Beetroot Lauki Halwa
Indian sweets never get old and so does our love for it!
Beetroot is one of my favourite vegetables-  firstly because of its colour and secondly its nutritional value. When I saw this recipe on my friend’s Instagram page@Blenditlikelata, I decided to try it out.
These seemingly unpleasant vegetables can be brewed up to present a perfectly tasty sweet dish.
Dish taste enhancer= Kaju chikki



(1 cup = 250 ml)
3  cups / 1/2 Kg grated lauki (bottle gourd or dudhi)
500 ml milk(which has been boiled in advance)
1 beetroot grated
7 tablespoon sugar – for a very sweet taste, ( can be increased to 8 tablespoon sugar)
3 to 4 tablespoon ghee
4 to 5 green cardamoms – powdered or crushed (chotti elaichi or Hari elaichi)
½ cup chopped almonds (badam) and pista
Kaju chikki for decoration

  1. Pour milk into a wide pan or kadai. Bring it to boil. Then simmer (on low flame )until it reduces and thickens slightly.
  2. While the milk boils, wash and peel bottle gourd. Taste it and make sure it is not bitter or too sour. Then grate it after removing the complete centre portion.
  3. Also, grate the beetroot.
  4. Heat ghee in a heavy bottom kadai. Add grated lauki and beetroot and fry until the moisture dries up completely. This takes about 7 to 10 minute(the time by which the milk boils)PicsArt_10-28-11.08.25.jpg
  5. Whisk the milk well and pour it to the hot beetroot lauki mixture.
  6. Mix and cook on a medium flame string often until the mixture thickens and moisture evaporates.
  7. Add sugar and begin to cook. The mixture turns gooey again. Keep string and cook until the halwa turns thick.
  8. Sprinkle cardamom powder and then pour 1 tsp ghee. Mix and cook for a few mins.
  9. Garnish halwa with homemade kaju chikki or sliced almonds, cashews and pistachios.
  10. Serve warm or chilled as per your liking.


  • Saute bottle gourd first in ghee to reduce the moisture & get rid of the raw flavour.
  • Avoid using bottle gourd that’s too sour or bitter.
  • You may adjust beetroot quantity according to your taste.


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