Bottlegourd Halwa (Gardudde Halvo)

bottlegourd halwa

Wish you all a very happy and colorful Holi. The festival of color is around the corner and I could not think of a better sweet than this Bottlegourd halwa or gardudde halvo. Aayi prepared this for us during Diwali and it was so delicious.

Bottle gourd was rarely bought at home when we were growing up. I would almost always ask aayi to make burfi(khadi) from it. I could eat it anytime. This is definitely an easier version of the same. Then we started hearing about the health benefits on TV. Ever since then I have been using it regularly. I normally make a quick dal or some spicy dish from it.

For halwa, grated bottlegourd is cooked in milk, which gives a fantastic aroma. Then the nuts and cardamom brings that divine aroma.


Peel and remove seeds from bottle gourd. Then grate it. bottlegourd halwa1bottlegourd halwa2

Add milk, cashews and cook. When milk is absorbed, add jaggery.
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Cook till all the jaggery is melted and well mixed. Take off heat and add cardamom powder.
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Bottlegourd Halwa (Gardudde Halvo)

Very aromatic bottlegourd halwa prepared by cooking bottlegourd in milk and sugar.
4.60 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 -5


  • 2 cups grated bottle gourd
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cup jaggery
  • 1 tbl spn cashews optional
  • 1/2 tea spn cardamom powder


  • Peel, remove seeds and grate bottle gourd.
  • Cook cashews and grated bottle gourd with milk. (It looks like the milk curdled but that is the expected result.)
  • When all the milk is absorbed, add jaggery.
  • Cook till jaggery is all melted. Mix it well.
  • Take off heat, add cardamom powder , mix well.
  • Serve warm or chilled.


7 thoughts on “Bottlegourd Halwa (Gardudde Halvo)”

  1. Hi Shilpa,
    I make this with a variation of frying the grated mixture with ghee before adding milk. Or ghee is added toward the end of cooking.

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