- 9 oz lauki or bottle gourd
- 1 cup sugar
- 18 fluid oz milk
- 1 cup Khoya
- 3 tbsp rose petal jam or gulkand
- ½ tsp ghee or clarified butter
- 1 tbsp almonds - sliced
- ¼ tsp cardamom powder
- silver leaf or Chandi ka Varq
How to make Lauki Gulkand Barfi
Lauki or bottle gourd was one of the first plants to be domesticated in the world. Lauki was grown not for use as a vegetable to be eaten but as a container! It was initially used as a utensil, in the manner of bowls, cups, and containers. It was used for carrying items such as food and small articles, or for carrying water!
Bottle gourd is painted and decorated as shoulder bags and other decorative items by local artisans in the Caribbean countries. Native Americans shaped and decorated bottle gourd like a bird’s nest to encourage purple martins to nest in the area. This was done to keep pests under control near the village.