Lauki ki Kheer: Bottle Gourd = X

When I tried Sweet Potato Kheer the first time, I used the basic concept of making kheer (pudding).  You could replace the sweet potato with X ingredient and make different kinds of puddings.

raw rice grain
Chawal ki Kheer
Rice Pudding
raw vermicelli
Sevai ki Kheer
Vermicelli Pudding
grated carrots
Gajar ki Kheer
Carrot Pudding

Get the picture?

Here I’m using X = grated bottle gourd = Lauki ki Kheer = Bottle Gourd Pudding.

Lauki Kheer / Bottle Gourd Pudding

What you’ll need:
1 cup bottle gourd (lauki/ghiya/dudhi)
2 tsp clarified butter (ghee)
3 cup milk
½ cup sugar [adjust to taste]
½ tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
2 Tbsp your choice of nuts - sliced, chopped or crushed

Let's Begin! 
1.  Peel & remove seeds then grate the bottle gourd, gently squeeze out extra water, keep aside.

2.  Heat ghee in pan; stir-fry the grated bottle gourd in it for 2-3 minutes on medium heat.
3.  Add milk and cook stirring occasionally until it comes to a boil.

4.  Now add sugar + cardamom powder + nuts, mix all well, and cook 2 more minutes.  

Lauki Kheer is ready - serve warm or cool.  This one should serve about 4-6 people.

The crushed nuts you see in the picture are leftover from the baklava filling that I had made earlier, so used them without any measurement.  The proportion of nuts for a kheer is never rigid.

Among the sweets made with milk, kheer is a very simple and easy Indian sweet dish to make.  Doesn’t require as much time and energy as a Halwa or a Rabdi requires.  With that said, if you keep stirring the milk and bottle gourd mixture at Step # 3 until it reaches a thicker consistency and then add everything in Step # 4 – you’ll be making the Lauki ka Halwa.  Yep, 2-in-1 as I like it, as I always say :-)

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