Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Ghia Ka Halwa


Light and delicious , I first ate this in a ' thaali ' lunch and got hooked onto it . Adapt quantities to get the desired sweetness - yes , add other dry fruit too if you like. I avoided coconut here to keep the flavors gentle.
4 Measuring Cups Peeled & Grated Ghia / Lauki - I don't remove seeds.
500 Mls Milk.
1/2 Teaspoon Green Cardamon Seeds.
5-8 Tablespoons Sugar.
Nuts.
2 Tablespoons Ghee.
1/2 Teaspoon Green Cardamon Powder.
In a wok add milk , ghia and cardamon seeds and bring to a boil , reduce heat and cook for about 25-30 minutes. I simmer on medium heat , stirring it occasionally .When ghia has softened and you have the desired consistency add nuts and cook on for another 10 minutes  or so till you get a halwa like consistency  , you may have to increase the heat to make the milk evaporate , stir often to prevent it from sticking. Now add ghee , sugar and cardamon powder , raise heat to max and bhuno another 5 minutes . Cool the halwa then taste for sweetness and adjust as needed . I serve this lukewarm . Lauki at it's best !



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