It’s that spooky time again – my favourite holiday! Here’s a special post by flexitarian cookbook author and long-time contributor to Live Lighter, Bindu Grandhi. The images of jack-o-lanterns are from a pumpkin carving get-together between myself, a couple of family members and friends.
A Halloween Poem by Bindu Grandhi
Bedecked on the stoop
Gazing at a goblin troop,
Kids with excited smiles
Surely up to some wiles.
Hearing their cheer
“Trick or Treat, give me
Something good to eat!”
Grabbing fistfuls of candy
Just can’t be beat.
Glowing through the night
Seeing much fun and fright.
Yet all good things must
Come to an end.Ghouls, ghosts and goblins
Are heading home to be with kin.
Looking orange and somber
Can’t believe Halloween is over.
Tis another year before
Pumpkin Halva Pudding
Pumpkin is cooked in milk until it is tender and then reduced to the consistency of pudding. This tastes great hot, warm or cold. Serve alone, or with vanilla yogurt or ice cream.
Pumpkin Halva PuddingPrint This
- 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter or ghee
- 8 cashews, chopped
- 2 Tbsp. golden raisins
- 1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
- 1 15 oz. can of pumpkin*
- 1 cup low fat milk
- ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 Tbsp. All-Purpose flour or cake flour
- In a large nonstick saucepan, heat the butter until melted. Add cashews, raisins and cardamom, and roast until the cashews are golden and the raisins plump. Add the pumpkin and sauté over medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the milk and condensed milk. Cook uncovered on medium-low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the halva from burning or sticking to the pan. Add the flour, reduce heat to a simmer for 5 minutes until the milk is absorbed and the mixture has the consistency of pudding.
You can also use 4 cups of grated fresh pumpkin when in season.
About the Author
Author of Spice Up Your Life, Bindu Grandhi is passionate about healthy and flavourful cooking, especially when it’s flexitarian. She shares her health knowledge with the world by providing practical, healthy and tasty recipes as The Flex Cook.
Let’s give Bindu (and her son who helped her) a big shout-out for sending in this very festive and creative blog post! And please let us know how you like the pumpkin pudding recipe. If you have any Halloween-inspired recipes to share, please do so!