|"Lauki Ka Halwa"|
Lauki / Doodhi or Bottle gourd is a very popular vegetable and is widely used In Indian Cuisines. Its is rich in fiber, and low in calories, zero cholesterol, rich in vitamins and calcium. It has a very high content of water and is very light on stomach hence aids in better digestion.
Here's a simple recipe for Lauki Ka Halwa.
Lauki / Bottle gourd, pealed and grated - 4 cups
Milk, hot - 2cups
Khoya / Mawa - 1 cup
Desi Ghee (Clarified butter) - 3 tablespoon
Cardamom, powder - 1/4 th teaspoon
Sugar - 3/4th cup
Cashew - 8-10
Wash, peal and grate lauki. Squeeze out the extra water by pressing the grated lauki between your palms. (Lauki has very high water content, I prefer to squeeze out extra water as it reduces the cooking time)
Heat Desi ghee in a pan, add the Cashew and roast until it gets a nice golden colour, Drain and keep aside on absorbent paper.
Add the grated lauki to the remaining ghee and fry for 3-4 minutes, add hot milk and a powdered cardamom, let it come to a boil, then reduce flame to medium and let it cook.
Stir at regular intervals to avoid the halwa from sticking to the bottom of the pan. It would take around 10 - 12 minutes until most of the milk has evaporated.
Add the grated Khoya / Mawa along with sugar, mix well and continue cooking for 4-5 minutes, (Keep stirring because at this stage the halwa tends to stick to the bottom of the pan) add cashew and mix well let it cook for another 2 minutes. Turn off the flame and remove pan from the gas top.
I have used 3/4th cup of sugar, n the halwa was moderately sweet, but you could adjust the quantity of sugar as per personal taste.
Also I have used homemade Khoya / Mawa for this recipe and the link is as below.