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Gajar Halwa

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Ingredients
  Carrots 500 Gram (Indian Variety)
  Full fat milk 2 Liter
  Ghee 4 Tablespoon
  Cardamom powder 1 Teaspoon
  Sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Chopped nuts 50 Gram
Directions

1- Peel and grate the carrots.
2- Fry the chopped nuts (cashew nuts, almonds, pistachio, etc.) in ghee and keep them aside.
3- Saute the grated carrots in the same ghee for a few seconds.
4- Add milk and sugar to the carrots.
5- Cook the mixture until all the milk evaporates (this might take a long time)
6- Once the mixture reaches a soft ball consistency add the cardamom powder and stir - your gajar halwa is ready.
7- Garnish with fried nuts and serve warm

Tips:

1- Keep stirring the milk + carrot mixture to prevent it from sticking to the pan.
2- If you don't have Indian carrots, then you can add 3 tbsps of grated beetroot to add color to the orange carrots.
3- Try serving gajar halwa with vanilla ice cream for an interesting twist.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
Indian
Course: 
Dessert
Taste: 
Sweet
Feel: 
Rich
Method: 
Reduction
Occasion: 
Diwali
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Carrot
Servings: 
6
Story
Gajar halwa – my earliest memories of this traditional Indian dessert, is that of my mother painstakingly grating several Red Indian carrots, while me and my little sis would annoyingly keeping singing, “ayega ayega halwa wala ayega” (we both were Mithun da fans you see ). Once the gajar halwa would get ready, it would not take more than few minutes for us gluttons to finish off the lot! Through the years, my love for gajar halwa has only increased and even today my mother uses the same old handheld grater to grate the carrots and uses nothing but homemade cow’s ghee for preparing the halwa. However, things did change a bit after I got married… my husband hated carrots – be it carrot halwa or carrot cake… he just could not stand them! I was shattered (and mind you I am not exaggerating) and rushed to mum for help and always she had the solution. Well you see my husband loves milk sweets, he is just crazy about them, so my mum suggested why not modify the traditional gajar halwa recipe in such a way that it has more of milk and less of carrots! Well, frankly speaking, I was a bit skeptical at first, both about my hubby dear liking it and more importantly about the “gajar halwa” recipe. But I decided to give it a try anyways and good that I did! My husband not only ate it without complaining, but also asked for seconds!! So here it is a carrot halwa recipe for all those who hate carrots….
Subtitle: 
Carrot halwa

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2 Comments

Rashmi.vilas's picture
Wow!!!! Yummy....
lekshmivinod's picture
i love this....my fav desert....mmmm....yummmy!!!