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Lauki Halwa Recipe – Dudhi Halwa – Bottle Gourd Halwa

Lauki Halwa Recipe – Dudhi Halwa – Bottle Gourd Halwa

Lauki halwa or dudhi is a sweet Indian dessert made of bottle gourd and taste super delicious. Lauki or bottle gourd is a rare to have vegetable but takes lead role in making desserts. This lauki halwa is so scrumptious and simple that you will enjoy making it any time of the year!

You can prepare this halwa anytime for a get together or any special occasion. Though you don’t have to wait for any special occasion to savor this sweet as it can be prepared at home very instantly and no expert cooking skills are required. The use of milk and dry fruits takes its taste and texture to next level. So, try our variation of lauki halwa with step-by-step picture and instructions and make everyone go wow!

Directions

Getting Ready:

Rinse the bottle gourd thoroughly and pat dry. Remove the stalk and peel the gourd.

dudhi halwa

Now chop down the gourd in small chunks with 3 to 4 inch dimensions. Then grate the chunks manually or in a food processor leaving the seeds and the soft portion inside the gourd.

dudhi halwa

Finely chop the almonds and cashews for halwa. Also, peel the green cardamom and make powder.

dudhi halwa

Making:

Heat a pan to make the halwa and place the grated lauki to it.

dudhi halwa

Add 1 cup milk to the lauki and mix thoroughly. Stir the mixture really well.

dudhi halwa

Now cover the pan with a lid and let the lauki simmer on medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes or until it the gets tender and fragrant.

dudhi halwa

Check the lauki if it turned tender. Cook it more until the milk mixes well to it. So, now leave the pan uncovered and increase the flame to maximum. Keep stirring after every 1 to 2 minutes to prevent it from browning at base.

dudhi halwa

When the milk evaporates completely, add 1.5 cups of sugar to the pan and mix really well.

dudhi halwa

The halwa gets watery after adding sugar. So, let the halwa simmer until the water evaporates completely. Do keep stirring the halwa after every 1 to 2 minutes else it will turn brown at the base.

dudhi halwa

 

Meanwhile, let us roast the mawa for the halwa. But keep constant check on the halwa as well. To roast the mawa heat a pan and add crumbled mawa to it. Roast the mawa on medium-low flame until you see little change in the color. Keep stirring constantly.

dudhi halwa

 

There is nice change in color and you can see ghee leaving its edges. Mawa is now roasted well and ready to use.

dudhi halwa

Transfer the mawa to another bowl from the wok or pan to prevent it from turning brown.

dudhi halwa

Now add ¼ cup ghee to the halwa and mix well. Stir constantly and roast for 1 to 2 minutes.

lauki halwa

Later, add roasted mawa, followed by chopped dry fruits. Mix everything really well. Also add green cardamom powder to it. Mix everything really well and cook the halwa for 1 to 2 more minutes.

dudhi halwa

 

We have thoroughly cooked the halwa for 3 to 4 minutes on medium flame and the halwa is now done and ready. Transfer the halwa to a serving bowl or plate.lauki halwa

Serving:

Garnish with some chopped dry fruits. Lip smacking and devouring lauki halwa is ready to serve. Have this steaming hot halwa anytime of the day or after your meals.

dudhi halwa

Suggestions:

  • Keep stirring the halwa constantly to prevent it from browning at the base.
  • To store the halwa, let it cool down completely and then store in refrigerator. It keeps good for up to 1 week.
  • Before making the halwa do taste the bottle gourd once as at time it comes bitter in taste and this can spoil your halwa.

Lauki Halwa Recipe - Dudhi Halwa dudhi halwa
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • Bottle Gourd – 1 kilogram
  • Sugar – 1.5 cup (300 grams)
  • Mawa – 1 cup (250 grams)
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Ghee – ¼ cup
  • Cashew nuts – 15
  • Almonds – 15
  • Green Cardamom – 6 to 7
Instructions
  1. Rinse the bottle gourd thoroughly and pat dry. Remove the stalk and peel the gourd.
  2. Now chop down the gourd in small chunks with 3 to 4 inch dimensions. Then grate the chunks manually or in a food processor leaving the seeds.
  3. Finely chop the almonds and cashews for halwa. Also, peel the green cardamom and make powder.
  4. Heat a pan to make the halwa and place the grated lauki to it.
  5. Add 1 cup milk to the lauki and mix thoroughly. Stir the mixture really well.
  6. Now cover and let the lauki simmer on medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes or until it the gets tender.
  7. Check the lauki if it turned tender. Cook it more until the milk mixes well to it. So, now leave the pan uncovered and increase the flame to maximum. Keep stirring after every 1 to 2 minutes to prevent it from browning at base.
  8. When the milk evaporates completely, add 1.5 cups of sugar to the pan and mix really well.
  9. The halwa gets watery after adding sugar. So, let the halwa simmer until the water evaporates completely.
  10. Do keep stirring the halwa after every 1 to 2 minutes else it will turn brown at the base.
  11. Meanwhile, let us roast the mawa for the halwa. But keep constant check on the halwa as well.
  12. To roast the mawa heat a pan and add crumbled mawa to it.
  13. Roast the mawa on medium-low flame until you see little change in the color. Keep stirring constantly.
  14. There is nice change in color and you can see ghee leaving its edges. Mawa is now roasted well and ready to use.
  15. Transfer the mawa to another bowl to prevent it form turning brown.
  16. Now add ¼ cup ghee to the halwa and mix well. Stir constantly and roast for 1 to 2 minutes.
  17. Later, add roasted mawa, followed by chopped dry fruits. Mix everything really well. Also add green cardamom powder to it.
  18. Mix everything really well and cook the halwa for 1 to 2 more minutes.
  19. We have thoroughly cooked the halwa for 3 to 4 minutes on medium flame and the halwa is now done and ready.
  20. Transfer the halwa to a serving bowl or plate. Garnish with some chopped dry fruits.
  21. Lip smacking and devouring lauki halwa is ready to serve. Have this steaming hot halwa anytime of the day or after your meals.

 

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. dhairya

    June 25, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Amazing presentation. I really appreciate your work. You share easy recipes with an amazing presentation. Thanks a lot. I want to know that milk will curdle or not if we add it to bottle gourd? I should use hot milk or cold milk for making bottle gourd halwa?

    • Nisha Madhulika

      June 25, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      No milk will not curdle. Add lukewarm milk to the halwa.

  2. abhishek

    June 24, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Lauki ka halwa is devoured in my family by everyone. I think the quantity of sugar is not enough for this much of bottle gourd for making lauki ka halwa.

    • Nisha Madhulika

      June 24, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      You can add sugar as per your taste.

  3. gitika

    June 17, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    This lauki halwa is really easy to make and looks super yummy. I would like to try out dudhi halwa but can you please tell me whether the use of milk is necessary or not?

    • Nisha Madhulika

      June 20, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      No, it is not necessary.

  4. jaya

    June 16, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Hi, nisha mam! How are you? Mam please tell can I add saffron for making doodhi ka halwa? Please reply soon as I want to try out doodhi ka halwa as soon as possible.

    • Nisha Madhulika

      June 20, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Yes, you can.

  5. falguni

    June 15, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Mam, I’m a fan of your style of cooking. I want to make dudhi ka halwa tomorrow so please tell me that can I skip mawa for making dudhi halwa or it is an important ingredient? As mawa is not available where I live.

  6. seema

    June 14, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Can I use any flavouring essence such as kevada water, rose water, etc.?

    • Nisha Madhulika

      June 20, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      Yes, you can.

  7. swati

    June 13, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    You can use condensed milk as well but then skip the use sugar.

  8. kirti

    June 13, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Instead of milk can I use condensed milk?

  9. usha

    June 13, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Sugar can be replaced with the use of jaggery and you can adjust the quantity as desired or your taste.

  10. divya

    June 11, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Yes, you can prepare bottle gourd halwa with jaggery. Use 1 cup of crushed jaggery.

  11. geeta

    June 11, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Ma’am can this halwa be prepared with jaggery instead sugar? If yes, then please tell me the quantity.

  12. kajal

    June 10, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    You can use finely chopped gourd chunks as well but it gets little time consuming to cook them as we need a very fine texture for halwa.

  13. priti

    June 10, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Mam, I always try your recipes at home. Please let me know that whether I can chop the bottle gourd instead of grating it?

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