Lauki delight (bottle gourd delight)

Photo of lauki delight (bottle gourd delight).

Lauki delight is a charming Indian dessert made from bottle gourd. With careful substitutions, this diabetes-friendly version helps you enjoy this traditional sweet treat while maintaining your blood sugar level.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4

Serving size: ¼ cup


  • Lauki (bottle gourd), 2 cups (500g), grated
  • Unsweetened almond milk, 2 cups (400ml)
  • Nuts (almonds, cashews, or pistachios), 2 tbsp (30g), chopped
  • Raisins (optional), 1 tbsp (15g)
  • Erythritol (or a sugar substitute of your choice), 3 tbsp (45ml)
  • Cardamom powder, ½ tsp (2.5g)
  • Olive oil or ghee, 2 tbsp (30g)


  1. Rinse, peel, and grate the bottle gourd.
  2. Heat the olive oil or ghee in a large pan on a medium flame.
  3. Add the grated bottle gourd and sauté until the moisture evaporates.
  4. Add the almond milk and cook on a low to medium flame, stirring occasionally, until the milk boils and reduces by three-quarters.
  5. Mix in the erythritol, cardamom powder, and chopped nuts.
  6. Continue to cook, stirring until the mixture thickens and releases some oil (you’ll see specks of oil form on the side of the utensil or dessert).
  7. Turn off the heat and add raisins if you’re using them.
  8. Mix well and serve hot or warm.

Storage: Refrigerate any leftover dessert in an airtight container. It will stay fresh for up to 2 days. Reheat before serving.

Nutritional information

Per serving:

Calories - 150kcal

Fat - 10g

Carbohydrate - 15g

Protein - 2g

Sodium - 50mg

Sugar - 0g

Fibre - 3g

Profile photo of dietitian Sarah Khan, contributor of the diabetes-friendly lauki delight (bottle gourd delight) recipe.
Sarah Khan

Sarah Khan is CEO of Virtual Clinic Dietitian-cell and a prominent dietitian. She's a specialist clinical dietetic, with a focus in global diabetes management. She's passionate about crafting diabetes-friendly recipes that are both tasty and healthful, and collaborates with major healthcare organizations and health periodicals.

Looking for more recipes like this?

Photo of homemade sugar-free rasmalai.
Homemade sugar-free rasmalai

Rasmalai is a popular dessert of soft paneer balls soaked in flavoured milk. Using natural sweeteners this dish is sugar-free and still satisfies a sweet tooth.

Artist's impression of cardamom-spiced almond custard tarts.
Cardamom-spiced almond custard tarts

Treat your taste buds while keeping your blood sugar in check with this diabetes-friendly Indian custard tart. It's wholesome, with a touch of Indian essence.

Artist's impression of an eggless cardamom almond cake
Eggless cardamom almond cake

Indulge in a diabetes-friendly cardamom almond cake. This moist and aromatic cake is perfect for satisfying sweet cravings while keeping blood sugar in check.

Recent recipes

Together, our experiences make us stronger. Send your recipe to us, and we'll help you share it with the diabetic community.

Want to keep up with the latest news, stories and recipes?

Sign up and get the latest updates straight to your inbox.
Thanks for signing up with us! We look forward to having you in our community!
Oops! Something went wrong, have you filled in all your details correctly?