“Doodhi ka Halwa” or White Gourd Pudding

“Doodhi ka Halwa” serves 5

“Doodhi ka Halwa” or White Gourd Pudding is a simple and delectable Indian dessert made using only 3 ingredients. White gourd is first peeled, seeds removed and grated. Then, it is simmered in whole milk and sugar. Finally, green cardamom powder is added for flavor. Garnish with chopped almonds or edible and flavorless silver paper known as “Varq”, (very reasonably priced and easily available at your local Indian grocery store. I love to serve it in silver bowls for a fancy and festive look.

“Doodhi” or white gourd is light green vegetable on the outside and is white inside. I often buy it in bulk at my local Indian grocery store. It is known to have many health benefits. It is great for digestion and the liver, excellent source of nutirition but most importantly ( for me ) it helps to lose weight (minus the sugar and ghee). We often juice it at home by adding a little ginger to it. Tastes refreshing!

Growing up, my mother would often make this for us. I guess being a working mother, she hardly had time to make the exotic cakes but would indulge us with this perfect and simple treat. My sister and I would fight for the very last bite and very often my mother would have to hide it from me , as I could go through the entire bowl myself. I was so happy to see my daughter enjoy it with the same fervor as I did and still do!


Ingredients:

4 cups grated white gourd “doodhi or lauki” (I used 2 medium sized white gourds, peeled and grated)

8 cups whole milk

1 1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon green cardamom powder

Garnish:

1 sheet of edible silver paper/ “Varq”

1/4 cup sliced almonds

Method:

Peel, cut the ends off and slit the gourd lengthwise in the middle. Remove the seeds inside the white flesh, grate and keep aside.

Take a heavy bottomed pan (I used a dutch oven) and add the grated gourd, milk and sugar.

Keep on low heat for the first 45 minutes and then turn it up to medium heat and let it cook. Keep stirring occasionally, making sure the bottom does not get burnt.

After the milk is completely evaporated, (which will approximately take 2 hours and 20 minutes) the mixture will be thick. Add green cardamom powder and mix well.

Let it cool. Transfer to a serving bowl and chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.

At the time of serving, garnish with edible silver paper and chopped almonds. Enjoy!

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