Gajar Ka Halwa - Carrot Pudding

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Oct. 21, 2013

Whether you're celebrating Eid, Diwali, Christmas or any other special occasion or simply just want a special treat, this dessert is always a hit. Gajar Ka Halwa is a creamy and crunchy dessert made with carrots, cardamom, sugar and milk and enriched with nuts like pistachios, almonds, cashews, raisins and dates.

Ingredients

Milk 4 Cup (64 tbs) , divided
Juice of lemon 1/2 Medium
Ghee 2 Tablespoon
Cardamom pods 4 Medium , seeds crushed
Raisins 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Cashews 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) , chopped
Slivered blanched almonds 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Pistachios 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Dates 4 Medium , pitted, sliced
Grated carrots 4 Cup (64 tbs)
Sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs) (to taste)
For serving
Cardamom powder 1 Pinch
Slivered blanched almonds 1 Tablespoon
Pistachio 1 Tablespoon

Directions

GETTING READY

1. In 2 separate pans pour 2 cups of milk each and bring it to boil. To one pan add lemon juice and mix well till the milk curdles. Strain it in a muslin cloth to separate the creamy part. Set aside.

MAKING

2. In a pan heat the ghee. Add the cardamom, raisins, cashews, almonds and pistachios. Fry them for a few seconds or till they turn light brown. Add the dates and continue to sauté.

3. Put in the grated carrots and cook for around 10 minutes. Pour the boiled milk, stir well to combine and cook for another 10 minutes or till the carrots are cooked.

4. In a blender put 3 tablespoons of the cooked carrot mixture and blend to a paste. Add it to the halwa and mix well. Repeat this with the strained creamy milk solid obtained from the curdled milk. Add it to the halwa and mix well till combined.

5. Taste to check the sweetness of the carrots and add the sugar according to taste. Mix well and continue to cook till it is thick and creamy. Turn off the heat.

SERVING

6. In a serving plate, serve the halwa hot garnished with more cardamom powder, almonds and pistachios if desired.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 644Calories from Fat 261

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 30 g46.2%

Saturated Fat 10 g50%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol

Sodium 163 mg6.79%

Total Carbohydrates 89 g29.7%

Dietary Fiber 6 g24%

Sugars 74 g

Protein 15 g30%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet