lauki ka halwa

Lauki ka Halwa | How to make lauki ka halwa

Dudhi halwa

Bottle gourd is a commonly used vegetable in Indian households. It is also known as dudhi or ghiya. Mostly it is used for making sabzi, raita or a side dish. Lauki ka halwa is an Indian sweet that is prepared by combining lauki with ghee, sugar, and milk. The dudhi ka halwa has a distinct flavor and is absolutely delectable. The best part is that lauki ka halwa gives a break from the regular bottle gourd recipes as well as it is great to have this interesting halwa as a dessert instead of regular halwa which we often have. If you want to know how to make lauki ka halwa you can check the recipe with the step by step pictures as well as the recipe video.

Ingredients for Lauki ka Halwa

Bottle Gourd (lauki/dudhi/ghiya): Make sure the bottle gourd is neutral in taste. Do not use sour or bitter lauki. Use fresh lauki for this recipe.

Ghee: In this recipe for dudhi ka halwa, the bottle gourd is cooked with little ghee for some time. It not only prevents the curdling of milk which is added at a later stage but also gives a very nice flavor to the halwa.

Milk and condensed milk: Full-fat milk works best for the recipe. Little condensed milk is added but it adds a lot to the recipe.

Sugar: Sugar should be added as per taste. I like my desserts quite sweet and therefore I have added the quantity given in the recipe.

Flavorings: The best way to flavor Indian halwas is with cardamom. However, you can also use saffron, cinnamon, coconut, etc.

How to make Lauki ka Halwa?

Perfect lauki ka halwa is one that is perfectly sweet, properly cooked and aptly flavored. If the following points are kept in mind it is very easy to make absolutely delicious dudhi ka halwa at home.

  1. Select fresh and good bottle gourd. Whenever using a bottle gourd for any recipe, make sure to wash and peel it properly. Always check it. It should not be sour or bitter. If so, it should not be used and should be discarded.
  2. Use full-fat milk. Skimmed milk or low-fat milk is not appropriate for the dudhi ka halwa recipe.
  3. Do not add too much sugar initially. Add little sugar as per taste and if required add more.
  4. Do not miss to flavor the halwa. You can use cardamom powder, nutmeg powder, etc. You can even add little coconut, or whole spices such as cinnamon, cloves, etc.
  5. Discard the seeds of bottle gourd.
  6. Grate the bottle gourd using the broader side of the grater.
  7. Prepare the halwa immediately after grating the lauki. Do not leave it otherwise it would turn black.
  8. You can use green food coloring to get the color of dudhi halwa as that of halwai.

How to make dudhi halwa without condensed milk?

I would not say that it can’t be prepared without condensed milk. You can skip condensed milk but the texture and taste of the halwa will definitely vary. It is very easy and simple to make condensed milk at home.

How to make dudhi ka halwa using khoya/mava?

If you want to know how to make dudhi halwa using khoya or mawa, you just need to cut down the quantity of milk in the given recipe to 1 cup and use ½ cup khoya or mawa. The khoya should be added after the sugar has been cooked and should be cooked until the desired consistency of halwa is achieved. You can use homemade khoya or instant khoya.

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How to serve Lauki ka Halwa?

As such it can be served chilled, but ghee is used in making this halwa, therefore, I prefer to serve it warm or hot.

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How to make Dudhi Halwa

1.This recipe serves 3-4 persons.

lauki ka halwa

2.In a pan heat 2 tbsp of ghee.

lauki ka halwa

3.Cook on low flame for 30 seconds. Swich off the flame for now.

lauki ka halwa

4.Grate a medium sized bottle gourd using a thick blade.

lauki ka halwa

5.Add grated bottle gourd (lauki). Also add 2 cloves (laung).

lauki ka halwa

6.Cook on low flame for 3-4 minutes stirring continuously.

lauki ka halwa

7.Add in 2 cups of milk.

lauki ka halwa

8.Cook on low flame.

lauki ka halwa

9.Cook till the milk is almost reduced. This will take 10-12 minutes.

lauki ka halwa

10.Add in 3 tbsp of condensed milk.

lauki ka halwa

11.Cook till the condensed milk is absorbed.

lauki ka halwa

12.Add in 3 tbsp of sugar.

lauki ka halwa

13.Cook till the sugar gets dissolved and is absorbed by the halwa.

lauki ka halwa

14.Further cook till the halwa comes together and you can see little ghee on the sides.

lauki ka halwa

15.Crush and add the seeds of 3-4 cardamoms (elaichi). Taste the halwa. Add more sugar if required.

lauki ka halwa

16.Serve warm. Bon appetite!

lauki ka halwa

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