Friday, November 27, 2015

Dudhi Halwa

Dudhi Halwa (or Lauki Halwa in Hindi) is a delicious dessert made from bottle gourd/calabash/squash. In India, my mom makes halwa at least once a week and over the years, I learned the recipe through her. The great thing about this dessert is that it requires only a few ingredients and it doesn't take too long to make!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serving: 4

  • 2 cups of dudhi, peeled and shredded (remove the seeds before shredding)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 to 5 threads of saffron (soaked in 1 teaspoon of warm milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground cardamon seeds
  • 2 tablespoons almonds, peeled and sliced (boil the almonds for 2 to 3 minutes to remove the skin)
  • Edible silver leaf/Vark (optional)

  1. Remove the water from the shredded dudhi buy squeezing it out. Set aside about 2 packed cups of dudhi
  2. Boil 2 cups of milk in a pot until it reduces to about 1 cup and set aside
  3. Melt the ghee in a frying pan on medium heat, add dudhi and saute until it is tender.
  4. Pour in the milk to the bring dudhi milk mix to a boil
  5. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the mixture becomes thick, stir occasionally in between to prevent sticking
  6. Add sugar, cardamon, saffron and 1 1/2 spoons sliced almonds. Stir continuously until the mixture gets to a consistency of a soft sticky dough. It will take about 4 to 5 minutes.
  7. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon sliced almonds
  8. Apply silver leaf/vark on top of the halwa (optional)
  9. Serve hot or at room temperature

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