Dudhi Ka Halwa


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.


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