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Authentic Doodhi Halwa Recipe. Tasteful Indian Traditional Bottle Gourd Pudding from Gujarat.

The traditional Indian Doodhi Halwa from Gujarat is a delicious dessert that you can have on fasting days. It is prepared with shredded bottle gourd.

Things to know About Doodhi Halwa Recipe.

Doodhi Halwa is an Indian dessert made of bottle gourd. Yes! You read it right.

Bottle gourd is a vegetable, and how can a dessert be made out of it?

But you won’t be able to recognize your not-so-favorite vegetable once you taste the Doodhi Halwa.

The Indian Traditional Bottle Gourd Pudding from Gujarat is also known as Lauki Halwa. Doodhi means bottle gourd, and halwa means pudding. Its preparation involves grating the bottle gourd and cooking it with milk, clarified butter, and sugar.

Chopped dry fruits and nuts enhance the taste. It is essential to use a bottle gourd that has a neutral taste. Else, it will curdle the milk and spoil your dessert.

Doodhi Halwa is a dish you can make and have on fasting days, such as Navratri. It is generally prepared during the winter season. A bowl of hot Doodhi Halwa will help you warm yourself in the chilling winds of winter.

Authentic Recipe of Doodhi Halwa. Indian Traditional Bottle Gourd Pudding from Gujarat

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: दूधी हलवा
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Main Cooking Method Only Sauté
Occasional Cooking Weekend Family Meal Recipes


Servings 4 servings
Calories / Serving 372 kcal


  • 2 cups Calabash – Bottle Gourd – Long Melon – New Guinea bean – Tasmania Bean Shredded- Tightly Packed Cup
  • 4 tbsps Clarified Butter
  • 2 cups Milk Whole
  • 8 tbsps White Sugar – Regular Sugar – Granulated Sugar
  • 5 units Green Cardamom Powder Powdered/Crushed
  • 2 tbsp Almond Chopped
  • 2 tbsp Cashew Chopped
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  • Rinse the bottle gourd, peel it and grate it finely.
  • Take a large heavy-bottomed pan and heat clarified butter in it.
  • Add the grated bottle gourd and combine it well with the clarified butter. Keep the flame low and keep on stirring the mixture. Sauté the bottle gourd till it becomes dry.
  • Next, add milk to the sauteed bottle gourd and mix everything well.
  • Keep stirring in between and cook it on low flame till the milk boils.
  • As soon as the milk starts to boil, stir the mixture and ensure that the milk doesn't spill.
  • Cook it till 75% of the milk is absorbed. At this point, add sugar and chopped dry fruits.
  • Combine everything well cooked till the mixture thickens and comes together.
  • When you see some clarified butter releasing from the sides, it indicates that the Doodhi Halwa is ready. Garnish with nuts and serve hot.
  • Enjoy your Indian Traditional Bottle Gourd Pudding from Gujarat. You can also keep it in the refrigerator and enjoy it afterward.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Healthy Diet Recipe Vegetarian Recipes
Seasonal Cooking Autumn Recipes, Winter Recipes
Religious Cooking Hinduist Recipes


Calories: 372kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 6gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 50mgPotassium: 370mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 198IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 198mgIron: 1mg
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Cooking tip for making Doodhi Halwa

• Taste the bottle gourd before grating. If it tastes sour, Doodhi Halwa won’t taste good.

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• Use full-fat milk, as it is less likely to curdle.

Variations of Doodhi Halwa

You can add a tablespoon of raisins or other dry fruits of your choice to this recipe.

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