October 25, 2011

Gajar - Lauki Halwa (no-ghee version) - a step by step recipe | Diwali Sweet recipe

I was honestly tired of making Gajar Halwa - although its a family favourite, it was nearing its expiry date in terms of being the first choice for festivals / quick desserts for unexpected guests / luncheons / potluck parties. As a family, we are also quite conscious about how much oil and sugar we consume . So, when I saw a nice fresh lauki (bottle gourd) peeking from the pantry, I quickly rustled up this Gajar and Lauki Halwa (adapted from my bookmark here) for the Diwali festival, where we had some friends dropping in. And voila ! It was guilt free too (to an extent) as I didnt use ghee at all, but some mawa (unsweetened solidified milk fudge). For sweet lovers, i would recommend they up the sugar a bit more , but for my family and those who dropped in -  it was the perfect taste. Hope you would also make this dish for your family and enjoy the mild sweetness with a hint of sugar and saffron and crunchy fried nuts to complete that divine experience.  I served this with a Mixed Bhajia platter to the guests for a quick evening snack, and the combo was enthusiastically received :-)

Sending this quick dish to:  
Blogging Marathon (Day 3), Radhika's Diwali eventKhushi's My Diwali My WayAnu's Diwali - festival of lights, Krithi and Denny's Serve It Festival Potluck, Pari’s Only Sweets & Desserts hosted by Gayathri & also to Priya & Aipi's Tuesday's bookmarked recipes.

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Prep time : 10 mins. Cooking time : 15 mins. Serves : 4


  • Carrots - 2 large
  • Lauki / bottle gourd - 1 medium
  • Mawa / condensed unsweetened milk fudge - 2 TBSP
  • Sugar - 3 TBSP
  • Condensed Milk - 3 TBSP
  • Milk - 1/4 cup
  • Saffron - a few strands
  • Cardamom - 1 no.
  • Almonds / raisins / Cashew for garnish


1) Wash, peel and grate carrots and bottle gourd finely. Place the veggies in a deep bottomed vessel. Add the milk and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Cool and drain all the water from cooked veggies.
2) Powder the sugar with cardamom in a spice grinder.
3) In a thick non stick pan, add the boiled veggies and half the mawa and stir continuously on a slow flame. 
4) When the halwa reduces by 1/4 or 1/3, add the powdered sugar and stir again on a low- medium flame. Once the sugar melts and the oil (from the mawa) begins to separate, add the remaining mawa and give it a vigorous stir for 5 - 7 mins (get those arm muscles moving :-)). 
5) Now add the saffron and the nuts (if you wish, you may lightly fry the raisins in just a drop of ghee) and serve warm. This halwa goes very well with a plate of mixed hot bhajias


  1. Yummy halwa.. Looks yummy..

  2. That's a nice combo and a very happy diwali to u and ur family Kalyani.

  3. looks yummy....
    Have a wonderful Diwali :)

  4. super combo...loving the halwa

  5. thats good combination, makes it non seasonal as well

  6. Yummy halwa looks so colourful...

  7. Super tempting halwa, cant believe its ghee free..delicious!

  8. Happy diwali ...
    Wow looks yummy and delicious ....

  9. Thanks a lovely one!..Happy Diwali Kalyani.

  10. Ghee-free Healthy Carrot Halwa.I can eat a plateful then.Luv it.Dear Blogger Friend,Wish U a Warm and Happy Diwali.Enjoy the Festivities with taste-filled delights,Safe and Delicious Memorable Moments - Regards, Christy Gerald

  11. It is really a treat for Diwali. Happy Diwali Kalyani!!!

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  12. Voww!!! halwa looks real yummm!!!!

  13. A delightful and a colorful Halwa for Diwali!! Have a good one!

  14. My God,that's too tempting.SO colourful with saffron..Yum yum.

    Happy Deewali to you and family !

  15. Looks great Kalyani.. Love the saffron colors! Happy Diwali

  16. Yummy and delicious. Happy Deepavali to you and your family.

  17. no ghee then it surely is a hit!...good one...ya carrot halwa sure gets boring after a while! :)

  18. very very inviting Kalyani!!!!!drooling here:-)

  19. Yummy halwa. BTW, I didn't know that this many festive food themed events are going on. :)

  20. Lovely color and lovely mouth-watering halwa!

  21. Looks vibrant and very tempting...


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