Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lauki Ka Halwa

"Lauki Ka Halwa"
Lauki Ka Halwa also known as Doodhi Halwa is a Traditional and very popular Indian Sweet dish.

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.


As the name suggests it made with Lauki or Bottle Gourd, grated bottle gourd along is cooked with milk, flavored with Cardamom and  gets its rich creamy texture form Khoya / Mawa.


Here's a simple recipe for Lauki Ka Halwa.

Ingredients

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

Method

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.




Serve hot or at room temperature.


Some of the other Lauki recipes which I have posted earlier are  Lauki chane ke dal, Bharwan laukiLauke ke kofte

Notes:

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.
http://www.spicynotes.net/2014/10/homemade-khoya-or-mawa.html



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