Recipe: Doodhi Ka Halwav


Navratri food is always about being healthy and experimental. So this season, forget the famous kuttu ka halwa and try bottle gourd (Lauki ka Halwa). The aromatic flavor of desi ghee and cardamom powder will make you forget the calorie count and you will crave for more of this easy dessert recipe that is totally Indian in taste.
Lauki (bottle gourd) 300 gms
Milk 500 ml
Sugar 20 gms
Khoya 5 gms
Kishmish 2 gms
Cashewnuts 2 gms
Saffron 5 strands
Desi ghee 5 gms
Cardamom powder 1 gm

1. Remove the outer skin of bottle gourd (lauki) and grate it.
2. Squeeze to remove excess water.
3. Heat 3 grams of desi ghee in a handi.
4. Add the grated lauki and saute for few minutes till it starts to get translucent.
5. Now add milk and stir, till the milk boils and starts reducing.
6. Keep stirring as the lauki has to be mashed in the milk and the milk gets completely reduced, this might take 20-30 minutes.

7. Now add sugar and stir till the sugar dissolves completely.

 8. Soak the saffron in luke warm water for 10 minutes and add to the halwa.
 9. Heat the remaining desi ghee in a small pan and once it is heated, pour over the halwa , mix moderately so that the desi ghee flavor gets infused.
 10. You can either fry the raisins and cashew nuts or soak them in luke warm water, once done add to the halwa.
 11. Finish with cardamom powder

12. Serve hot.

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