Thursday, March 22, 2012


First of all, let me wish you all a very Happy Gudi Padwa.

Gil-e-Firdaus means 'the clay of paradise'. It is a very simple dessert from Hyderabad (Pakistan). It is a Kheer of Bottle gourd and Sago. In Maharashtrian cuisine, we make Dudhi Halwa (Bottle-gourd halwa) and Sabudana Kheer. Gil-e-Firdaus is a combination of these two sweets and hence I made this on the occasion of Gudi Padwa.

Special thanks to my wife Manasi for bringing those lovely Roses for this recipe. 

Ingredients :
1 tspn ghee
2 cups grated Bottlegourd (Lauki / Dudhi / white Pumpkin)
1 litre Full fat milk
1/2 cup Sago / Sabudana (before soaking) 
1 cup water (for soaking Sago)
200 gms Khoa (mawa)
1/2 cup Sugar (quantity may be increased as per taste)
2 tbspns Milk masala
2 tbspns Almond flakes
2 tbspns Saffron-cardamom syrup (Kesar-Ilaichi syrup)
(or 1 tspn Cardamom powder & few Saffron strands)
1 tbspn Rose essence

For Garnishing :
Rose petals

Method :
Pre-preparation :
Saute khoa in a separate pan till it changes its colour and set it aside. soak Sago for atleast one hour in a cup of water.

To cook bottle-gourd :
Peel and de-seed the bottle-gourd and grate it. Heat ghee in a pan and saute the grated bottle-gourd for 2-3 minutes. Add half of the milk and cook the bottle gourd. This process takes around 20-30 minutes. Keep on stirring the bottlegourd at regular intervals.

To make Gil-e-Firdaus :
Heat balance milk in a pan. After bringing it to a boil, add soaked Sago (Sabudana) to the boiling milk. Once the Sago is transparent, add sauteed Khoa, cooked bottle-gourd, Sugar, milk-masala, almond flakes and cook it for 10 minutes. 

Turn off the flame and add Saffron-Ilaichi syrup and rose essence. 

Keep it in refrigerator for few hours. Garnish it with rose petals and serve chilled.

Notes :
You may also add Condensed milk to make it more richer
Dry fruits of your choice may also be added 

Stepwise Pictures :

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  1. Never tried this dessert before, but can imagine what it will taste like when chilled. Happy gudi Padwa and new year to you and yours.
    Love Ash.

  2. new to me..super dessert..happy new year...

  3. hello... very delicious dessert prepared on festival.Happy ugadi.
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  4. Rich n yummy desert! Looks divine with the red rose.. I Donno what is gudi padwa..Assuming it as some new year, wish you the same! ;)

  5. lookin yummy delicious and tempting

  6. this is new to me.. looks good.. Happy Gudi padwa to u too :)

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  7. Never had this, both the name and the dish, are awesome..

  8. I love this dessert. I lighter version used to be a regular on fasting days in older days :-)
    I don't use milk masala BTW.

  9. Happy Gudi Padwa. A very royal name to the recipe and it looks rich and royal too. Thanks for sharing and indeed Manasi's rose petals makes the dish look more beautiful.

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  10. totally royal treat for eye and tastebuds.................hats offf

  11. wow!!very delicious and different combo..beautiful presentation..loved it!!

  12. Super delicious and very nice presentation....

  13. Nice presentation and wonderful explanation

  14. Wow ! Great Delicious Recipe.
    Thnaks for linking this excellent recipe to my event.


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