- 2 cups grated bottle gourd (Ghiya)
- 1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
- 1/3 cup sugar (according to taste)
- ½ tsp crushed cardamom
- ¼ cup khoya powder or grated khoya
- Few broken cashew nuts and almonds
- Wash and grate the bottle gourd.
- Take grated bottle gourd and 2 cups of water in a pan. Boil till the bottle gourd is tender. Drain it and keep aside to cool.
- When the bottle gourd is completely cooled, squeeze it with both the hands to remove excess of water.
- Heat the ghee in a kadhai/wok over medium flame. Add crushed cardamom, boiled bottle gourd and sugar. Cook, till most of the moisture has evaporated (stirring occasionally, to avoid them from getting burnt).
- Remove from flame and mix in grated khoya or khoya powder.
- Garnish with nuts and serve.
Do You Know?
Navratri Garba is the most colorful form of the dance. The dance is generally performed by women, but men also take part nowadays.
In the primitive form of Garba dance, the women place the pot 'Garba', with lamp on their head and move in a circular motion. They sing and clap their hands simultaneously and synchronize their circular steps, very gracefully.
The dance is accompanied by folk instruments. The pot is filled with a betel nut and a silver coin. On top of it, a coconut is place, giving it the appearance of a holy 'Kumbh'.