Thursday, May 7, 2009

Lauki ka Halwa(Sorakaaya/Bottlegourd halwa)

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The other day i was just checking my drafts and came through this post which was pending in my drafts from so many days and was seeking my attention.I had prepared this on the occasion of my FIL's Birthday last month.
Hubby is not a great fan of this vegetable and as long as he does not recognize its form in any food stuff he does not mind eating it,otherwise its a big no....no to this vegetable.But considering the health benefits of this vegetable i try to include this in our daily food in various forms like in vegetable juices,koftas,parathas,rotti's,kheer and halwa.

I tasted this for the first time at my friends place,till then i did not even know that one can prepare halwa even with lauki.I just fell in love with the bright green color of this lovely halwa which is quite different from the regular halwa's.(It retains its green color if it is not cooked for a long time). I prepared this halwa in a similar manner like how i prepare carrot halwa, the outcome was just out standing and this just melts in the mouth and i hope it would also taste fantastic with Ice cream......and here comes the recipe.

Ingredients:
1 Lauki(bottle gourd) peeled,de-seeded and grated
1 cup milk
1/2 tin Condensed milk(200ml approx)
4 tbsp Sugar(add it accordingly)
2 tbsp chopped cashew nuts
2 tbsp flaked almonds
2 tbsp flaked pistachios
2 tbsp raisins
4 tbsp ghee
cherries for decoration(optional)



Method:
Add milk and grated bottle gourd to the cooker.Close cooker and bring to full pressure on high heat and remove cooker immediately from heat.
Release the pressure immediately and open it(or you can cook the lauki in milk on a stove top which is bit time consuming).
Place the cooker on high heat,add sugar and condensed milk and cook until the liquid dries up(approx for 15-20 mins) stirring occasionally.
Add ghee and cook till ghee separates from the mixture(this takes approx 10 mins),stirring constantly.
Heat ghee in a small pan fry cashews and raisins and add this to the halwa,add flaked badam/almonds and pistachios and mix everything.

Serve hot garnished with flaked almonds and pistachios.(I used a cherry also in the picture) or with ice cream.

I am sending this to the event Mithai Mela hosted by srivalli of Cooking 4 all seasons.

58 comments:

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely recipe...yummy too.....i too have posted it long back....please do participate in my mom's day event...do check my blog

Lavanya said...

sorakaya halwa looks yummy prathi..nice pics!!

Pavithra said...

Oh wow everyone are tempting me like posting halwa and sweet dishes.. Me too do this it really looking so yummy ,creamy, lovely post and pictures prathiba..

Pavithra said...

Just now i noticed condensed milk, i have never added it only full cream milk and sugar , definitely it tastes diff and rich too

Pooja said...

yummy halwa..

Vishali said...

thats amazing Pratibha.....it so delish! few days back i made lauki ka kheer will post it sometime....and sure will try it this way next time.

Asha said...

Looks delicious, very festive. Love it too. Since I grow very many Laukis in Summer, I try different recipes with this veg! :)

Valarmathi said...

Addition of condensed milk should have given more taste. Looks yummy.

Ushanandini said...

Halwa is creamy and yummy Prabha! I love that original colour! Lovely pics

Padma said...

Lovely halwa... and that too with condensed milk ... it is tempting me to go try now itself :)

Renu said...

I always cooked lauki and milk in open pan it took for ever....I like your tip of cooking in a pressure cooker..BTW nice picture

Happy cook said...

Wow i didn' tknow we could make halwa with this veg, looks really yumm and love the colour.

littletastebuds said...

New recipe for me.yummy..will try soon.

Archy said...

halwa is tempting me to scoop a bit :)!! nice pics with sweet recipe !!

Gita's Kitchen said...

Delicious halwa Prathibha, new to me. It looks wonderful with all the toppings and lovely color :)

Cham said...

That is the tasty way to eat the veggie :)

Uma said...

love the halwa Prathibha! Got a pretty color. Yummy :)

Bhawna said...

Lauki ka halwa looks too yummy and tempting. It took me back to my place when mom use to made it for me while fasting during navratris. Thanks for refreshing my memory.

Bhawna said...

Lauki ka halwa looks too yummy and tempting. It took me back to my place when mom use to made it for me while fasting during navratris. Thanks for refreshing my memory.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

wow nice colorful halwa... After the feast I had now I think dessert would be just perfect for me...

Prathibha said...

Thank you all for your lovely words...

Varsha Vipins said...

Saw this first during my hosting of FRFRU desserts..Loved ur presntation Pratibha..:)

Smitha said...

We Indian really know to make good desserts out of anything and everything. I think that's great. Don't u agree. Nice recipe Prathiba

Pooja said...

Wow lovely halwa! Unique recipe..I love this :) Perfect for any occasion :)

Prathibha said...

Thank you varsha and pooja..

@smitha i agree with you gal....we can create anything from everything..haha

ARUNA said...

wah re wah.....never tried lauki ka halwa....my moth is watering Prathibha!

Pragati said...

wonderful blog and yummy halwa recipe. Love your pumpkin creations also.

Prathibha said...

Thanks aruna for that expression, it really taste like that only...


@Pragati..Thanks a lot for visiting my blog n for your words gal..

a2zvegetariancuisine said...

Prathibha
Very nice halwa recipe. Lovely blog with lot of wonderful recipes.

Mangala Bhat said...

wowowowo ! thanks for visitng ...
hey u have a wonderful blog ....this one is my fav ..Thanks for sharing :)

Varunavi said...

lovely halwa,heard of this but never tasted :)

Yasmeen said...

Scrumptious halwa,I sometimes make kheer with it:)

Kitchen Flavours said...

This is my favourite.......Looks completely yum.....

Suparna said...

Hey Pratibha,
look at what u've turned the boring vegetable into...it's looking amazing hard to believe it's lauki....I love lauki in any form but the look of it is so boring :) it take me a while to get started with it. Hmmm...richly dressed up halwa great clicks.
TC

Vrinda said...

Never heard of this halwa...sounds great...

Madhumathi said...

Halwa looks scrumptious..

Prathibha said...

Thank you all gals..

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

Atlast ,I was able to open you blog hehe... Bottle guard halwa is new and interesting. It looks so yummy .You have an awesome blog buddy.

AnuSriram said...

Sounds delicious! With all almonds, pistachios, cashews and raisins together, sure... it would have tasted heavenly!

Priya said...

Gorgeous Halwa Prathibha, its in my to do list since long...tempting halwa!

Prathibha said...

@Dhanya..Thanks for visiting my blog finally buddy..Keep Visiting lol...

Thank you Anu,priya.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Nice space Prathibha! But I remember once I did visit here but may be forgot to leave a comment. Bottlegourd halwa tats amazing!

Le @HC said...

Great treat with Icecream, isnt it.. Yumm...

Charlotte said...

I am not sure that I even know where to get bottle gourd.

Prathibha said...

@sharmilee..Thanks for finally leaving the comment lo..ha ha..just kidding...Thanks for visiting lol..

@Le@HC thanks

Raaga said...

lovely :) I made this once in the microwave, but the entire thing got burnt... have not tried again... will do.

veggie belly said...

never had anything like this before..sounds yummy and unique!

Food Fanatic said...

interesting :)

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. Halwa looks really yummy & awesome.. thxs for sharing.. great click as well.

Prathibha said...

Thank you all for visiting my blog and passing those lovely words

Premyscakes said...

looks great and very much tempting.

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

Thanks for visiting my space. Your space looks wonderful.. nice collection of recipes!

I have seen this halwa in many blogs..haven't tried yet.. will sure give it a try.. looks delicious!

Sujatha said...

have tasted this halwa in a friend's place.. and always wanted to try this on my own ever since.. but haven't had a chance yet.. yours is tempting me.. will soon try this..

Sharmi said...

I have never made this halwa! looks delicious!

Sharmi said...

I have never made this halwa! looks delicious!

Prathibha said...

Thank you premy,sujatha.

Thank you Madhu n Sharmi for visiting my blog and leaving those lovely words.

Jenni Malsingh said...

Mmm, looks good, and it has vegetables in it so it must be healthy, right?! I make halwa with courgette (zucchini) in a similar way, and then freeze it to make halwa ice cream - it sounds strange but tastes amazing! See pictures on my blog: http://mangosoup.blogspot.com/2009/08/courgette-halwa-ice-cream.html

Brian Taylor said...

How to make Lauki Ka Halwa at home visit for Recipe - Click Here


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