Lauki Ka Halva Recipe | How to Make Lauki Ka Halva
Lauki ka halva is an Indian sweet made during festivals and in the winter season. It is also known as doodhi in Marathi and bottle gourd in english. During Navratri few vegetables like lauki (bottle gourd), kaddu (pumpkin), carrot and radish are allowed to eat. So lauki ka halva is also cooked during Navratri fasting time. But again this depends on your family tradition. So ask before making during fasting days.
First of all, peel the bottle gourd and wash it nicely. Now grate it in bigger size grater. Do not squeeze its water. I realized squeezing water makes them tasteless until you are making stuff parathas.
Heat a heavy bottom pan on medium heat. To this add ghee and grated lauki. Keep stirring it till the raw smell of lauki goes away and all the water from lauki is evaporated. This takes 6-8 minutes, by this time lauki is reduced in amount.
Now add milk and sugar. Cook it on high flame for 10 minutes, adding sugar makes it very thin which takes time to evaporate and keep stirring occasionally. Scrap the milk solid from all the sides of the pan.
It will start thickening, add all the chopped dry fruits and cardamom powder. Mix well and cook on medium heat. At this time keep stirring it otherwise halva can burn at the bottom.
When the halva started leaving the sides of the pan means it is ready.
Turn off the flame and let the lauki ka halva cool down before serving. Garnish with some chopped dry fruits and enjoy.
This halva is prepared purely for fasting days.
You can replace the half milk quantity with khoya. This will cook even faster.
In the same way, you can make halva in a bigger quantity.