January 27, 2017

Doodhi ka halwa / lauki halwa

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 The best way to celebrate the come back of my blog is to share a sweet recipe with all of you.
With the mild chillnes still lingering in the atmosphere,fresh winter vegetables are a feast to the eyes in the market and make me want to cook something interesting  .
I picked up the bottle gourds which were very inviting and prepared this Halwa instantly.

Preparation time : 20 mins
Cooking time : 45 mins
Cooking level : Medium
Serves : 2-3 people

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2 medium sized bottle gourd
100 gms khoa (unsweetened)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 -3 tsp ghee/clarified butter
2-3 cardamoms/elaichi powdered
8-10 Cashews finely chopped
10-12 raisins/kishmish


  • Wash and peel the bottle gourds and remove the seeds if there any.
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  • Grate them well using a grater or food processor.
  • Grate or crumble the khoa as well and set aside.
  • Heat a thick bottomed kadai with 1tsp ghee and fry the grated bottle gourd in it for about a minute.
  • Add the cup of milk and mix well and allow the bottle gourd to cook well .
  • Keep stirring in between to avoid sticking and burning.
  • This takes about 10 to 15 mins on medium flame.
  • Add the khoa,sugar and elaichi powder and stir well and keep the flame low now.
  • Allow the mixture to cook well until you see all the milk,khoa and sugar being incorporated well into the bottle gourd and feel and amazing aroma wafting in your kitchen.
  • Turn off at this stage and add the chopped cashews to it and mix well.
  • You can roast the cashews in ghee or add it just like that.
  • Transfer in a bowl and keep it refrigerated for an hour or serve it warm .

  1. Squeeze the grated bottle gourd well with both your hands before frying them in ghee. This step ensures that there is no extra water content and prevents the halwa from getting soggy.
  2. If using sweet khoa instead of unsweetened adjust the sugar level accordingly.


  1. Lovely comeback , priya :)) waiting to see more magic from your kitchen ! Good luck

  2. Welcome back priya. Loved this recipe...


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