Lauki (Bottle Gourd) Halwa

By: Manjula Jain

Serving : 4 people

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Lauki (Bottle Gourd) Halwa

Lauki halwa is a classic dessert that is simple and delicious! Lauki is also known as dodhi, ghia, bottle gourd, or opo squash. Lauki halwa is packed with all the nutrition of lauki and tastes absolutely divine. Just a few ingredients are needed for this dessert: lauki, milk and sugar for its a quick and easy recipe to make.

Lauki (Bottle Gourd) Halwa

Ingredients

  • 2 cups lauki peeled and shredded, before shredding remove the seeds (bottle gourd, doodhi, ghia, opo squash)
  • 2-1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons ghee, or clarified butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground cardamom seeds
  • 2 tablespoons pistachio chopped

Instructions

  • Squeeze the water from shredded lauki after taking out the water lauki should be 2 cups packed. Set aside.
  • Boil the milk on medium high heat in heavy bottom pan making sure milk does not burn. After milk comes to boil lower the heat to medium low and boil for ten minutes, until it becomes about 1-1/2 cups. Set aside.
  • Melt the ghee in frying pan on medium heat add lauki and sauté for 3 minutes, or until it is tender but not mushy. Add milk mix well and bring it to boil, reduce heat to low and cook until mixture becomes thick. It will take approx. 10 minutes. Stir occasionally in between to prevent sticking.
  • Add sugar, cardamom, and half the pistachios. Stir continuously and cook until mixture becomes of consistency of soft sticky dough, this will take approx. 3-4 minutes. Turn of the heat.
  • Delicious lauki halwa is ready. Transfer it to serving bowl and garnish with remaining pistachios, and serve hot or at room temperature.

Lauki (Bottle Gourd) Halwa

Lauki halwa is a classic dessert that is simple and delicious! Lauki is also known as dodhi, ghia, bottle gourd, or opo squash. Lauki halwa is packed with all the nutrition of lauki and tastes absolutely divine. Just a few ingredients are needed for this dessert: lauki, milk and sugar for its a quick and easy recipe to make.

  • 2 cups lauki peeled and shredded, before shredding remove the seeds (bottle gourd, doodhi, ghia, opo squash)
  • 2-1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons ghee, or clarified butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground cardamom seeds
  • 2 tablespoons pistachio chopped
  1. Squeeze the water from shredded lauki after taking out the water lauki should be 2 cups packed. Set aside.

  2. Boil the milk on medium high heat in heavy bottom pan making sure milk does not burn. After milk comes to boil lower the heat to medium low and boil for ten minutes, until it becomes about 1-1/2 cups. Set aside.

  3. Melt the ghee in frying pan on medium heat add lauki and sauté for 3 minutes, or until it is tender but not mushy. Add milk mix well and bring it to boil, reduce heat to low and cook until mixture becomes thick. It will take approx. 10 minutes. Stir occasionally in between to prevent sticking.

  4. Add sugar, cardamom, and half the pistachios. Stir continuously and cook until mixture becomes of consistency of soft sticky dough, this will take approx. 3-4 minutes. Turn of the heat.

  5. Delicious lauki halwa is ready. Transfer it to serving bowl and garnish with remaining pistachios, and serve hot or at room temperature.

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    Shiva
    October 12, 2018 at 2:35 am

    Looks great. Will try it. But what’s pistachio?

    sandhya
    November 13, 2016 at 9:37 am

    very nice halwa, i prepared it. it is very tasty. thank u mam

    SailAja
    November 6, 2016 at 2:16 am

    I tried today but its not soooo good

    Deepti
    December 7, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Amazing recipe auty,wanted to know,if we use store bought milk without boiling is it fine?
    After mixing all ingredients, at last the milk curled up,is the good or not ?

      Manjula Jain
      December 7, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      Deepti, Milk should not curled, it will happen if milk is not good.

    Gayatri
    June 27, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Thanks for the recipe auntyji. I am going to try this on the weekend. I have a question – my mom steams the lauki a little bit instead of sauteing with ghee to avoid the fat. Do you think it will taste the same or sauteing will have better taste than steaming….

      Manjula Jain
      June 27, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      Gayatri, as you know every dish is made several ways, I like if lauki is not too mushy and like to taste lauki.

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