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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 , 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 “..

Check Out the Video recipe here :


Smitha Kalluraya
Creamy delcious Halwa / Pudding made from Bottle gourd
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


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


  • Wash ,peel the skin and grate bottle gourd using a grater.
  • Soak saffron in warm milk and keep aside .
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Now,add Khoya ,saffron and ghee. Mix well.
  • When the halwa becomes thick and looks like jam ( the mixture becomes one big mass),turn off the stove.
  • Add roasted nuts ,cardamom powder and citric acid crystals.Mix well.Thats it..Bottle gourd halwa is ready...Enjoy it hot / warm / cold..Stays good when refrigerated up to 10 days.


  • 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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  • Reply
    techie ZM
    April 7, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Lovely and healthy..

  • Reply
    Linsy Patel
    April 7, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Delicious halwa.

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    prachi agarwal
    April 7, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    looks delicious

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    Sathya Priya
    April 7, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    tempting halwa .i usually dont add mawa to my halwas .adding of it will give a nice texture n lots of richeness to the halwa.Belated bday wishes to ur cutie.

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    April 7, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    yummy 🙂

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    Sony P
    April 7, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Tasty and healthy dessert….!!

  • Reply
    April 7, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Very tempting & very simple recipe. 🙂 I’ll try it this week sometime.Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    nandoos Kitchen
    April 7, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    delicious halwa..

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    Beulah Arun
    April 7, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Lovely yummy halwa!

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    Eliza Lincy
    April 7, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Halwa Looks So tempting. Healthy Recipe with nice clicks.

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    Priya Suresh
    April 7, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Wish i get a bowl of halwa, soo irresistiblee.

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    Gayathri Sathyanarayanan
    April 8, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Halwa looks yummy.

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    divya hr
    April 8, 2014 at 8:10 am

    I don’t use sugar. I always do it with jaggery. Same process though. That also tastes good.

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    April 8, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Its in my try list.looks mouthwatering Smitha 🙂

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    Swathi Iyer
    April 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Bottle gourd halwa looks delicious love it.

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    Resna Nishad
    April 8, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Delicious halwa.

  • Reply
    Maha Gadde
    April 9, 2014 at 1:39 am

    halwa yummy n pics r wonderful.

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    Radha Natarajan
    April 9, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Looking yummy:-) nice clicks

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    Nalini Somayaji
    April 9, 2014 at 11:14 am

    yemmy healthy Halwa…

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    Nalini Somayaji
    April 9, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Yemmy and healthy Halwa…

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    Mitha Hegde
    April 9, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Wow This looks so delicious.. Loved the clicks too.. Very tasty way of adding bottle gourd in our diet.. 🙂

  • Reply
    April 9, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I had this yesterday..looks so yummy & delicious ………..

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    FlavorsAnd ColorsByAparna
    April 11, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Superb halwa …looks yummy

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