lauki halwa or dudhi halwa, how to make lauki halwa recipe

lauki halwa: lauki halwa recipe

lauki ka halwa or dudhi halwa – sweet indian dessert made from bottle gourd. bottle gourd is known as lauki in hindi and dudhi in marathi. so this indian dessert is known by the name lauki halwa or dudhi halwa.

i know of three veggies which we at home often make halwa of – carrots, beetroot and lauki. but to tell you a fact, i have also learnt how to make potato halwa during my home science days.

whenever i see lauki in the fridge, i get lost as to what i should make from it. few recipes which i make often from lauki are spanish style bottle gourd soup, lauki chana dal curry, lauki curry or lauki kofta or just add it with other veggies in a sambar or avial.

i had a big long lauki in the fridge. after pondering over what to make from it, i decided to make the famous parsi recipe of dhansak. i used 1/4th of the lauki to make dhansak and kept the remaining 3/4th in the fridge.

the next day, when i saw the lauki, i was again lost. but this time i had decided that i do not want to make a main course or a side dish with lauki, so i opted to make this delicious lauki halwa.

dudhi or lauki halwa recipe

initially, i have just cooked the grated lauki (bottle gourd) in milk and not added any khoya (evaporated milk) to it. in the process of cooking the lauki with milk, the milk begins to evaporate and reduce, so you don’t need to add evaporated milk.

cooking lauki halwa

this method of making halwa with the milk takes a little longer, but is handy when you do not have ready khoya at home. i make both carrot halwa and beetroot halwa at home with this method.

since winters have arrived, what better way to warm yourself up by having a nice bowl of hot and healthy lauki halwa.

bottle gourd or lauki halwa recipe

if you are looking for more halwa recipes then do check badam halwa, apple halwa, banana sheera, suji halwa and mango halwa.

dudhi halwa or lauki halwa recipe below:

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lauki ka halwa or dudhi halwa
lauki halwa or dudhi halwa - sweet indian dessert made from bottle gourd.
RECIPE TYPE: desserts
CUISINE: indian
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 3 to 3.5 cups grated bottle gourd or lauki or dudhi
  • 500 ml milk, which has been already boiled before
  • 7 tbsp sugar - if you wish increase to 8 tbsp for a very sweet taste
  • 3-4 tbsp ghee/clarified butter
  • 4-5 cardamoms, powdered or crushed
  • ½ cup chopped almonds and cashews
  1. in a kadai or deep pan combine milk and grated lauki or bottle gourd.
  2. bring the whole mixture to a boil and then lower the flame.
  3. simmer the mixture on a low flame and keep on stirring in between.
  4. the bottle gourd will cook in the milk and the milk will start to reduce and evaporate.
  5. when the milk has 75% reduced, add crushed cardamom, chopped almonds and cashew nuts to the mixture.
  6. add ghee when the all the milk has evaporated.
  7. mix the ghee with the rest of the mixture and cook for a minute
  8. lastly add the sugar and mix it with the halwa.
  9. the sugar will melt and the halwa becomes a little liquidy.
  10. cook the lauki halwa for a few minutes. do keep on stirring the lauki halwa.
  11. when you know by looking at the lauki halwa that the consistency is just right, switch off the burner.
  12. serve lauki halwa hot or you can also serve the lauki halwa cold.

{ 31 Responses }

  1. nisha says

    Thanks for d recipe. I was searchng for ths simple idea frm a long time. Thanks again.

  2. arusha says

    Hi dasana I made this halwa yesterday the dudhi I used was from our garden it came out great thanks only thing was I added 3tbsp of desi ghee and it became a bit oily nonetheless it was fan to taste and eat thanks!!!!!! God bles

  3. shalini says

    Ur such a gr8 chef.. I tried this recipe so easy simple and turned out in a delicious sweet dish. I hv also tried ur other recipes spcily veg birayani… Wow.. So good. Just luv ur blog.. site and u too… keep posting..

  4. Prachi says

    Hi Dassana
    thanks for the wonderful recipe. I tried lauki halwa for the first time n it turned out to be great for a first timer like me. Never knew making lauki halwa was that easy.. thanks so much.. my family loved it.. m happy :) I just love making simple yet healthy recipes for my family.. would surely like to try ur other recipes.. thanks again

  5. poornima says

    This recipe was just wayyyy tooo goodd….thank yu so much.. it was simple and easy to follow..and infact al other recipes have also turned ou t gr8 wen I tried.,, thNks again…

  6. katya says

    hi Dessana didi
    i am a teenager and learning cooking. i just tried lauki halwa and kheer as per your recipe and they were awesome. Thanks a lot for such a helpful and lovely blog.
    it’s very helpful for people like me.

  7. Garima says

    Hi Dassana,
    Thanks for a lovely blog. Your recipes are extremely good and easy to make. I always try your recipes and they turn out to be fab.
    Thanks again and please keep writing. You are a life saver for people like me :)

  8. prachi says

    Thanks for the wonderful and easy recipe :) I tried this halwa for the first time and turned out absolutely yumm :)

    • says

      thanks usha. i know about this blogger using some of my pics. my jaw dropped when i saw it in in the google search and was disappointed to see this. i have not contacted her so far as i felt that it is not going to be of any use and a waste of time. you have not mentioned your blog url. i would have visited your blog :-)

  9. sunita sil says

    hi dassana

    I have tried various recipes from your blog and everytime its been a super duper hit but i would like to share my experience about this halwa.
    I wanted to make this halwa but was a bit scared as how it would turn out but finally I made it yesterday for some guests coming over and Dassana every body was in praises and especially my husband who wanted more of it but unfortunately its was all over. It turned out extremely delicious and was healthy coz very little ghee i used and everybody wanted the recipe.

    Thank you so much dassana. I can thank you for my whole life.Thanks once again

    But just one query, while grating the halwa, should i sqeeze out the water and only put the lauki coz i had put it along with the water so it took me one hour.

    • says

      nice to know sunita that the lauki halwa was a super duper hit with your family and guests.

      when i make this halwa, i do not squeeze out the water. i just add the grated lauki with the milk and let it cook with the milk. it does take a lot of time approx 45 minutes to 1 hour when cooked on a low flame. you can cook it faster on a medium to high flame, but then you have to continuously watch over it. i prefer slow cooking method as i can do other things at the same time with an occasional stirring to the halwa.

      you can also microwave the lauki halwa and the halwa will be done in less than 15 minutes. but remember to use a deep microwave safe bowl so that the frothing milk does not spill out.

      another method to make the halwa is too saute the lauki in ghee first and then add milk or khoya and sugar. with this method, the texture and taste of the halwa will be a little different from this one. but this method of making lauki halwa will be a quicker one.

      thanks dear for so much of gratitude and appreciation. i really feel good at heart.

      • sunita sil says

        Thanks for the quick reply but i think no gain without gain, thats why my halwa was so loved and the credit goes to you only, thanks again and always keep posting lovely recipes with tasty pictures so that the hardest of recipes looks easier as you do.
        take care and today will be my day of making aloo bature and punjabi chol and am confident that with yr step instuctions it will come out double duper hit.

    • dassana says

      sharyn, i just found out through wikipedia that bottle gourd is also known as calabash. its not only found in india but other countries too. here is what wikipedia has to say about calabash.

      its light green in color with white flesh inside with seeds. the taste of bottle gourd is bland. its known for its healing properties. but recently i came to know that if the bottle gourd tastes bitter, than one should avoid it as it can be toxic to the body.