4 August, 2016
Lauki Halwa / Bottle Gourd Halwa / Doodhi Halwa
Date – 1.8. 2016
Bottle gourd is also know as lauki or doodhi in India. There are many recipes made with lauki as lauki ka kofta, lauki chanadal, raita and muthiya. But my most favorite dish made with lauki is lauki ka halwa. Many kids do not like its taste but if you make halwa i am sure they will love it. In this halwa i am adding milk powder which gives it a nice texture and add extra flavor, if you have khoya please add it instead of milk powder. You can even add milk maid to this but at that time reduce the sugar quantity (see notes). So lets see how to make this yummy lauki ka halwa.
Preparation time – 15 mins
Cooking time – 30 mins
Recipe type – Dessert
Serve – 4
Measurement cup used 1 cup = 240 ml
Lauki / doodhi/ bottle gourd – 2 ½ cups, grated
Milk – 1 ½ cups
Ghee / clarified butter – 2 tbsp
Sugar – 5 tbsp or if you want more sweet add more
Milk powder OR khoya – 2 tbsp OR milkmaid – 3 tbsp (if you are adding milkmaid just add 3 tbsp of sugar)
Cardamom powder / elaichi – ¼ tsp Or take 6-7 elaichi remove seeds and make powder
Cashew nuts – 5-6 Broken
Resins – 10 -12
Badam / almonds – 3-4 sliced, for the garnishing
First peel the bottle gourd and rinse it in running water then discard the center part having seeds. Now grate it and set aside.
Medium heat the ghee in a thick bottom kadai and fry broken cashew and resins until cashew turns light golden. Take them out and set aside.
Now add grated bottle gourd and fry it over medium – high flame for 2-3 minutes.
Now add milk, stir well and bring this mixture to boil.
When milk starts to boil turn the flame at medium and cook it until milk absorbed. Stir in between. It will take almost 10 -12 minutes.
Now add sugar, stir well.
Add milk powder OR khoya as well (instead of them if you are adding milk maid add here).After adding sugar the mixture will release some water. So let it cook until the water evaporates completely and the mixture turn thick, it will 3-4 minutes. Stir in between.
When the water absorbed completely add fried cashew nuts and resins. Stir very well.
Finally turn off the flame and add green cardamom powder and mix with spatula.
Creamy and sweet bottle gourd halwa is ready serve it hot or at room temperature. While serving garnish it with sliced almonds.
Use any khoya or milk powder or milk maid as your convenient. if adding milk maid reduce the sugar quantity.
Use thick bottom kadai for making halwa.
Take 2 1/2 cups of grated bottle gourd
Heat up 2 tbsp of ghee in thick bottom kadai
Add broken cashew nuts and resins
Fry until light golden brown and take it out
In the same kadai and grated bottle gourd
Fry over medium – high flame for 2-3 minutes
Add milk and stir, bring this to boil
Cook until milk absorbed compeletly at medium flame, stir in between
After adding sugar the mixture will be watery
Add 2 tbsp of milk powder or khoya, stir well (if adding milkmaid add here)
Cook until mixture turn compeletly dry, stir in between and maintain low – medium flame
Add fried cashew and resins, stir then turn off the flame
Add cardamom powder, stir
Lauki ka halwa is ready