Lauki Halwa | Bottle Gourd Pudding

This humble Bottle Gourd Pudding or Lauki Halwa is a sweet delicacy made in every Indian home especially during winters. It is prepared with grated bottle gourd (Lauki or Doodhi), milk, sugar, khoya and flavored with delicate cardamom powder and garnished with rich and royal dry fruits of your choice.

With a light green outer skin and greenish-white flesh, this bottle gourd has a tad sweet taste and is low in calories and nutritious as well.

close up view of lauki halwa garnished with dry fruits and rose petals

Winters set in and we all crave some sweet dishes and halwa comes as the most preferred choice. The quintessential Carrot or Gajar Halwa or even the most simple and humble Sooji Halwa or this earthy Chickpea or Besan Halwa are some of the recipes that you may like and even may want to try.

Recipe of Bottle Gourd Pudding, Lauki Halwa

Ingredients:

1/2  kg bottle gourd (doodhi/lauki) , peeled and grated
1 cup Mava (khoya)(optional)
1 cups Milk
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tbsp Ghee
1 tsp Cardamom powder (Elaichi powder)
1 cup Almonds and pistachio flakes
a handful of dry rose petals

Method:

1. Firstly, Peel and grate the Lauki and keep it aside in a bowl.

grating lauki for lauki halwa recipe

2. Secondly, add ghee in a pan and strain the excess water from lauki and add it to the same pan and saute on a medium flame for 2 minutes.

adding ghee in lauki halwa recipe adding lauki in ghee in lauki halwa recipe

3. Now add the hot milk and keep stirring till it reduces and becomes thick for 6-7 minutes.

adding milk in dudhi halwa recipe

mixing milk and lauki in dudhi halwa recipe

4. Add the cardamom powder and sugar once the milk is evaporated, mix well, and cook, for 4-5 minutes till all the sugar has mixed well.

adding cardamom powder in dudhi halwa recipe

adding sugar in dudhi halwa recipe

melting sugar in dudhi halwa recipe

5. Once you see the lauki halwa is reduced in quantity and cooked well, switch off the flame and garnish it will nut and dry rose petals.

lauki halwa recipe

adding dry fruits in lauki halwa recipe

mixing dry fruits in dudhi halwa recipe

top view of lauki halwa with dry fruits and rose petalsImportant Tips:

  • Use fresh doodhi, (bottle gourd )for this halwa.
  • Khoya or mawa is optional in this recipe, if you are using it add at after step 5.
  •  You can either roast dry fruits like almonds and pistas in ghee or add it just like that.
  • This halwa will taste good even if served hot or cold.
  • Moreover, you can also freeze this halwa in an air-tight box for a month. Simply defrost it or microwave for a minute before eating it.
close up view of lauki halwa garnished with dry fruits and rose petals

Recipe of Bottle Gourd Pudding, Lauki Halwa

Hetal Kamdar
This humble Bottle Gourd Pudding or Lauki Halwa is a sweet delicacy made in every Indian home especially during winters. It is prepared with grated bottle gourd (Lauki or Doodhi whatever you want to name it), milk, sugar, khoya and flavored with delicate cardamom powder and garnished with rich and royal dry fruits of your choice.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kg bottle gourd doodhi/lauki , peeled and grated
  • 1 cup Mava khoya(optional)
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1 cup or more Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cardamom powder Elaichi powder
  • 1 cup Almonds and pistachio flakes
  • 2 tsp Rose Water

Instructions
 

  • Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a pan, add the almonds and pistachios and fry till golden brown, Remove and keep aside.
  • Peel and grate the Lauki and keep it aside in a bowl.
  • Strain the excess water from Lauki and add it to the same pan and saute on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
  • Add the hot milk and keep stirring till it reduces and becomes thick.
  • Add the sugar, mix well, and cook, till it reduces.
  • Add the khoya,1 tbsp ghee, Almonds, pistachios, and cardamom powder and mix well.
  • When the halwa is cooked and becomes thick, add the rose water and mix well and serve it hot.
Keyword Dudhi Halwa, Lauki Halwa, Recipe of Halwa
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