I adore halwas, especially those made at home. Sitting down with a bowl of piping hot halwa with a good book to read..bliss! Doodhi halwa is yummy and healthy being full of the good old bottle gourd. Its the easiest and most delicious way to have doodhi, if you ask me. Of course, it is very rich and oozing with calories but that is the way it should be. And you can always climb the stairs or go for a walk or something. But this beauty deserves to be made…and devoured! Here is the recipe.
2 bottle gourd, grated
2 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter
1 1/2 cup full fat milk
200 gms condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
Sugar, as per taste
Raisins, chopped almonds and pistachios
Green food color, optional
Firstly and most importantly, before you begin to grate your bottle gourd taste and check for bitterness. If it is, scrap the halwa plan. If it isn’t, full steam ahead! In a deep bottomed pan, heat the ghee and then add the grated doodhi to it. Then stir it patiently, on and off, till the gourd starts to shrivel. Now this takes time, a lot of time because the gourd has lots of moisture in it. I would suggest you make this halwa when you are anyhow going to be stuck in the kitchen for some time. So, after patiently stirring for about 15-20 minutes, you can now add the milk and start stirring again. 5-10 minutes later, add the condensed milk. Go on stirring off and on, till all the moisture evaporates. Add the green cardamom powder. Check for sweetness. If required, add sugar and keep stirring on slow flame till the water from the sugar evaporates. Add some raisins and chopped nuts. Give it once last stir and DIG IN. I can challenge you, it is impossible to stop with one helping. Don’t believe me? Cook up this scrumptious halwa and see for yourself.