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Monday, April 9, 2007

Lauki Ka Halwa ~ Sorakaya Halwa

The light greenish, bottle shaped gourd known as lauki or doodhi in Hindi or sorakaya in Telugu is used in Indian kitchens to make dals (cooked with legumes), subjis and desserts.
This gourd which has a cooling effect on body, is used to make this delicious halwa. This is a very easy recipe and hard to mess up, if you use a non stick pot. It doesn't demand your attention till the final stages. So, cook on a low flame and attend to other things meanwhile. Just come and stir once a while, till all the water evaporates.

Grated lauki / bottle gourd - 6 cups
Sugar - 2 cups
Ghee - 2 Tbsp & 1 tsp
Raisins & Cashews - 1 Tbsp
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Saffron - Few strands

Choose tender gourds. Peel the skins, remove the seeds and grate the bottle gourds. I used two bottle gourds and I got 6 cups of grated gourd.
Heat a pan and add bottle gourd and sugar to it. Let it cook on a low to medium flame. The sugar - gourd mixture releases more water. Let it be cooked till it becomes transparent and all the water evaporates. The mixture becomes one big mass. Add the ghee and fry for a few minutes more, till all the ghee is incorporated into the mixture.
Heat a tsp of ghee in a small pan and add raisins and cashews. Toast them till the cashews turn golden brown and raisins turn plump. Turn off the heat.
Add cashews, raisins, cardamom powder, saffron to the lauki mixture and stir properly.
Remove and serve warm or chilled

Lauki Ka Halwa - My 'L' entry for Nupur's A - Z event.

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Asha said...

I love this Sorekai Suma.I make Majjige saaru with it but never made sweet.Looks great I think Sowmya made this too.It looks transparent!Thanks for the recipe.

Shivapriya said...

I know this recipe but never prepared at home. Lovely colour.

swapna said...

hi suma
looking yummy!!!

Aahaar Vihaar said...

Halwa with Sorakaya??? That's one new dish i have heard from your blog. Looks great.

bee said...

one of my favs. i've been looking for a good and low-fat recipe. thank you.

Vcuisine said...

Suma never tried this till now. But heard it is very tasty. The halwa looks glossy and colourful. Viji

Sia's Corner said...

thats interesting recipe suma. i have heard about it but never tasted yet.

Richa said...

the lauki halwa looks beautiful, you got the perfect color and texture. we love it at home, will try ur version next time.
btw i made a savory appetiser using lauki.

Suma Gandlur said...

Thanks. You know what, This was my first attempt. It was a little different from carrot and pumpkin halwas when it came to taste. I too make majjige huli and Andhra style dals and subjis with sorekayi.

Seema said...

Suma, I have had sorekai halwa and it tastes a lot like kumblakai halwa. Gottu try it. Love halwas.

Nupur said...

I love eating lauki halwa but have never tried cooking it. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Kribha said...

My grandma makes a similar kind of halwa with pumpkin. You brought me back many memories. Your halwa looks delicious & glossy. How did you get that color Suma? super yummy.

Suma Gandlur said...

I was also pleasantly surprised by the color of the halwa. I was expecting a pale color. It was all glossy after it was cooked.

Roopa said...

Hi suma
First time here!
Halwa is mouth watering, i have been planning to make this for a while! love it

krystyna said...

Hi Suma!
I'm glad visited your wonderful blog. Your work is great! Keep up your work!
Wishing you the best!

krystyna said...

I didn't know some ingredients, but pictures are very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

Swapna said...

This is my all time favorite halwa..Ur recipe and pics have inspired me to buy lauki and make halwa:)

sunita said...

I've never had the sweeter version of lauki...your's looks perfect with a great glossy texture...thanks.

Sharmi said...

this is a very new recipe to me. the pics tempt me to try it. beautiful.

Roopa said...

i made this halwa yesterday, thumba chenagi bantu yellarigu ista ayithu!
thks i will post it for MBP.

Suma Gandlur said...

Thumba thanks. Glad you like it.

bee said...

suma, i prepared it - the microwave version. it was wonderful.

Nirupama said...

hi suma,

Ur lauki ka halwa looks amazing.I was so eager to try that.When i tried,i added little panner and condensed milk as well.It came out well.I blogged it and plz feel free to loot at www.nirusfood.blogspot.com.Thanks anyways for sharing the recipe.

AshKuku said...

Hey Suma,

The halwa looks yummy. I'm going to give it a try today & would try with variations. Let's c how would the end product be. I hope I would be able to prepare it successfully. And if I do, this would be the first time, of preparing this at home.

Aparna said...

Hi Suma,
Your halwa looks delicious!!! I want to try making it... but have a question. I have only one lauki. Should I then halve the other ingredients?
Please let me know! Thanks!

Suma Gandlur said...


You certainly can halve the recipe.
Note that when cooked, the quantity of lauki reduces.

deepthi said...

looks yummy will surely try it!

Prerana Khanwalkar said...

I never tried adding saffron in halwa.Check http://savorindian.blogspot.com/2013/08/doodhi-halwa-lauki-halwa.html

Next time will try adding your way .