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Navratri Spl: Lauki Ka Halwa Recipe


Navratri is a time when your diet is severely restricted. If you follow the rules set by Hinduism, there are several things that you cannot add to Navratri recipes. Nine days without onions, garlic, flour or rice becomes difficult to sustain. However, you are not prohibited from eating sweets. So thank the Goddess for small pleasures in life and have delicious lauki ka halwa during Navratri.


Lauki ka halwa is a recipe that can easily have during Navratri. Lauki means bottle gourd in English. Not only is it a healthy Navratri recipe, it is also very filling. And if you happen to have a sweet tooth, you can indulge it luxuriously. Here is how you can prepare lauki ka halwa at home easily.

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 45 minutes


  • Doodhi or Lauki or Bottle gourd- 3 cups
  • Ghee (clarified butter)- 3 tablespoons
  • Warm Milk- 3 cups
  • Cardamom powder- ½ teaspoon
  • Powdered Sugar - ¾ cup
  • Almonds - 7 (sliced)


  1. Grate the lauki or bottle gourd on a shredder once the skin has been peeled off.
  2. Heat ghee in a deep bottomed pan and once the ghee starts boiling, add the lauki to it.
  3. Water starts oozing out of lauki once its heated. Stir the lauki for 10 minutes until the water evaporates.
  4. Add warm milk to pan now and stir it in. Keep stirring and cook on a low flame for 10 minutes.
  5. Add cardamom powder to the pan and once the lauki halwa starts drying up, add the sugar.
  6. Stir it in and cook for another 5 minutes on a low flame.
  7. Garnish with chopped almonds and serve lauki halwa chilled.

This recipe perfect for Navratri fasting because it does not contain any of the forbidden ingredients.

Story first published: Monday, September 29, 2014, 12:30 [IST]
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