Gluten Free Mango Quinoa Halwa

Gluten Free Mango Quinoa Halwa recipe at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet -

For this month’s blogger recipe challenge, I was partnered with Jayasri of My Veg Fare. I chose to remake her recipe for Mango - Quinoa Halwa in Microwave.

Halwa is a sweet Indian dish. It’s usually made with lots of ghee (clarified butter) and can be made with carrots, banana, or semolina boiled with milk, almonds, sugar, and cardamom. Jayasri’s recipe used quinoa, which is full of healthy, vegetarian protein and is naturally gluten free.

However, I was puzzled by her microwave directions. Obviously, UK and US microwaves are very different!

I decided to make my version on the stove top. I also wanted to health things up by using coconut oil for ghee and coconut milk for cow’s milk, which turned the recipe into a vegan dish. I eliminated calories by using stevia instead of sugar, and didn’t include almonds because of my daughter, Lucie’s nut allergies.

When I was researching halwa dishes, I noticed that Mythreyee of Paajaka Recipes used saffron in her Microwave Mango Halwa. Since I had a little bottle in the cupboard, I decided to use that, too.

Gluten Free Mango Quinoa Halwa recipe at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet -

Gluten Free Mango Quinoa Halwa


  • 1 cup mango pulp (2 mangoes), pureed
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 4 tablespoons light coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup Stevia in the Raw
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 3-4 saffron threads (optional)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup raisins


  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Cut and peel the mangos and remove the pulp. Puree in a small food processor or blender.
  3. Place pureed mango, cooked quinoa, coconut milk, stevia, cardamom and saffron (if using) in a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat. Stir to blend.
  4. Cook over medium heat, occasionally stirring, until mixture starts to bubble.
  5. Add the coconut oil. Stir to combine.
  6. Continue to cook over medium heat until mixture starts to thicken. This should take 10 to 12 minutes. The halwa should be thick like oatmeal and glossy from the coconut oil.
  7. Add raisins and stir until evenly distributed and heated through.
  8. Dish warm halwa into small bowls and serve immediately.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: 4

17 thoughts on “Gluten Free Mango Quinoa Halwa

  1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

    Ruth, so glad that I can help you and your roommate find dishes to prepare together! I’ve had it as a snack, for breakfast and especially for dessert, since it’s sweet.

  2. Tenille

    Wow I’ve not come across a recipe like this before, it looks great. I’m quite keen to give it a go; I love mango.

  3. mara

    That looks delicious. I wonder if it would get me over my mango aversion. I love your substitutions of coconut milk and Stevia. I’m thanking blogger comment club right now for leading me to your site.

    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      Dan, I use quinoa like rice in much of my cooking. Since this dish reminded me of rice pudding, it seemed very natural to have quinoa as an ingredient in a dessert. I especially like it because it’s gluten free, vegan and has lots of protein.

    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      Jayasri, I had a lot of fun making your dish. It was also good cold for breakfast the next day. Ghee would be very unusual for many people here in the US outside the big metro areas to find. While I know of several good Asian markets that carry ghee in the Denver/Boulder, Colorado area, for most people finding a healthy oil like coconut – which is very popular and trendy now – would be a more accessible product to use as they could buy it at the supermarket. Plus, vegans don’t use butter, so coconut oil was a good choice for my vegan readers, too. And thanks for the nice compliments!

  4. Jayasri

    Hi Anne, It’s so wonderful to know you tried something Indian, I understand your problems with MW, I never do any MW cooking, I love stove top cooking, good you made it that way, my MW is a very basic one, I did not understand it myself, so I took it out every few minutes as I have mentioned until they got well cooked, I do love to try healthy cooking as much as possible, Ghee is not very bad for healthy as it is being clarified., In India people use Ghee everyday in their normal food as well.., adding coconut oil, sounds very interesting.., I do use coconut oil in some of my dishes, adding coconut milk must be very delicious, I should try out your version :), thanks you liked it… and made it healthy too…


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