Sweet Potato Halwa or say Shakarkand Ka Halwa is the simplest, quickest and yummiest halwa. If you have boiled or roasted sweet potatoes then it just needs 5 minutes and your delicious halwa is ready.

 Perfect to have during fasts because of it being rich in carbohydrates.

Shakarkandi Ka Halwa
Sweet Potato Halwa

Shakarkand Ka Halwa is one of my favourite sweet dishes. Of all the varieties of Halwa we make, Shakarkand, Samak Flour,  semolina and wheat halwa are my preferred ones. I love Shakarkandi halwa for a variety of reasons. I will tell you all of them but in the meantime, you tell me, what's your take on this?

My father in law was a great foodie and loved spicy food. Shakarkand Chaat was one of his favourite chat. Whenever he bought Shakarkand, he instructed me to make some chaat for him and use the rest for my halwa.


Why Shakarkand Halwa Is Preferred During Fasts

Shakarkand ka halwa is a popular fasting recipe. Be it Navratri, Ekadashi or any other fast, this halwa is preferred by everyone.

As it is full of carbohydrates, it gives instant energy while fasting. I remember, my grandmother used to have either this or potato halwa for her Ekadashi fasts.

Let's see the benefits of Sweet Potato Halwa

  • Quick to Make: It takes just 6 to 8 minutes to prepare this halwa.
  • Less Fat: The quantity of ghee used is really less as compared to other types of Halwa.
  • Less Sugar: As Shakarkand, itself is sweet therefore very less sugar is needed to make this halwa.
  • Instant Energy: Being full of carbohydrates, it gives instant energy.


Boil Or Roast Shakarkand?

You can either boil these or roast. But roasted ones are always preferred as they retain the natural sweetness in it. You can roast these in an oven or in an air fryer.

I prefer to roast these in my air fryer as these are done quickly in it.


How To Roast Shakarkand In Air Fryer

Shakarkandi roasted In Air Fryer
  • Air fryer is the best thing to get perfect roasted Shakarkand. It is the simplest way too.
  • Just wash the Shakarkand and put it in the air fryer basket. No need to preheat it.
Sweet potatoes being roasted in air fryer


  • Now, switch it on to the 200 degrees C and set it for 30 minutes. That's it!
  • Do, whatever you wish to during this time. After 30 minutes, you will have perfect roasted Shakarkand, exactly like you get from the roadside vendor. you may check by inserting a knife in anyone Shakarkand. If it slides easily this means that its done. If not, continue roasting in the air fryer for some more time.
Shakarkand recipes


Step By Step Photos

  • Boil or Roast Shakarkand.
  • Peel boiled/roasted Shakarkand and cut into pieces.
chop roasted shakarkand


  • In a wok, heat ghee, swirl it so that sides of the wok gets coated with it.
  • Add chopped Shakarkand, mash it with the ladle or potato masher and saute it for 2 to 3 minutes on medium-high flame, tossing regularly.
put it in kadhai along with ghee


  • Add milk & sugar and continue tossing till milk dries up and halwa leaves sides of the wok.
add milk and sugar
mash and cook for few minutes


  • Lastly, add nuts. (Though I prefer plain only).
  • Serve with love.
Shakarkandi Ka Halwa

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q) Can I replace Sweet potatoes with potatoes?

Yes. Replace it with equal quantity of boiled potatoes and enjoy Aloo ka halwa. Even, Aloo ka halwa can be had during fasts.


Q) Can I replace sugar with any healthy sweetener?

Yes. Use equal quantity of jaggery powder or cane sugar or any other sweetener of your choice.



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Shakarkand Ka Halwa

A quick dessert especially for fasting days.

  • 250 g Shakarkand (Boiled Or Roasted)
  • 3 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee
  • Nuts as per Taste (Optional)
  1. Peel boiled/roasted Shakarkand and chop it roughly.

  2. In a wok, heat ghee, swirl it so that sides of the wok gets coated with it.
  3. Add chopped Shakarkand, mash it with ladle or potato masher and saute it for 2 to 3 minutes on a medium-high flame, tossing regularly.

  4. Add milk & sugar.

  5. Continue tossing for 2 to 3 minutes till all the milk dries up and halwa leave sides of the wok.

  6. Add nuts. (Though I prefer plain only).

  7. Serve with love.


Aloo Ka Halwa

  1. Replace Shakarkandi with boiled potatoes and you Aloo ka halwa is ready.

  1. This much ghee is sufficient but you add more depending upon your preferences.
  2. Sugar may vary depending on the sweetness of Shakarkand


Aloo ka Halwa, Shakarkandi ka Halwa

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