Sweet Potato Halwa with Jaggery | Sakkaravalli Kilangu Halwa | Quick, Easy & Tasty Halwa recipe

Sweet Potato - the honourable root vegetable holding the sweet flesh along with a pretty good amount of vitamins, minerals, fibre and anti-oxidants. Sweet potatoes come in various colours and shapes. No matter what size and colour they would be, they taste superb with the natural sweetness and can be added easily to our food diet.

Personally, Sweet Potatoes are my favourite which I buy and stock in my pantry whenever available. I just play around with them to come up with the new recipes or I simply boil them which would be one of the quick & lovable sweet snacks to enjoy.

Wanna know the story behind this Sweet Potato Halwa? When we have guests yet to arrive and the only vegetable in my pantry is these beautiful sweet potatoes, I decided to do some quick dessert with them. Though Halwa is a time taking recipe, I wanna give a try with the Sweet Potatoes. Thank goodness! As I expected, it was so quick and yum, loved by the guests. No one was able to find that the dish is made out of Sweet Potatoes. It was totally worth the try!

Should I have to add Milk?

I have added boiled cow's milk to the halwa which makes it super yum.

Though I haven't tried the recipe with coconut milk yet, I think, coconut milk should pair well with the Sweet Potatoes.

The other option is that you can completely skip the milk and proceed with the halwa making process which yields grainy yet tasty halwa.

Jaggery Ratio?

It depends solely on the sweetness of the Sweet Potato. Mine was very sweet and hence I have added only 1/2 cup of jaggery powder for 2 cups of grated Sweet Potato.

If the sweet potatoes are not so sweet, increase the Jaggery quantity up to 1 cup which should be enough to get a perfect Halwa.

Sweet Potato Halwa with Jaggery is the winning pair which makes it healthy as well. The cooking time is very less compared to other halwa varieties which keep it sit in the quick dessert list. It was fully done within 15 minutes, excluding the boiling time of the sweet potatoes.

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⏲ Preparation Time: 20 to 25 minutes (includes boiling time of the Sweet Potatoes)
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 to 40 minutes
🍴 Servings: 5 to 6

Sweet Potato Halwa with Jaggery

A quick and delicious dessert prepared with Sweet Potatoes, milk and Jaggery topped with the crunchy nuts.

What to Use? [1 cup = 150 ml]
To Boil Sweet Potatoes:
  • Sweet Potatoes - 5 (medium)
  • Water
To Make Sweet Potato Halwa:
  • Boiled & Grated Sweet Potatoes - 2 cups 
  • Boiled milk - 1 cup
  • Jaggery powder - 1/2 cup 
  • Ghee - 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Saffron Strands - a few (optional)
  • Cashews, Almonds - 2 tbsp (chopped)
Steps Involved:
  • Pressure cook the sweet potatoes for 2 whistles.
  • Peel-off and grate the boiled sweet potatoes.
  • Add a tablespoon of ghee and roast some chopped nuts.
  • Add the grated sweet potatoes to the pan and stir fry for a minute.
  • Add in the boiled milk and mix well.
  • Add the Jaggery powder and mix.
  • Add in the ghee, a tablespoon at a time and keep stirring.
  • Once the Halwa starts to leave the pan, flavour with cardamom powder and saffron strands.
  • Serve the Sweet Potato Halwa hot and enjoy the taste!

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For comforting the easy understandability of the recipe, the step by step detailed procedure, along with the picture is shown below:

Step-by-Step Procedure with Pictures

How to Make? 

  • Wash and take sweet potatoes in a pressure cooker. Discard the corners and cut into half before adding. I take 5 medium-sized sweet potatoes.
  • Add enough water to the sweet potatoes.
  • Pressure cook the sweet potatoes for 2 whistles. You can also microwave the sweet potatoes.
  • Peel-off the skins once the pressure settles down.  
  • Grate the boiled sweet potatoes or you can mash them as well. This makes about 2 cups.
  • Add in a tablespoon of ghee to a pan.
  • Add the chopped cashews and almonds to the ghee and roast them.
  • Add in the grated sweet potatoes to the pan and fry for a minute.
  • Pour a cup of boiled milk to the pan and mix well to combine.
  • Add the Jaggery powder to the pan and mix. Adjust sweetness based on the sweetness of the sweet potatoes.
  • Start adding the ghee, a tablespoon at a time. 
  • Keep stirring as the ghee is gradually added.
  • In a few minutes, the Halwa would start to leave the pan.
  • Flavour with crushed cardamom pods or cardamom powder.
  • Sprinkle a few saffron strands (if you want).
  • Mix and serve the Sweet Potato Halwa hot.


  • If the sweet potatoes are very sweet, the Jaggery used would be very less. 
  • Use a non-stick pan which works well for the recipe.
  • Gradually add the ghee and keep stirring until the halwa starts to leave the pan.
  • Milk can be added or skipped. Adding milk makes the Halwa super yummy.

Delicious Dessert!


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