Soak saffron strands in a tsp of hot water and crush it slightly. Peel the cardamom pods and powder cardamom.
Peel the skin, discard the seeds and grate ash gourd (white pumpkin).
Squeeze out the water from the grated ash gourd using a soft cotton cloth. (I got 1 cup of squeezed out grated ash gourd). Discard the water or use it to make buttermilk.
Heat a tsp of ghee in a pan and fry cashew nuts until golden brown. Remove from pan.
In the same pan, add 2 more tsp of ghee and saute the grated ash gourd and cook on low heat stirring continuously until it changes color to pale yellow and the vegetable becomes tender.
Once the vegetable is well cooked (you can also check by tasting it), add saffron, sugar and lemon juice.
Once sugar is added, the mixture will become watery. Cook for a few minutes on low heat.
Then add the rest of the ghee and continue to cook until the halwa thickens and starts to leaves the sides of the pan.
Add cardamom powder, cashew nuts and mix well.
Kasi halwa is ready. Enjoy making this easy halwa for Diwali.
Note – You may add more sugar than mentioned if your prefer it too sweet.
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With this halwa ends my Diwali marathon. I wish you all A Very Happy Diwali. Have a wonderful time with your family and friends.