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.
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.
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.
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.
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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As such it can be served chilled, but ghee is used in making this halwa, therefore, I prefer to serve it warm or hot.
1.This recipe serves 3-4 persons.
2.In a pan heat 2 tbsp of ghee.
3.Cook on low flame for 30 seconds. Swich off the flame for now.
4.Grate a medium sized bottle gourd using a thick blade.
5.Add grated bottle gourd (lauki). Also add 2 cloves (laung).
6.Cook on low flame for 3-4 minutes stirring continuously.
7.Add in 2 cups of milk.
8.Cook on low flame.
9.Cook till the milk is almost reduced. This will take 10-12 minutes.
10.Add in 3 tbsp of condensed milk.
11.Cook till the condensed milk is absorbed.
12.Add in 3 tbsp of sugar.
13.Cook till the sugar gets dissolved and is absorbed by the halwa.
14.Further cook till the halwa comes together and you can see little ghee on the sides.
15.Crush and add the seeds of 3-4 cardamoms (elaichi). Taste the halwa. Add more sugar if required.
16.Serve warm. Bon appetite!
PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME 30 minutes
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