i know of three veggies which we at home often make halwa of – carrots, beetroot and lauki (bottle gourd). but to tell you a fact, i have also learnt how to make potato halwa during my home science days.
anyways coming back to bottle gourd, also known as lauki in hindi and dudhi in marathi. this sweet indian dessert is known as lauki halwa or dudhi halwa.
whenever i see lauki (bottle gourd) in the fridge, i get lost as to what i should make from it. either i make this healthy spanish style bottle gourd soup or end up making a simple bottle gourd stir fry with chana dal 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 a dessert.
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.
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.
lauki ka halwa recipe details below: