Pumpkin Halwa is a traditional Indian dessert that is essentially mashed pumpkin spiced with saffron and sugar. This recipe takes this tasty pumpkin dessert and nestles it into a tiny puff pastry. These little tartlets are perfect party treats.

Pumpkin Halwa Puff Pastry Tarts [Vegan]






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  • 2 1/2 cups white pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • A pinch of saffron (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 8 cashews, chopped
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry


To Make the Halwa:

  1. Grate the pumpkin (medium-fine) and squeeze all the juice out. Set aside both pumpkin and juice.
  2. Warm the oil and fry the cashews until golden brown. Set aside.
  3. In a medium pan, boil the pumpkin juice until it reduces to half. Once it's reduced, add the pumpkin, saffron, and sugar.
  4. Keep stirring until all the liquid dries out. Pour in the cashew and oil and remove from heat. Let it cool completely.

To Assemble the Pastry:

  1. Thaw out the pastry sheet according to package instructions.
  2. Cut into 9 squares after dusting lightly with flour. Fold into a triangle, cut a "V" shape then open it out. Fold down the top cut, and fold up the bottom cut.
  3. Fill the center with a tablespoon of the filling, piling it high.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven at 400°F for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Let cool on a wire rack completely and serve.

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Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories: 211 | Carbs: 26 g | Fat: 11 g | Protein: 3 g | Sodium: 145 mg | Sugar: 12 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.