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 greencardamoms/chotti elaichi, powdered or crushed
½ cup chopped almonds/badam and cashews/kaju
How to make lauki ka halwa
. In a kadai or deep pan combine milk and grated lauki or bottle gourd.
. Bring the whole mixture to a boil and then lower the flame.
. Simmer the mixture on a low flame and keep on stirring in between.
. The bottle gourd will cook in the milk and the milk will start to reduce and evaporate.
. When the milk has 75% reduced, add crushed cardamom, chopped almonds and cashew nuts to the mixture.
. Add ghee when the all the milk has evaporated.
. Mix the ghee with the rest of the mixture and cook for a minute
. Lastly add the sugar and mix it with the halwa.
. The sugar will melt and the halwa becomes a little liquidy.
. Cook the lauki halwa for a few minutes. do keep on stirring the lauki halwa.
. When you know by looking at the lauki halwa that the consistency is just right, switch off the burner.
. Serve lauki halwa hot or you can also serve the lauki halwa cold.