BOTTLE GOURD HALWA / DOODHI KA HALWA / SOREKAI HALWA

No celebration is complete without a sweet treat..isn't it ? Last week my blog crossed 1 lac page views.To mark the day , i wanted to post " Bottlegourd Halwa / Lauki Halwa ". But my plans got whitewashed coz of kids vacation since i've became busy running behind them.Part and parcel of life..without cribbing about the delay...find happiness and enjoy each moment should be the funda..Hmm..glad that i could share with you all the recipe of this yummy dessert at least today...

BOTTLE GOURD HALWA / DOODHI KA HALWA / SOREKAI HALWA

Bottle Gourd halwa , also known as Doodhi halwa / lauki halwa / sorekayi halwa or etc etc in various parts of India,is a famous traditional Indian dessert. Strange that, many people who hate bottle gourd ,love bottle gourd in halwa form.No points for guessing how scrumptious this dessert tastes.Preparation of this halwa varies slightly from region to region ;but be assured whichever method it be, the final outcome is sure to get a big thumbs up.It does not require any expert cooking skills too.

health benefits.Including bottle gourd in our diet reduces fatigue and maintains freshness especially in summer.Its a natural body cooler as it has good moisture content.So are you ready to jot down the recipe of ideal refreshing dessert for summer " Bottle Gourd Halwa "..

No celebration is complete without a sweet treat..isn't it ? Last week my blog crossed 1 lac page views.To mark the day , i wanted to post " Bottlegourd Halwa / Lauki Halwa ". But my plans got whitewashed coz of kids vacation since i've became busy running behind them.Part and parcel of life..withou...

BOTTLE GOURD / DOODHI HALWA

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Ingredients

Bottle Gourd
2 1/2 glass
Sugar (depending on your pref )
1-1 1/2 glass
Khova /Khoya / Mawa
100 gm
Ghee ( Can add or reduce this quantity )
2-4 tbsps
Citric Acid crystals /Nimbu ka phool / Nimbu uppu
a pinch
Saffron Streaks - few
Cardamom Powder
1 tsp
Nuts - raisins,cashew,badam ; as much as you like

Steps

  1. BOTTLE GOURD HALWA / DOODHI KA HALWA / SOREKAI HALWA
    Wash ,peel the skin and grate bottle gourd using a grater.
    BOTTLE GOURD HALWA / DOODHI KA HALWA / SOREKAI HALWA
  2. Soak saffron in warm milk and keep aside .
    BOTTLE GOURD HALWA / DOODHI KA HALWA / SOREKAI HALWA
  3. Heat a tsp of ghee in a thick bottom kadai / pan and saute raisins ,cashews and almonds in it ,one by one.When they turn golden brown remove and keep aside.
    BOTTLE GOURD HALWA / DOODHI KA HALWA / SOREKAI HALWA
  4. To the same kadai, add 1 tbsp of ghee and add grated bottle gourd .Saute it for 3-5 mins on medium flame, till the raw smell goes.
    BOTTLE GOURD HALWA / DOODHI KA HALWA / SOREKAI HALWA
  5. Add sugar.Mix well.The sugar - gourd mixture will leave water.Cook uncovered on medium flame and keep mixing in between to avoid sticking to the bottom .Let the bottle gourd cook and water be almost evaporated.This will take 5-8 mins.
    BOTTLE GOURD HALWA / DOODHI KA HALWA / SOREKAI HALWA
  6. Now,add Khoya ,saffron and ghee. Mix well.
    BOTTLE GOURD HALWA / DOODHI KA HALWA / SOREKAI HALWA
  7. When the halwa becomes thick and looks like jam ( the mixture becomes one big mass),turn off the stove.
  8. Add roasted nuts ,cardamom powder and citric acid crystals.Mix well.
    BOTTLE GOURD HALWA / DOODHI KA HALWA / SOREKAI HALWA
    BOTTLE GOURD HALWA / DOODHI KA HALWA / SOREKAI HALWA
    Thats it..Bottle gourd halwa is ready...Enjoy it hot / warm / cold..Stays good when refrigerated up to 10 days.
    BOTTLE GOURD HALWA / DOODHI KA HALWA / SOREKAI HALWA
    BOTTLE GOURD HALWA / DOODHI KA HALWA / SOREKAI HALWA

NOTE:

  • Choose tender bottle gourds to make halwa.If you find bottle gourd seeds are tight and grown, remove it before grating.
  • Grate and start cooking bottle gourd immediately, as they tend to become brown fast .
  • If you don't have Khoya , you can replace it with condensed milk or fresh cream.
  • If you don't have saffron , you can add a pinch of food color.

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