Boodida Gummadikaya Halwa- Ash Gourd Halwa

Boodida Gummadikaya or Ashgourd Halwa is a popular recipe from Andhra Pradesh in which grated ahgourd is cooked in milk and ghee and made into a sweetened pudding. Ashgourd is used as a symbol to ward off the evil eye and as a blessing to families and hence is made on festivals like Diwali.

Preparation time 30 minutes 
Serves 1 1/2 cups
Serving Size 1/4 cup
Calories Per Serving Approximately 206 per serving
Difficulty Medium


Ingredients:
2 cups grated ashgourd
2 cups full fat milk reduced to half(see procedure here)
1 cup sugar
pinch of edible camphor
pinch of natural rose syrup(optional)
2 tablespoon ghee + 1 teaspoon
1 tablespoon slivered almond,pistachio and cashew
1 tablespoon raisins

Procedure:
1.Heat 1 tablespoon ghee in a pan and roast the grated ashgourd on high flame stirring continuously until they lose moisture,there shouldn’t be any water collected at the bottom(about 8 minutes).

2.In a separate pan take the nuts and roast them separately in 1 teaspoon ghee and add it to the ashgourd and mix.

3.Now add the sugar and milk and let cook until the mixture loses moisture and starts to come together.Add the camphor and rose syrup and stir once and take off the flame.

Tips:
Enjoy warm or cold.
Can also be served with ice cream.
You can also use condensed milk instead of the milk to skip the process of reducing down and adds more richness to the dessert as well.
Make sure the water in the pan that oozes from ashgourd is gone otherwise the taste isn’t very appealing.
Since it is a milk product store it in the refrigerator.
You can also soak dates in water and grind them without the water to add to halwa instead of the sugar.

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