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Lauki ka halwa recipe with step by step photos. Lauki halwa or Dudhi halwa is a sweet Indian dessert made from bottle gourd or opo squash. Bottle gourd is known as lauki or ghiya in hindi and dudhi in marathi. So this Indian dessert is known by the name lauki halwa or dudhi halwa. You can make this lauki halwa during religious fasting days also like Navratri fast or Ekadashi.

lauki halwa recipe

I make sweet halwa with three vegetables – carrots, beetroot and lauki. But to tell you a fact, I have also learnt how to make potato halwa during my home science days.

Lauki halwa is easy to make but takes some time. Like gajar halwa, lauki halwa also has to be stirred continuously. There are two ways of making lauki halwa. Either cook lauki directly in milk or saute lauki first in some ghee and then cook in milk. Making dudhi halwa takes time, so make it when cooking something else in the kitchen.

I have sauteed the lauki in ghee first and then cooked in milk. This lauki halwa recipe does not need any addition of khoya or mawa. In the process of cooking lauki with milk, the milk begins to evaporate and reduce, so you don’t need to add mawa or khoya.

This method of making halwa with 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.

Tips to make good lauki halwa

1. One issue which happens when making lauki halwa is that the milk gets curdled. To stop preventing the milk from getting curdled, use full cream milk or full fat milk. Do not use low fat milk or skimmed milk. make sure the milk is fresh and in its shelf period. You can even use pasteurized milk or homogenised milk.

2. Use lauki which has a neutral taste. It can be bland, but should not be sour or bitter. always avoid lauki which tastes bitter as it is poisonous and dangerous for the body.

3. if in case the milk gets curdled, then no need to panic. Continue to cook the halwa on a medium to medium-high flame so that the water or whey evaporates. Cooking this way will eventually cook the lauki, thicken the halwa and you will get coagulated milk solids aka tiny paneer granules in the halwa and this halwa tastes good too.

4. Simmer and cook lauki halwa on a low to medium-low flame. Stir often when cooking halwa so that the halwa does not stick or get browned from the base.

5. Use a heavy kadai or pan, so that the halwa gets cooked uniformly and do not brown or burn from the bottom.

Since winters have arrived, what better way to warm yourself up by having a nice bowl of Hot LaUki halwa.

How to make dudhi halwa

1. Firstly rinse, peel and grate 300 grams lauki. Before grating taste the lauki. If it tastes sour or bitter then discard and do not cook it. You will need 2 cups tightly packed grated lauki.

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2. Heat 4 tablespoons ghee in a heavy pan or kadai on medium-low to medium flame. Use a large kadai so that milk does not splutter outside when cooking halwa.

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3. Add the grated lauki.

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4. Mix grated lauki very well with the ghee.

making lauki halwa recipe

5. On a low to medium-low flame begin to saute the lauki. Stir often when sauteing lauki.

making lauki halwa recipe

6. Saute lauki till the moisture dries.

making lauki halwa recipe

7. Then add 2 cups full-fat milk.

making lauki halwa recipe

8. Mix very well.

making lauki halwa recipe

9. Continue to cook on a low to medium-low flame till the milk comes to a boil. In between do stir at times.

making lauki halwa recipe

10. The milk will start boiling. At this step be attentive and keep on stirring, so that the milk does not spill from the pan.

making lauki halwa recipe

11. Stirring often continue to cook.

making lauki halwa recipe

12. Cook till ¾ or 75% of the milk has reduced and absorbed.

making lauki halwa recipe

13. Add sugar and mix well.

making lauki halwa recipe

14. Next add 3 tablespoons chopped nuts (almonds, pistachios, cashews) and ½ to 1 teaspoon cardamom powder. You can even add 2 to 3 teaspoons of rose water or kewra water if you want.

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15. Mix very well.

making lauki halwa recipe

16. Stirring often cook till the halwa mixture starts coming together and thickens.

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17. The dudhi halwa will gradually thicken and you will see some ghee being released from the sides. There should not be any liquid in the dudhi halwa.

lauki halwa recipe, dudhi halwa recipe

18. Then switch off the flame and add 1 tablespoon raisins. Adding raisins is optional.

lauki halwa recipe, dudhi halwa recipe

19. Mix very well.

lauki halwa recipe, dudhi halwa recipe

20. Garnish with some chopped nuts and serve lauki halwa hot or warm. Refrigerate remaining lauki halwa.

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Lauki Halwa

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Lauki halwa is also called as dudhi halwa. It is a rich Indian sweet made with bottle gourd (opo squash), milk, sugar and ghee. The method of making lauki halwa is similar to making gajar halwa. Making lauki halwa is easy but takes some time. This is a slow cooked halwa and what you get after minutes of slow cooking is super deliciousness. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Cuisine Indian
Course: Desserts

Servings 4
Units

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
  • 2 cups tightly packed grated lauki or 300 grams lauki (bottle gourd or dudhi)
  • 2 cups full fat milk, or 500 ml - milk should be boiled before and can be used at room temperature or chilled
  • 7 to 8 tablespoons sugar or add as required
  • 5 to 6 green cardamoms - powdered or crushed or ½ to 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons chopped nuts - almonds, cashews or pistachios
  • 1 tablespoons raisins - optional

Instructions

grating lauki

  • Firstly rinse, peel and grate 300 grams lauki. Before grating taste the lauki. If it tastes sour or bitter then discard and do not cook it. 
  • You will need 2 cups tightly packed grated lauki.

making lauki halwa

  • Heat 4 tablespoons ghee in a heavy pan or kadai on medium-low to medium flame. Use a large kadai so that milk does not splutter outside.
  • Add the grated lauki. Mix grated lauki very well with the ghee.
  • On a low to medium-low flame begin to saute the lauki. Stir often when sauteing lauki.
  • Saute lauki till the moisture dries. Then add 2 cups full-fat milk. mix very well.
  • Continue to cook on a low to medium-low flame till the milk comes to a boil. In between do stir at times.
  • The milk will start boiling. At this step be attentive and keep on stirring, so that the milk does not spill from the pan.
  • Stirring often continue to cook till ¾ or 75% of the milk has reduced and absorbed.
  • Add sugar and chopped nuts. Mix very well. you can even add 2 to 3 teaspoons of rose water or kewra water if you want at this step.
  • Stirring often cook till the halwa mixture starts coming together and thickens.
  • The lauki halwa will gradually thicken and you will see some ghee being released from the sides. There should not be any liquid in the dudhi halwa.
  • Then switch off the flame and add 1 tablespoon raisins. Adding raisins is optional. mix very well.
  • Garnish with some chopped nuts and serve lauki halwa hot or warm. Refrigerate remaining lauki halwa.

Notes

Tips for making dudhi halwa

  • Avoid using skimmed milk or toned milk as they may curdle.
  • Use only full-fat milk or whole milk. 
  • In case the milk splits, then continue to cook on a medium to medium-high flame stirring often, till most of the whey evaporates. Then add ghee, sugar and continue to cook on medium-low flame till all the halwa thickens and some ghee is released from the sides of the halwa. 
  • Sugar can be added less or more as per taste. 
  • A few saffron strands can also be added. 
  • You can add your choice of dry fruits and nuts.
  • You can add more ghee if you want. 
  • Use lauki which has a neutral taste. It can be bland, but should not be sour or bitter. always avoid lauki which tastes bitter as it is poisonous and dangerous for the body.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Serving: 4gCalories: 343kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 5gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 56mgPotassium: 371mgFiber: 1gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 600IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 183mgIron: 1.4mg

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  1. Hey Dassana.. I have been following your blog for long. You and your recipes are just awesome. I made this lauki halwa and it turned out to be perfect. The appreciation I got is because of you.
    Thanks and keep posting superb recipes5 stars

    1. Welcome Mallika. Glad to know that everyone liked lauki halwa recipe. Thanks for your kind words and positive feedback.

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