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12 June, 2014

Easy Mango, Cashew and Coconut Halwa or Fudge

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‘Halwa’ is a decadent Indian sweet, usually made by boiling grain or vegetable like carrot in milk with constant stirring. I generally avoid recipes that call for stirring for a long time on low heat. But there are times when you would like to produce a quick dessert for guests with what is available in the pantry. I have found that a combination of canned mango pulp, soaked cashews and coconut can make a quick and delicious,Β not-so-decadent halwa! The cashews and coconut give it substance and volume, not to mention excellent flavor.

It became such a hit when I made it the first time, that the kids are asking for ‘that mango sweet’ very often! Bringing this sweet treat to Fiesta Friday #20 hosted by Angie of The Novice Gardener. I’m eagerly waiting for everyone to take a virtual bite of this!


I also tend to use a non-stick teflon coated pan very rarely, only to make Indian sweets like this, but it does make life a lot easier. Half of the ghee (clarified butter) that is used can be recovered at the end of the cooking process.

Starting to heat the mixture:


At the end of 30 minutes, it leaves the sides of the pan: recover the ghee!


mango, cashew and coconut halwa

  • Servings: 12 pieces
  • Time: soak time + 35 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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mango pulp- 3/4 cup

fresh/frozen shredded coconut- 1/2 cup heaped

raw cashews- 1/2 cup

water- 1/4 cup

sugar- 1/6 cup

clarified butter/ghee- 2 tbsp.

cardamom powder- 1/2 tsp.

saffron strands- a few

pistachio pieces- a few for garnish


1. Soak cashews in hot water for 30 minutes-1 hour. Drain and rinse once.

2. Grind cashews with minimum amount of water (about 1/4 cup); add coconut and mango pulp, blend till smooth.

3. Transfer to a non-stick pan, add sugar, 1 tbsp. ghee and stir often on medium heat. Also add cardamom powder and saffron strands.

4. Β When the volume is reduced to half, add another tbsp. of ghee, stir till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan. At this time, the ghee can be taken out with a spoon. Use it to grease a square dish.

5. Β Transfer the mixture to the greased dish. Allow to cool completely (can be placed in the fridge) before cutting it into squares. Garnish with pistachio pieces.

6. Store in the fridge for up to a week.


If fresh mangoes are used, extra sugar will have to be added, depending on the sweetness of mangoes.


69 thoughts on : Easy Mango, Cashew and Coconut Halwa or Fudge

  • June 12, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    It looks very delicious Apsara πŸ™‚

    • June 12, 2014 at 11:58 pm

      thanks, Malar πŸ™‚

  • June 13, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Nice! I can understand why your kids would ask for it so much!

    • June 13, 2014 at 12:27 am

      Yes, so I had to make more; went and got another tin of mango!

  • June 13, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Nice. Combining two delicious ingredients- cashews n mango! Irresistible!

    • June 13, 2014 at 12:29 am

      thank you, Namrata. I’m glad it worked well. I’ve not tried too many traditional halwa recipes. πŸ™‚

  • June 13, 2014 at 1:22 am

    Hi Apsara! I love being introduced to new food, and this sounds wonderful!

  • June 13, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Wow, this is really creative, I didn’t even know this existed! *.*

  • June 13, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Great combination – mango and cashews! I am sure it would have tasted delicious πŸ™‚

    • June 13, 2014 at 8:23 am

      it did. thank you, Aiswarya!

  • June 13, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Happy fiesta friday! great combination! mango and cashews! delicious!

    • June 13, 2014 at 9:19 am

      thanks, Simi. Happy FF to you too!

  • June 13, 2014 at 5:19 am

    This halwa sounds great. I’m a big fan of carrot halwa but tend to avoid making it because of the stirring, not to mention the amounts of butter and sugar involved! I’ve got a mango going spare, so may have to try this recipe πŸ™‚

    • June 13, 2014 at 9:20 am

      yes, please do. It’s very simple. πŸ™‚

      • June 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm

        Made it earlier – it’s great! So simple and tasty. Very glad you shared your recipe! I will be making it again!

        • June 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm

          wow, already? That is super-fast! Thank you so much for the review! You’ve made my day. πŸ™‚

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  • June 13, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Oh, I’d love to try this! I love the flavors, and your presentation is beautiful with the flower. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    • June 13, 2014 at 10:42 am

      thank you, Kaila. πŸ™‚

  • June 13, 2014 at 10:44 am

    i’m a big mango fan, these look delicious, chewy and not to sweet, thanks for sharing:)

    • June 13, 2014 at 10:51 am

      thank you, Lily, glad you like it. Even I don’t like very sweet desserts. πŸ™‚

  • Kripa
    June 13, 2014 at 11:05 am

    wow! love the combo…will try it soon…did u get the mango pulp tin from Indian store or else where?

    • June 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      yes, Kripa. From the Indian store, I think Kesar mango pulp.

  • June 13, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I am loving all of the mango treats being brought to the party this week…this one is definitely a keeper! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. Happy Fiesta Friday! πŸ™‚

  • June 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Sounds delicious, Aspara, and a great “healthier” dessert choice. The color is gorgeous…which I’m assuming is from the mango and the few strands of saffron. Lovely offering for FF!

    • June 13, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      thank you, Nancy. Have a great weekend.


    • June 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      thank you, Chitra. πŸ™‚

  • June 13, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Wonderful, Apsara. I love halva (or halwa) but have never had any other flavor than plain. Yum!

    • June 13, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      I have had cashew sweet and coconut burfi; I did not know about their combination in halwa. Thanks, Vidya. πŸ™‚

    • June 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      thank you, Sonal!

  • June 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Happy Fiesta Friday #20, Aspara! I even love plain simple halwa, let alone the one with mango, cashew and coconut! Thank you for bringing this decadent treat to the party! πŸ˜›

    • June 13, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      thank you, Fae. Happy FF to you too and many thanks for hosting!

  • June 13, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Oooo love halwa, but I’ve never tried making it. Perhaps I will start now, what a great combo too.

    • June 13, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      thanks Loretta. I hope it works well when you try it out!

    • June 13, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      thank you, Anjana. πŸ™‚

  • June 13, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    You won’t believe this Apsara – I have been thinking of doing a mango and cashew halwa ever since I had mango flavored kaju katli last month that we received as a gift. You have added coconut too so I have to try the triple combination. Awesome! πŸ™‚

    • June 13, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      We seem to think so much alike, Indu. Are we great minds? I hope. πŸ™‚

  • DetoxMama
    June 13, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    What a delicious sounding & looking treat! Is the name of the dessert at all related to middle eastern halvah with sesame?

    • June 13, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      Yes, I believe the name has it’s origin in the middle east. Now you’ve got me researching the sesame halvah! πŸ™‚

      • DetoxMama
        June 13, 2014 at 10:47 pm

        I’ve got a recipe for it! A modified version of course but it was so good! And I’m thinking I could tweak yours too. It looks so good I need to try it. I’ve also been wondering if I find truly proper ghee if I can eat it without consequence.

        • June 13, 2014 at 10:50 pm

          Ah, yes, you’re intolerant to dairy, right? Coconut oil could be used in it’s place, the expeller pressed type that will not have an overpowering smell. I will check your blog for the halvah!

  • June 14, 2014 at 8:18 am

    The mango halwa looks yummy and I like the addition of the nuts. Have a lovely weekend, Apsara! πŸ™‚

    • June 14, 2014 at 10:00 am

      thanks, Ahila. You have a good weekend too. πŸ™‚

  • June 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I made these tasty things yesterday & my friends, husband & I all loved them much! They are so easy to make & so fast gone in our house too! πŸ˜‰ xxx

    • June 14, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Aww, thank you so much for the review, Sophie! I’m delighted that you and your family liked it. xxx

  • June 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Wow, a little piece of heaven has fallen into Fiesta Friday!! This is just too delicious for words! πŸ˜€

    • June 14, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      you’re very sweet, Julianna. Have a great weekend. πŸ™‚

    • June 16, 2014 at 9:26 am

      you’re welcome, Kloe. Glad you like it!

  • June 15, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Really looks wonderful and delicious Apsara, I always thought Halwa was made from Sesame but am finding out there are so many variations. Thank you for bringing to the feast!

    • June 16, 2014 at 9:26 am

      thank you, Suzanne! And thank you for hosting Fiesta Friday 20. πŸ™‚

  • June 16, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Mango and coconut together should be a great combination! I have to try this.

    • June 16, 2014 at 9:28 am

      I’m glad you think that too, being an expert in Indian cuisine. πŸ™‚

  • June 16, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    How pretty this recipe looks..I always think that working with mango can be tricky as it is easy to ruin its delicate yet embracing sweetness and it is a juicy ingredient. You have clearly done a fabulous job x

    • June 16, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      thank you so much Deena. xx

  • June 16, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I have never heard of this dessert before, but what a great combination of flavors! It is so pretty, too. I like learning about foods that are new to me. Thanks so much for sharing this, Apsara!

    • June 16, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      you’re welcome Shari! I love learning about Mexican food from you too. πŸ™‚

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