Lauki is an Indian vegetable and usually its cooked with dal or potato as a side dish for Chapathis. Try this sweet version for a change.
2 cups grated lauki
3 cups milk
½ cup sugar
6 small cardamoms (open pods slightly)
½ tsp cardamom powder
Handful of cashewnuts and raisins
2 tbsp butter
Roast cashewnuts and raisins in 1 tsp butter and keep aside.
Peel and cut lauki. Take out the spongy inside and grate.
Squeeze the grated lauki with your hands and take out as much juice as possible. Measure 2 cups of lauki.
Heat butter in a pan and add lauki and whole cardamoms and stir on a medium flame till raw smell goes.
This will take around 15 minutes. Don’t rush here as this will determine the taste of final product.
Add milk and sugar and stir. Cook half covered till lauki is soft and the mixture has slightly thickened. (It will not thicken when cold).
Add cardamom powder, cashewnuts and raisins.
Take off fire and discard the whole cardamoms.
Serve warm or cold.