Keto Friendly Lauki Ka Halwa
Halwa is a dessert loved by everyone. This sweet confection is dense with complex flavors. We have many kinds of Halwa in India but all of them are loaded with sugar and until recently, I believed my halwa eating days were over.
The name originates from an Arabic word for “sweet”. It’s hard to know which specific country it came from, but it spread through the Middle East and Central Asia through the years. Every country has variations of this recipe. Many of them are delicious and must be tasted!
I’m sharing with you a delicious recipe for a halwa made from bottle gourd(lauki). This recipe will fit perfectly into your Keto diet plan without sacrificing taste. The coconut milk and ghee will provide the fats you need. While coconut milk does have some sugar, it will not throw you out of ketosis if you keep your macros in mind and always measure your progress.
Serving size: 2 people
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
- 2 cups(300g) of chopped lauki
- 1 cup(120g) coconut milk
- 2 tbsp ghee
- 6 cashew nuts
- 6 almonds
- 1tbsp of cinnamon powder mixed with crushed cloves – I use this 100% natural Sri Lankan brand.
- 2-4 drops of Stevia/2 tbsps Erythritol
|Of which saturated||42.68||grams|
|Of which sugars||4.96||grams|
1 serving is: 317 kcals, 30.9g fats, 10.32g carbs, 3.5g protein.
- Add the ghee into a pan. Fry the almonds and cashews until they brown.
- Add the bottle gourd into the pan and saute it until it turns soft.
- Pour in the coconut milk and add 2 to 4 drops of stevia. 2 drops should be enough but it’s up to your tolerance for sweet. Keep stirring until the coconut milk comes to a boil. You don’t want the mixture to burn or stick to the pan.
- The teaspoon of cinnamon powder and crushed cloves can be added now. It will give it some punch.
- Simmer the mixture until it is thick and creamy. You don’t want it to be watery or runny.
- Serve the halwa in a bowl and wait for it to cool.
- Garnish it with some almonds.
- Get two spoons and enjoy it with someone!
Sprinkle pistachios or crushed almonds on top. You can also try substituting the coconut milk with some heavy cream for a richer halwa. As always, make sure to read the label for the amount of carbs.
There you have it. India’s famous dessert modified for the keto diet. I generally make a large batch and eat it over a couple of days, a spoonful at a time. It makes for a wonderful sweet snack.