Ours is the microwave version that takes 30 minutes instead of two hours.
We prepared this with one doodhi. We recommend using two, ‘cos the bowl was empty in one sitting. If you double this recipe, increase the microwave time by 30 percent.
This recipe calls for a doodhi-grater. Look around your home. Zero in on your quarry. Tell him/her how you long to spread green gooey goodness around.
You’d love to prepare it, but it needs two hours of slaving over a hot stove, and if only someone would spend five minutes peeling and grating it for you. Sighhhh…
Lay on the guilt and dangle the carr… doodhi in his/her face.
Lazy Person’s Doodhi Halwa.
1 bottle gourd
transfat free margarine or ghee/butter (about 2 tablespoons total)
a pinch of salt
Take possession of the peeled and grated doodhi and measure it in packed cups. (Peeling is optional. Don’t throw the peels away, use them to make chutney.)
Deposit it in a microwave-safe container. Add a third of the volume of sugar. We used a cup of raw cane sugar for 3 cups of packed doodhi, plus a pinch of salt.
Set the microwave on high for 10 minutes. Leave the dish uncovered. Settle down with the latest issue of National Geographic. When the microwave beeps, check the doodhi and stir it around. You can safely keep it going for another eight minutes. Back to your magazine.
This dish oozes so much liquid, you can’t burn it.
Another beep, another check. After the liquid is down to 1/4 cup, check every three minutes, until you have very little liquid left – a tablespoon or two. We stopped at 20 minutes total. Add 1.5 tablespoons of ghee/butter (no oil, please). Vegans can use transfat free margarine, or skip the fat altogether.
Cook for another four or five minutes until it smells all yummy and looks creamy. You should not see more than a teaspoon of liquid. Take it out, add ½ tsp rose water and three shelled and powdered green cardamoms.
Take another teaspoon of ghee, add 3 tbsps. broken cashews to it. Microwave uncovered on high for 40 seconds. Check at 30. The cashews should be golden. Add them to the halwa. Traditonally, toasted chironji/charoli nuts are added to this dish.
Add 10-15 golden raisins to the same bowl, microwave for 30 seconds (check at 20, they turn to toast in an instant). Add them to the halwa. Mix and serve hot.
If your doodhi-grater gets nosy and wants to know how you did it in 30 minutes, ask him/her to grate more doodhi (or carrots), so that you can demonstrate.
Bottle gourd flowers in the night time, it needs night-time insects to carry out the pollinating process for setting fruits.
The medicinal properties of Bottle Gourd.
Thank you, Suma. This is our entry for Coffee’s Monthly Blog Patrol at The Spice Cafe.