Dudhi halwa recipe (Lauki ka halwa)

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Dudhi halwa recipe or Lauki halwa – an Indian sweet dish made with bottle gourd, milk and sugar. It is flavored with cardamon powder and garnished with chopped nuts.

Dudhi halwa recipe | Lauki halwa recipe | easy halwa recipe

This can be made on Navratri fasting or ekadashi vrat. Many people eat lauki during the fasting. in my family, we do not eat it on any kind of fast. So if making for fasting days then please do ask your elders about the family traditions and then consume.

the halwa we buy from the halwais or stores, that is slightly green in color. Because they have added green food color. I rarely use food colors in my cooking, so I have not added any. But if you want you can add few drops of green color.

Halwa is the most popular dessert in India. There are many different varieties of halwa. They are made using flour or grain or lentils or fruits or vegetables. Yes there are countless number of different halwas. Among all the halwas, gajar halwa is the most popular one.

Today I have made the halwa using dudhi aka lauki or bottle gourd. Not everyone likes this vegetable and you are one of it. I bet try this dudhi halwa and my dudhi chana dal recipe once, you will sure like it.

Hubby always refuse to eat the lauki from his childhood. But it ends after we got married. Now he likes it. It is all about how it is made and what other flavors are added to this humble vegetable.  Try it the way I make this halwa and other lauki recipes like lauki thepla, lauki kofta curry. I am 100% sure that you like it.

Check out More halwa recipes
pumpkin halwa  //  papaya halwa  //  pineapple halwa  //  atte ka halwa


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1) Wash the lauki well. Peel it and start grating from sides and discard center part with seeds. Use bigger size grater otherwise you will get mushy lauki. After grating, loosely pack in measuring cup and measure 1 ½ cups. If making in large quantity then use food processor to grate it which makes it very easy.

2) Heat the ghee in a pan on medium heat.
Dudhi halwa recipe | Lauki halwa recipe | easy halwa recipe

3) Once hot add grated lauki. Cook with stirring occasionally.

4) Saute till all the moisture from lauki is evaporated. It will reduce in size and becomes soft. It took me 10-12 minutes.
Dudhi halwa recipe | Lauki halwa recipe | easy halwa recipe

5) Then add milk and bring to a simmer.

6) Continue cooking till all the milk is evaporated. Be patience, it will take some time.
Dudhi halwa recipe | Lauki halwa recipe | easy halwa recipe

7) Do stir in between and scrape the sides and the bottom of the pan. So the milk solids do not stick and burn on the sides of the pan.

8) Now the milk is reduced and all the moisture is evaporated.
Dudhi halwa recipe | Lauki halwa recipe | easy halwa recipe

9) Add sugar.

10) As sugar melts again it becomes thin and runny.
Dudhi halwa recipe | Lauki halwa recipe | easy halwa recipe

11) keep cooking and stirring till all the water is gone.

12) When it is almost ready, add cardamom powder.
Dudhi halwa recipe | Lauki halwa recipe | easy halwa recipe

13) Also add chopped cashews and almonds.

14) Mix well. When there is no more bubbles from the mixture. means all the moisture is evaporated and the halwa is ready.
Dudhi halwa recipe | Lauki halwa recipe | easy halwa recipe

Turn off the stove. Let the halwa cool down. You can serve lauki ka halwa warm or chill in the fridge and serve chilled.

Serving suggestion: this lauki ka halwa can be served as a dessert after meal or along with your meal.

Dudhi halwa recipe | Lauki halwa recipe | easy halwa recipe

Dudhi halwa recipe | Lauki halwa recipe | easy halwa recipe
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Dudhi halwa recipe (Lauki halwa recipe)

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 2 servings
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

  • 1 ½ cups Lauki (bottle gourd or dudhi) washed, peeled and grated
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 ½ cups Milk
  • ¼ teaspoon Green cardamom seeds powder
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Cashew nuts chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Almonds chopped

Instructions

  1. Wash the lauki well. Peel it and start grating from sides and discard center part with seeds.
  2. Use bigger size grater otherwise you will get mushy lauki. After grating, loosely pack in measuring cup and measure 1 ½ cups.
  3. If making in large quantity then use food processor to grate it which makes it very easy.

Making lauki ka halwa recipe:

  1. Heat the ghee in a pan on medium heat.
  2. Once hot add grated lauki. Cook with stirring occasionally.
  3. Saute till all the moisture from lauki is evaporated. It will reduce in size and becomes soft. It took me 10-12 minutes.
  4. Then add milk and bring to a simmer.
  5. Continue cooking till all the milk is evaporated. Be patience, it will take some time.
  6. Do stir in between and scrape the sides and the bottom of the pan. So the milk solids do not stick and burn on the sides of the pan.
  7. Now the milk is reduced and all the moisture is evaporated.
  8. Add sugar. As sugar melts again it becomes thin and runny.
  9. keep cooking and stirring till all the water is gone.
  10. When it is almost ready, add cardamom powder.
  11. Also add chopped cashews and almonds.
  12. Mix well.
  13. When there is no more bubbles from the mixture. means all the moisture is evaporated and the halwa is ready.
  14. Turn off the stove.

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