cup sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 4 to 6 green cardamom powdered or ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • ¼ cup cashews or almonds, chopped
  • 2 tbsps mixed dry fruits chopped raisins, figs, apricots. (optional)
  • 2 to 3 tbsps ghee or unsalted butter


  • Wash papaya and peel the skin.
  • Grate it in a food processor or using a hand grater.
  • Heat a pan with ghee. Add chopped almonds or cashews and fry till they turn slightly golden. Transfer to a plate. Add raisins if using, fry until they swell up. Remove them to a plate.
  • Add grated papaya and begin to cook. It begins to release juices.
  • Sprinkle desiccated coconut or flour, ½ tsp at one time and mix well to prevent lumps. Repeat till the entire flour is used up. Cook till the juices almost evaporate. Flour is used to absorb the juices, else the cooking time will be more.
  • Add sugar, cardamom powder and mix well. I powdered cardamom along with little sugar. Check the sweetness. If needed add more.
  • Cook stirring occasionally till the sugar blends well with the papaya.
  • Turn off the stove when the papaya halwa turns thick. Garnish with nuts & raisins.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Papaya halwa (papaya dessert)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 186 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 12mg1%
Potassium 313mg9%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1108IU22%
Vitamin C 72mg87%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Looks drooling!!! Just want to know how much papaya pureedo we need for the above recipe?

Very nice

Swasthi, during this lockdown and my cook unable to make it, I have had to cook stuff.. I have no natural talent for cooking and have to rely on the videos for recipes. I must compliment you on the amazing recipes and the descriptive way you put it across. I now only watch your recipes now and my friends and others have complimented me on my cooking, all thanks to you. you’re awesome!

4 stars
Gud step by step guide. The halwa tasted amazing.

can i refrigerate this halwa??
for how many days this halwa can be stored??

4 stars
Lovely. Frankly, I am not much into cooking….I had a big ripe papaya and was wondering what to do with it. It was a complete hit with family and friends.

5 stars
Hi I just made the date syrup but it gave me like a only a tea spoon! I followed the recipe. What did I do wrong?

5 stars
Really yours recipes are superb b.cause i tried some recipes

5 stars
Great way of serving papaya, which is a really good source of vit c and lots of other nutrients. Thank you for the recipe Swasthi

Now, why did I not think of this before?? Papaya is easily available here in Kerala and cant wait to try this.