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Lauki Ka Halwa (Bottle Gourd Pudding): Navratri Festival Recipe

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Lauki ka halwa (bottle gourd pudding)

Lauki ka halwa (bottle gourd pudding)

This bottle gourd dessert is often made for the Navratri Festival fast, when the consumption of certain foods is avoided. The ingredients used to prepare lauki ka halwa are permitted during this festival, and the results are truly delicous. In fact, many people prepare this pudding at other times of year, as well—not only for the Navratri Festival.

Do try it and share your experience.

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Cook Time

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20 min

30 min

50 min

3 to 4 servings


  • 500 grams lauki (bottle gourd), peeled annd grated (do not use bitter bottle gourd)
  • 75 grams sugar
  • 2 tablespoons desi ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons malai (fresh cream)
  • 6 to 8 almonds
  • 6 to 8 cashews
  • 1/2 teaspoon elaichi (cardamom powder)


  1. Add the grated lauki and milk to a kadahi. Cook on medium heat till the milk dries, about 10 minutes, stirring continuously.
  2. Add the sugar and mix well. Stir until it dissolves and cook till the water almost dries up, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the malai, cardamom powder and chopped nuts, reserving some for garnishing. Stir-cook until the water dries up again.
  4. Add the desi ghee and stir-roast for 2 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with the reserved nuts.

Lauki Ka Halwa (Bottle Gourd Pudding) Navratri Recipe

© 2021 Rajan Singh Jolly

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