Do you feel homesick? A friend asked soon after I came back from India. The ever beautiful weather, the good food and more importantly all the friends and family gathered in a single city. All feels so heartwarming. I call America home and I call India home. And maybe that’s ok that I have more than one home. More than one place where I feel deeply rooted and connected. Truthfully though no matter where we go, my home is always right where my hubby and my girls are. As long as I am with them, I have everything that I always wanted.
The usual Lauki Halwa or Dudhi Halwa needs a long preparation time. The Milk used needs to be reduced to half while stirring continuously. If you are making this type of dessert for a party then your hands are going to speak up the next day. I tried to find a short cut for the original recipe because these days who doesn’t like a short cut right?
- Lauki/Dudhi/Bottle Gourd 1 medium grated
- Evaporated Milk 1 cup (additional 1/2 cup if you want this as a kheer)
- Condensed Milk 3 to 5 Tbsp (If you don’t like it very sweet keep it at 3)
- Ghee/ Clarified Butter 2 Tbsp
- Cardamom 3 deseeded
- Saffron a pinch
- Roasted Almonds or Pistachios for garnish
- Grate Lauki/Bottle Gourd and keep aside for a few minutes.
- Press the grated Lauki/Bottle Gourd using both your hands so as to remove as much water from Lauki/Bottle Gourd as possible.
- Melt Ghee/Clarified butter in a large sauce pan and saute Lauki/Bottle Gourd for a few minutes stirring occasionally. If it sticks to the pan, it will burn so keep stirring.
- Once tender, add Evaporated Milk and let it come to boil.
- Add Condensed Milk, Saffron and Cardamom and let cook for another 3 minutes or so.
- Remove the pan from heat and let it cool.
- The consistency will be like Kheer at this point.
- Refrigerate for couple of hours and the mixture will thicken making it Halwa which is thicker than Kheer.