Doodhi Halwa (Bottlegourd Pudding)
1 1/2 kg doodhi (bottlegourd),
250 gms khoya; crumbled,
300 gms sugar,
1/2 cup ghee,
8-10 elaichi (green cardamom) powdered,
A handful of dry fruits as per your choice,
Few drops of green food color (optional).
Peel and grate doodhi, then hold between your palms and press to drain out excess liquid. (Use this liquid is any vegetable or dal recipes as a replacement of water). Melt ghee in a pan and then add the grated doodhi and roast for few minutes on low flame. Cover and cook on low-medium flame till it is soft. Stir occasionally. Then add sugar and keep stirring till the mixture thickens.
Heat another pan and roast the khoya till it is fragrant and light brown in color. Then add to the dudhi mixture. Also add elaichi powder, green food color and dry fruits. Mix well, cover and cook for a minute and serve hot or chilled.