Khoresht Kadoo Halvai

Khoresh Kadoo Halvaii Recipe; Make Delicious Persian Pumpkin Stew

When the leaves start to change color and fall to the ground, that can only mean one thing: it’s time for Khoresh kadoo halvaii! This delicious and easy-to-make dish is perfect for a chilly autumn evening. Here is a delicious pumpkin stew recipe for you, So grab a spoon and enjoy!

Khoresh Kadoo Halvaii recipe

How to Make Khoresh Kadoo Halvaii?


  • 7 large pieces of pumpkin 
  • 1 large onion 
  •  2 tablespoons tomato paste 
  • 12 Bukhara plums 
  • 1 fresh lemon juice 
  • 250 grams mutton 
  • 25 grams butter
  • brewed saffron as needed
  • Salt, black pepper and turmeric as needed
  • Cinnamon powder and cardamom powder as needed
  • Curry spices and sugar as needed


Step One

To prepare delicious pumpkin stew, cut the meat into equal pieces. Then peel the onion and chop it into small pieces. Next, put a suitable pot on low heat.

meat slices for stew

Step Two

Now pour some liquid oil into the pot, add the onion, and fry until the onion becomes light and golden. Next, add the chopped meat to the onion, and fry until it changes color.

how to sauté onion

Step Three

At this stage, add turmeric, curry, and cinnamon powder to the meat and fry until the aroma of the spices is released. Then, add enough boiling water to the meat and let the meat cook for 2 hours.

Step Four

After 2 hours:

  1. Remove the pumpkins’ skin and place a suitable pan on low heat.
  2. Add oil and butter to the pan and let the butter melt.
  3. Put the pumpkins in the pan.
pumpkin slices

Step Five

Fry the pumpkins completely, then take them out of the pan, pour the tomato paste into the pan, and fry for 5 minutes until the raw smell of the tomato paste is removed, and the color is lightened.

Step Six

Add sugar, salt, cardamom powder, fresh lime juice, and tomato paste to the meat. Mix well and let the stew boil until the sauce reaches the desired consistency. Next, add pumpkin and plum to the Khoresh kadoo halvai.

Step Seven

Now, put the lid on the pot and let the stew cook for 30 minutes until the pumpkin is cooked. 

Note: The cooking time of the pumpkin should not exceed the specified time because the pumpkin will be crushed.

Step Eight

Finally, when Khoresh kadoo halvaii is ready, take it off the heat and pour it into the desired dish. 

How to Serve Khoresht Kadoo Halvaii?

When the pumpkin stew is ready, decorate it with pistachio slices and serve it with rice. Enjoy your meal! You can also serve this food as one of the Yalda dishes on Yalda night.

Persian pumpkin stew

Do not forget to make this recipe and share it with us. If you also have any related questions about this recipe, please do not hesitate to ask.

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