lauki halwa recipe | dudhi halwa recipe, how to make lauki ka halwa recipe

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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 ofcarrots, 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: lauki halwa recipe

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 lauki chana dal, lauki paratha 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 ¼th of the lauki to make dhansak and kept the remaining ¾th 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 recipe

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.

dudhi halwa recipe, lauki halwa recipe

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

dudhi halwa or lauki halwa recipe below:

lauki halwa recipe, dudhi halwa recipe
4.63 from 8 votes

lauki halwa recipe | dudhi halwa recipe

lauki halwa or dudhi halwa recipe - sweet indian dessert made from bottle gourd.
course desserts
cuisine indian
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 45 minutes
total time 1 hour
servings 4
rough calories per serving 343 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 2 cups tightly packed grated lauki or 450 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 tablespoons sugar - for a more taste, increase to 8 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
  • 5 to 6 green cardamoms - powdered or crushed (chotti elaichi or hari elaichi) or ½ to 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 10 to 12 almonds (badam), chopped
  • 10 to 12 cashews (kaju), chopped
  • 1 tablespoons raisins - optional

how to make recipe

  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. at this step you can add raisins (optional). 

  12. serve lauki halwa hot or you can also serve the lauki halwa cold.

recipe notes


  • 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.


dassana amit
i started in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. a home science degree course further enhanced my cooking and baking skills professionally along with an internship in a five star hotel. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

all the 1800 recipes posted on blog are tried and tested and made healthy wherever possible. the recipes are detailed and with step by step pictures that will easily help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food.

59 thoughts on “lauki halwa recipe | dudhi halwa recipe, how to make lauki ka halwa recipe

  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 recipes

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

  2. Can we add jaggery instead of sugar

    • with jaggery, the milk can curdle.

  3. Should I throw away the halwa as the milk has split or can I eat it

    • avoid eating. it can use stomach troubles.

  4. Your recipes have been so helpful and specially for someone like me who is newly wed and wants to impress the in laws 😛. Thank you and hope to see more of your recipes 👍

    • Welcome Avinash. Glad to know that recipes are helping you.

  5. Hi!
    When I make halwa, my milk curdles. Can you please tell me the reason and the way to avoid it?

    • use fresh and full fat milk. milk can be at room temperature or chilled.

  6. hi…
    I tried making dudhi ka halwa by adding ghee first then saute shreeded dudhi then added milk but milk spilled …it has happened twice plz help in finding the reason

    • i make both lauki kheer and lauki halwa. never the milk has got split. one reason can that the milk is not fresh enough. and second reason could be that the lauki is not yet ripe. hope this helps.

  7. Hi, all your recipes are very easy to make and the snaps you upload were very helpful. Thanks, keep posting new recipes.

    • pleased to know this thank you ashwini 🙂 glad our food pics would help you.will keep posting new recipes.

  8. Hii today i tried the besan laddu recipe n i wnt to thank u bcz m 0 in cooking but when i served the dish to my cousins they are so impressed wid me nd all the credit goes to u…thanx nd plz keep sharing more recipies ☺

    • glad to know this thankyou surya for your positive feedback 🙂

  9. I just love your recipes…they are so helpful and especially the images….I get appreciated as I cook new recipes shared by you….hats off to you…share some brocolli recipes…please..

    • thanks shifali. nice to know that whatever you make from the blog, gets appreciated. the pics do help, but finally its you doing the cooking and i must commend you for that 🙂

      i will add broccoli recipes soon.

  10. Hi dassana
    ur recipes are awesome. I always in search of simple recipe which u have
    m zero in cooking.
    but u do a great job .

    • thankyou alia pleased to know this and you are always welcome 🙂

  11. Can we use condensed milk instead of milk, if yes is it required to add sugar then?

    • you can use condensed milk. no need to add sugar then.

  12. Hi,
    Your recipes are a great help…

    I noticed most of the vrat recipes don’t have pics to show the method… the pics are really helpful.

    • thanks nidhi. yes some of the vrat recipes do not have stepwise pics. usually initially for difficult recipes, i would add step wise pics. but later i started adding for all. i will update these recipes too one by one with step wise pics.

  13. Hi Dassana.

    Lovely recipe. Can I add condensed milk instead of sugar.

    Thank you

    • thanks. yes you can add condensed milk instead of sugar.

  14. Thanks for finally writing about lauki halwa or dudhi halwa recipe, how to make lauki halwa recipe loved it!

    • teena thankyou 🙂 and you are welcome.

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

    • welcome nisha

  16. 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

    • welcome arusha. glad to know this. whats better than home grown vegetables. thanks for sharing your positive feedback.

  17. 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..

    • thanks shalini for your kind words and positive feedback on recipes.

  18. Super halwa sir can know frm Wich state u r….

    • thanks rashmi.

  19. 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

    • welcome prachi. good to know your experience. thanks for sharing positive feedback on halwa.

  20. Just yummy lovely .i wish to add kesar

    • thanks sufia. yes you can add kesar.

  21. 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…

    • welcome poornima

  22. Sweet, yummy recipe Thanks

    • welcome pravina

  23. 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.

    • welcome katya. glad to know that you liked the blog. do visit often and share your feedback. any query then do ask.

  24. 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 🙂

    • thanks garima for this motivating comment. such comments really makes a difference and motivate me.

  25. Thanks for the wonderful and easy recipe 🙂 I tried this halwa for the first time and turned out absolutely yumm 🙂

    • thanks for the feedback prachi.

    • 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 🙂

  26. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • thanks sunita for the taking the time out to comment on the recipes you have tried.

  27. I remember i have this during Diwali when we lived in Goa-india, yum

  28. What in the world is bottle gourd? I don’t know it by its Indian name either, so I am stumped. Is it something native to India?

    • 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.

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