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Dudhi Halwa (Lauki halwa)

Dudhi Halwa or Lauki halwa is a rich, creamy Indian sweet flavoured with cardamon and made using bottle gourd, ghee, sugar and milk.
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Course: Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: MakeAheadPartyIdeas, PartyFood, Squash, Vegetables
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


  • Heavy Bottom Pan
  • Thick grater


  • 1 Dudhi/Lauki/Bottle Gourd grated 12 inches – roughly around 4 Cups
  • 2 Cup Full-Fat milk or 1 Cup Evaporated Milk
  • 2 tablespoon Ghee Clarified Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cardamom Powder
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped nuts I used almonds and Cashew


  • If using Milk, In a heavy bottom, pan add milk and let it come to a boil.
  • Once it starts boiling, on slow let the milk simmer for 10 minutes.
  • The milk should be thickened and reduce slightly.
  • In the meantime, peel and grate the dudhi. I have used a thick cut grater to grate the dudhi.
  • In a thick pot or Kadai (wok) add ghee.
  • Once hot add the dudhi and cook on medium for around 4-5 minutes until it becomes a bit soft.
  • Add the reduced milk or the evaporated milk to the dudhi and let the dudhi cook along with milk on slow.
  • Keep stirring the mixture until it reduces and the milk is almost evaporated.
  • Now add the sugar and cook again on slow.
  • The sugar will melt and the mixture would be watery again.
  • Cook again, stirring continuously until the sugar has completely mixed into it and the mixture is not watery.
  • Switch off, and add the cardamom powder and Chopped Nuts.
  • It’s ready. Serve it hot or cold as you like.


  • Standard US Size Cups used
  • Use Full-fat milk for best results.
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