Bottle guard barfi or ghiya/lauki ki barfi is a very delicious sweets and it is very popular in India especially on the occasion of Indian festivals. This barfi can also be eaten on fasting days. You can very easily made at home on festivals or fasting days. Very little ingredients and very simple and easy to make at home. It is very luxurious taste and everyone like to eat this barfi. You can made this barfi with mawa or without mawa too. I use milk powder. It is very easy to make recipe to make at home with nutritious value of bottle guard.
Preparation time- 10 min.
Cooking time 25 min
Type- sweet/ desert
Bottle gaurd- 1 kg. Peeled and grated
Milk ½ cup
Green cardamom powder- ½ tspn
Dry fruits- as your needs
Desi ghee- 3-4 tbspn
Sugar- ½ cup or as per your taste
Milk powder- 200 grm.
Green food colur- (optional)
Take a Lauki (bottle gourd) and peel it to clean. Cut and discard both the ends of lauki.
Grate ghiya with the help of greter.
Squeeze the grated Lauki using both of your hand to remove water from the Lauki. You will get dry grated Lauki.
If you do not remove water from the Lauki, it will take longer time to cook.
Heat 2 tbspn of ghee in a non-stick pan over medium heat.
When the ghee gets hot enough. Add grated Lauki to it and mix well. Cover the pan using a lid and cook it for 2-3 minutes.
Open the lid and stir well. Add milk and mix well.
Cover the lid again and cook again until the milk has dried, while stirring occasionally to avoid sticking.
Open the lid and mix well. Add sugar and mix well. The sugar will soon melt.
Add finely chopped dry fruits and green cardamom powder to in it and mix well.
Add milk powder and mix well. Milk powder gives more sweetness of bottle gaurd barfi.
Add green food color (which is optional) and mix well.
(I never use green food colour)
Cook it for about 2 minutes while stirring continuously.
Add 1 tablespoon of ghee and cook on medium heat till the dough is dry enough.
Barfi dough will start leave the pan by adding ghee at this stage.
Turn off the gas when the dough dries.
Take a trey and grease very well with ghee and transfer the dough to this tray, spread and set it with a spatula.
Spread some dry fruits over it and press them gently with a spatula.
Keep the tray in a cool place for 1 hour. You can also keep the tray in the fridge.
After an hour the barfi will freeze and become tight. Take the tray out of the fridge and cut the barfi into pieces.
Enjoy this delicious barfi with your family and friends.
Note- you can add coconut powder also for make more tasty.