Lauki Ka Halwa or Doodhi Halwa is a traditional Halwa that is made in almost all the North Indian households during festivals or special occasions. Made using bottle gourd or dudhi, this is a delicious halwa that will surely satisfy your taste buds.
About This Recipe
Lauki Ka Halwa, a simple Indian Sweet, where Bottle Gourd is the star ingredient.
It is a popular Halwa recipe, that is made in almost all the Indian households especially in North India during festivals, special occasions, or just for an occasional treat after your everyday meals.
Bottle gourd is cooked in ghee with an added flavor from cardamom powder, rose water, and dry fruits. Also always taste the Lauki before making halwa, because if it tastes bitter it will ruin your halwa too.
If you love Gajar Ka Halwa, I am sure you will love this one too. It is so easy to make, that you don’t need to wait for an occasion to savor this sweet and creamy Dudhi Halwa.
Do give it a try and let me know if you liked it!
Lauki – Lauki or as it is called Doodhi/Bottle Gourd is a summer vegetable that is high on water content and is apt for your summer desserts too. This is the key ingredient in the=is Halwa, which will be further flavored with more ingredients.
Milk and Khoya – The addition of milk adds to the creaminess of this Halwa. I have also added Khoya for a rich taste. If you don’t want to add Khoya, you can make it just with Milk.
Cardamom Powder – I really love the taste cardamom powder adds to my desserts and therefore this is my favorite ingredient to include in my Halwa recipes too.
Dry Fruits – This is a must in any Halwa. I have just added almonds and cashews, but you can even add raisins, pistachios, walnuts, etc. I have garnished the Halwa with slivered pistachios.
Other Ingredients – Other than these, we will need ghee, rose water, and sugar. Even rose water adds a nice flavor and makes the halwa aromatic.
Step By Step Recipe
Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan.
Add almonds and cashew nuts and fry till golden brown.
Add lauki and fry for 2-3 minutes.
Now add milk.
Simmer the heat and cook till all the milk has reduced. Add cardamom powder and rose water. Cook for a minute.
Add khoya and sugar and cook till the desired consistency is reached.
Garnish with almonds and pistachio slivers.
Frequently asked questions:
If you are looking for a Lauki Halwa Recipe without Khoya, you can skip the khoya and cook lauki only in milk.
Cooking in milk also lends a beautiful flavor to this halwa. You can add some milk powder too for richness.
In case, you want to make a vegan version of this halwa, you can substitute dairy milk with almond milk and ghee with vegan butter.
Peel the Bottle Gourd/Lauki, make a cut and discard centre part with seeds. Now, take a grater and start grating from the sides. Make sure you use a bigger sized grater, as you don’t want your lauki to be mushy.
You can store Lauki Ka Halwa in an air tight container for upto a week in the refrigerator. Reheat in the pan or in microwave for about a minute or two before serving. You can even enjoy this Halwa chilled.
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Lauki Ka Halwa Recipe
- 4 tbsp Ghee
- 10-12 Almonds (broken into small pieces)
- 10-12 Cashew Nuts (broken into small pieces)
- 3 cups Lauki (Peeled, seeded and grated using medium size grater)
- 3 cups Full Fat Milk
- 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
- 1/4 tsp Rose Water
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 200 g Khoya (cooked till slightly browned)
- Dry fruits for garnishing
- Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan.
- Add almonds and cashewnuts and fry till golden brown.
- Add lauki and fry for 2-3 minutes.
- Now add milk and cook until it comes to a boil.
- Simmer the heat and cook till all the milk has reduced.
- Add cardamom powder and rose water and cook for a minute.
- Add khoya and sugar and cook on low heat until the desired consistency is reached (Approx 35-40 minutes)
- Garnish with almonds and pistachio slivers.