Bottle Gourd is well known for its therapeutic uses and a variety of dishes can be made from this vegetable. Sambhar, a variety of subzi, Soup, Kofta, and even desserts can be made from this vegetable. Posting a simple, easy to make and delicious Halva today.
- 1.5 kgs bottle gourd
- 200 gms sugar
- 500ml milk
- 5 tbsps Ghee/clarified butter
- A large pinch of Kesar/Saffron
- 21 pods of Elaichi/Cardamom
- Cashews and Almonds to garnish.
Wash and deskin the bottle gourd. Save the peel to make a stir fry. Grate the Bottle gourd and tip it into a pan along with the milk, Cashews and Almonds. Cook it on a gentle flame till done. Add the sugar and saffron and keep cooking till it starts leaving the sides of the vessel. Add the Ghee and stir for a while. Add the powdered Cardamom, mix well and serve hot.
Note: I prefer adding the Cashew and Almonds whole to the Halva without roasting them. You may sliver them and roast them in a tbsp of Ghee and add them too.