Dudhi ka Halwa or Lauki ka Halwa is so easy to make in the Instant Pot or Indian pressure cooker. Dudhi no Halvo (in Gujarati) is one of the most delicious Indian mithai recipes that is made with bottle gourd.

serving suggestion for dudhi halwa with rose petals


Dudhi/Doodhi/Lauki/Ghiya is a green vegetable with very high water content. It is most often used in making Indian curries and can be added to Dudhi Khichdi as well.

As it is a fairly mild-tasting vegetable, it is also popularly used in making halwa. Halwa is an Indian sweet made usually using milk products.

This Dudhi halwa is made with mawa or khoya. We usually use homemade mawa for our recipes.

For me, it's always been a close call between Dudhi Halwa and Carrot/Gajar ka Halwa.

We also love Beetroot Kalakand - paneer based sweet made with beetroot.

lauki halwa with rose petals

Why use the Instant Pot

Using the Instant Pot to make Dudhi Halwa helps to speed up the cooking process of the dudhi.

Check out our other Instant Pot Desserts Recipes

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Eggless Mandazi (East-African Doughnuts)

1 minute Sheer Khurma

Doodh Poha Kheer


How to grate dudhi

My tip to get the GREENEST dudhi halwa is to simply scrape off the top layer of the dudhi using a knife. If you use a peeler to peel the skin, you will end up going too deep and losing all of the beautiful green colour.

See our video for directions.


ingredients for dudhi or lauki halwa

Dudhi - also known as lauki or Ghiya in Hindi. Bottle gourd in English and easily available in any Indian grocery or supermarkets.

Mawa - aka khoya and easily made at home (link above) or can be found in any South Asian groceries in chilled or freezer aisle

Milk - use whole milk or full-fat milk

Sugar - regular granulated sugar

Ghee - we love to use homemade desi ghee in our Indian sweets and desserts but you can use shopbought too.

Cardamom Powder - imparts great and delicate flavours to the dish and aid in digestion the food.

Slivered Nuts - lends richness and texture to the dish.

Dried rose petals - just for decorating purpose - optional

Vegan Dudhi Halwa

You can definitely make vegan lauki halwa.

Add coconut oil or vegan butter and use almond milk instead of dairy milk.

To thicken the halwa, you can use ground almond or cashew nuts.

How to make the Best Dudhi Halwa in Instant Pot

Peel and Grate Dudhi (pic 1 to 3)


Press SAUTE mode, add ghee (pic 1)

Add grated dudhi and saute for 2 -3 minutes (pic 2)

Now add very little water (pic 3)

Add milk and sugar, mix and close the pot with the lid. Select HIGH PRESSURE AND COOK FOR 2 MINUTES (pic 4)


Once all the pressure releases it naturally, remove the lid (pic 1)

Press SAUTE and add khoya/mawa and mix well everything. (pic 2)

Keep stirring all the time (pic 3)

Getting thicker, CANCEL saute mode  (pic 4)

Add cardamom powder (pic 5)

Garnish it with slivered nuts (pic 6)

For Indian Pressure cooker: 

Dudhi halwa can be made in an Indian pressure cooker.  Make sure you use a big cooker.

1. Grate dudhi, heat oil in a pressure cooker.

2. Add grated dudhi and saute for 2-3 minutes.

3. Add little water and cook a further few minutes.

4. Now add sugar and milk, close the lid and cook till 3-4 whistles.

5. Let it cool naturally.

6. Remove the lid, add mawa or khoya and cook further, keep stirring the halwa until it gets thicker.

7. Add cardamom powder and nuts.

For more delicious Indian sweet ideas, try our 19 Best Barfi Peda Recipes

Other Mithai Recipes


Besan Ladoo Halwai and Mithaiwala Style

Peanut katli

Best Sooji Gujiya 

Kala Jamun  

Instant Pot, Dudhi Halwa, Lauki Ka Halwa, Mithai,
Instant Pot Dudhi Halwa | Lauki Halwa to make dudhi halwa in the Instant pot.
Yield: 3-4 SERVINGS
Author: Hayley Dhanecha


Easy and quick Doodhi or lauki halwa made in an Instant Pot.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 2 MinTotal time: 7 Min


Garnish - optional


  1. Wash and peel or scrape the dudhi.
  2. Grate using a cheese grater.
  3. Arrange the stainless steel inner pot of Instant Pot.
  4. Choose SAUTE mode and heat ghee.
  5. Add grated dudhi and saute for 2 minutes. 
  6. Then add water and further cook for 1 minute.
  7. Add sugar and milk, stir and close the pot with the lid.
  8. Select HIGH PRESSURE for 2 MINUTES.
  9. After 10 minutes NPR (or leave it for 20 minutes) open the lid.
  10. Choose SAUTE mode, add khoya/mawa and mix everything. 
  11. Keep stirring, the mixture will go thicker.
  12. Once the halwa gets thicker, turn off the saute mode, but keep stirring as the pot will be hot and halwa can burn. 
  13. Add cardamom powder and mix.
  14. Garnish it with the slivered nuts, edible varq and rose petals. 


Don't have khoya? you may use milk powder or ricotta cheese instead. Skip nuts to make this dessert nut-free.



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  1. Hi! From your pictures it looks like you grated the entire vegetable? Do you not remove the seeds?

    1. Hi Ambreen thank you for your comment. We don't remove the seeds unless there are big seeds, however we always buy very fresh and tender bottle gourd. Hope this helps.


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