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Friday, 7 October 2016

Rose Petal Jam (Gulkand) flavored Bottle Gourd Fudge / Lauki Ki Barfi


Lauki ki Barfi is a delicious, melt in mouth traditional Indian sweet. A fudge often made on festivals like Krishna Janmashtami , Dushera and Diwali. This fudge can be easily prepared at home ahead of the festival as it has a shelf life of about a week.


Bottle gourd / lauki is considered as a Sattvik food ( food which are fresh , juicy , light , nourishing and which offer calmness and add vitality to our body system. Hence it is consumed during fasts / Vrat.  Bottle gourd happens to be a happy vegetable at my home and I usually make Bottle Gourd Raita / Doodhi chi Koshimbir, Lauki Ki Kheer / Bottle gourd Pudding apart from the Doohi thalipeeth and doodhi chi bhaji. This time I tried this fudge and this was also a big hit in my family.


Bottle gourd fudge can be prepared in many ways. Grated bottle gourd is either cooked and reduced in milk , or condensed milk is added to grated bottle gourd. Milk powder can also be added. Here, I am sharing a recipe which calls for use of Khoya / Mava / Milk Solids. Usually this fudge is flavored with cardamom and Saffron , this time I tried flavoring it with Gulkand ( Rose Petal Jam ) and it turned out super yum.



Serves: 25-30 square fudge pieces
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time : 30 minutes

Ingredients: Measurements- 1 cup =200 ml
·        2 Cup grated and squeezed Bottle gourd
·        1 Cup Sugar
·        1 cup Khoya / Mava / Milk Solids
·        2 tbsp. Ghee
·        2 tbsp. Rose petal jam (gulkand)
·        2-3 tbsp. chopped nuts of your choice
·        1 tsp cardamom powder
·        Silver leaf / Chandi ka Varq (Optional)

Method:
1.     Wash, peel and grate the Bottle gourd using a grater. Discard the large seeds if any. Keep it aside for 10 minutes. 


  2.    Squeeze out all the juice from the grated bottle gourd with your hands. This will save both time and gas. This juice can be used in soups or dal.


  3.     In a heavy bottom wok, heat ghee on medium flame. Add the squeezed out grated bottle gourd and stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Now cover cook for 2-3 minutes or until the bottle gourd is dry .




  4.  Now add sugar and Gulkand ( Rose petal jam ) and mix well. Cook the mixture for 5 -7 minutes.




   5.  Add crumbled khoya to this mixture. Mix well and cook on a low flame for about 5 minutes. Add the chopped Nuts at this stage. Cook until the mixture thickens and leaves the sides of the pan. This will take another 7-10 minutes. Keep stirring continuously to ensure the mixture does not catch the bottom of the wok.




   6. Add cardamom powder . Mix well and put off the flame.


  7.  Pour the fudge mixture to a greased tray. Tap it from top with the bottom of a greased bowl to give flat surface. Add silver Varq to the fudge and allow it to set. After 10-15 minutes cut the fudge into desired shapes.
 




  I hope you would love to give this fudge recipe a try this festive season. Do not forget to give your valuable feed back.
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27 comments :

  1. Delectable - perfect to tinkle anybody's taste buds!

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    1. Thank you Mercury Info for your lovely feed back :)

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  2. You rock Poonam, you have a sweet one for every vegetable and fruit...

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  3. You have an amazing collection of sweets Poonam and this one is an another hit☺ Bottle gourd fudge looks so appetizing... Its hard to regist๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š Great share๐Ÿ‘

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  4. What a beautiful blend of flavors in this bottlegourd dessert. I have never tried making dudhi halwa with gulkand.
    What an awesome idea.

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    1. Thank you Lata. Do try it..Gulkand lends a aromatic and soothing flavors to the fudge.

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  5. Wow.. super. I have had lauki ka halwa but the barfi looks amazing too.

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    1. Thank you di. If you love the lauki halwa flavors you are surely going to love this fudge

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  6. Love the way you have infused gulkand in the Lauri ka halwa making it more flavourful and appealing, will try this for the coming festival.

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    1. Thank you Soma. Do give it a try. I am sure you will love it as much as we did

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  7. Wow Poonam I am drooling. Gulkand flavoured fudge looks mouthwatering. I can imagine the heavenly taste and aroma. Superb share.

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  8. I love lauki ka halwa so this is right up my street. With gulkand, I am sure taste must awesome. perfect for coming festive season.

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  9. Wow looks yummy adding gulkand must have given an amazing flavour.

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    1. Yes di, addition of Gulkand took the fudge to another level.

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  10. This looks so delectable, the rose petals must have given a good flavour to it. Nice share Poonam

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  11. What a lovely dish !! addition of gulkand here is making the dish more delicious :)

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    1. You are right Sasmita. Gulkand flavor made the fudge more delectable. Thank you

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  12. Wow, what a lovely dish. It is so tempting. Thanks for the recipe.

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  13. I recently made lauki barfi and I am sure this gulkand flavor barfi would be out of the world. came out perfect and with step by step picture makes it easy to understand.

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  14. This looks scrumptious. Gulkand flavored bottle gourd fudge. Sounding this recipe itself is so tempting. Nice recipe and great capture.

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  15. Lauki barfi looks delicious. LOve the addition of gulkand as it as a property to highlight the dishes.

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  16. Oh my that looks totally droolicious ❤️๐Ÿ˜ perfect for the festive season!

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