Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Lauki Ka Halwa (Dessert made from Bottle-gourd)

July – August is usually the time in the time of the year when my husband and I visit our hometown. Both his parents as well as mine reside in the same city, and hence one visit suffices the purpose. This year, the visit was more special since I met my grandmother (paternal) after a gap of 1 ½ years. Usually she stays with my Uncle in a different city, and her health does not permit her to travel very often.
Post marriage, my interest in cooking has increased and whenever I meet my Mom, I always request her to prepare some of the recipes she specializes in, and which my brother and I loved as kids. Even now, when my brother and I get together, we reminisce those days when every Sunday was made special by my Mom’s culinary skills. And not just my Mom, my Dad as well. Yes, he is a great cook, and some of the recipes are still made usually by him – this halwa for instance.
Lauki (or Dudhi / Doodhi / Ghiya /Bottle gourd) halwa is popular in some parts of India. But I have met very few people who have heard of the same. The more popular use of Lauki is as a vegetable – whether in a curry or when added to dal / legumes.
At my parents’ place, the Lauki halwa is prepared usually in summers when the more popular Gajar ka Halwa cannot be prepared due to seasonal constraints – the red juicy carrots are available only in winters. And like I mentioned earlier, it is prepared by my Dad. I was reminded of it during this visit (he had saved some especially for me!), and I made it yesterday for post dinner dessert.


Ingredients:
1 small Lauki / Bottle gourd, peeled and grated (will yield approx 4 cups)
Milk – ½ litre
Sugar – ¾ cups (can be increased / decreased as per taste)
Ghee (Clarified Butter) – approx 2 -3 tbsp (can be increased as per taste. But will result in more calories!)

Method:
- Add the milk and the grated lauki and heat it in a kadhai / heavy bottomed pan. Keep stirring in between to ensure that it doesnot stick to the bottom.
- Reduce the heat when the milk has dried up (this should take approx 20 minutes), and the mixture reduces to a lump.
- Add the ghee and the sugar. The mixture will become slightly fluid once the sugar melts
- Stir it till the mixture changes color, and all the moisture has dried
- Garnish with almonds, and serve hot.

This is my entry to the August's Family Recipes Event hosted by the Spiced Life.

10 comments:

  1. M!! You cant write about lauki ka halwa? OK u just did.
    Actually, I dont like LKH too much. Prefer moong daal or suji or gajar :) yum! But all the best for your entry!

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  2. wow halwa made with bottlegourd? havent ehard of that before..interesting, I should try it out sometime.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  3. Dessert out of Bottel gourd... Very different and delicious!

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  4. You can also use courgette (zucchini) to make this if you cannot find lauki. I make a very similar recipe, but I then freeze it to make halwa ice cream! It's really good, you can see pictures here, on my blog: http://mangosoup.blogspot.com/2009/08/courgette-halwa-ice-cream.html

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  5. Lovely post, the halwa looks very tempting ! First time here you have a cool space...

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  6. What a great coincidence! I just finished making some carrot halwa, it's oh so good. Your flavorings look fantastic!

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  7. What a fabulous submission! I am always making my mom cook with me (for me) when she is around as well. Thanks so much for participating.

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  8. Yummy halwa.Love it .I make it almost the same way.Pls check http://savorindian.blogspot.com/2013/08/doodhi-halwa-lauki-halwa.html

    Enjoy :)

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