Saturday, 7 October 2017

Lauki Halwa - दुधी हलवा (without condensed milk)

Simple and quick halwa that makes a great traditional dessert and also can be consumed during fasting. You can also make it beforehand and store in fridge and serve cold or after reheating. I prefer cold one, but if you don't want the frozen ghee bits, you can also reheat and serve.

Also in this halwa, we will not use any condensed milk, but just regular full cream milk. I avoid using condensed milk in sweets, due to its very high sugar content. Also ready availability of regular milk is another reason.




Ingredients:
1. 1 medium sized lauki/दुधी (such that you get lauki grate of 1 big bowl)
2. 1 cup full cream milk (use your regular milk unless it is low fat)
3. 2 tbsp cashew pieces
4. 2 tbsp kish-mish
5. 5 tbsp ghee
6. 3/4 cup sugar

Preparation:
1. Peel and grate lauki. Press with hand and remove the juice. Discard the juice. Grated lauki should now just be damp and no juice in it.
2. Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a deep pan and fry cashew pieces till golden brown and keep aside. In same ghee fry kish-mish and keep aside
3. Now in same pan add grated lauki and roast it on low flame stirring continuously. After it becomes some more dry in another 3-4 mins, add the remaining ghee and keep roasting.
4. Once the lauki starts changing color and starts becomes translucent, add sugar and mix well.
5. Continue to cook, stirring always till the moisture evaporates
6. Add milk now and keep stirring. Slowly the milk will start to get thick and will show up in the halwa. Keep cooking till milk thickens completely
7. Off the flame and add fried cashew and kish-mish and mix gently

Serve hot or store in fridge for chilling!









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