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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Gajar Ka Halwa


Gajar ka halwa a popular Indian sweet dessert pudding needs no introduction. It is liked by one and all and is traditionally eaten during many of the Indian festivals and specially during winters. A favourite in my house , i need no occasion to prepare this sweet dish , but make it on the new year morning every year without fail :)

 A lip smacking  dessert made from grated Carrot , condensed Milk ,Sugar and Dry fruits. Can be made using Khoya also to reduce the time. I follow my Mums simple recipe in which grated carrots are first sauteed in little ghee and then cooked in milk. Further i add little fresh cream and dry fruits to make it rich and creamy.The halwa is flavored with cardamom and nutmeg powder. This sweet dish can be made ahead of time and stored in refrigerator and served hot or cold.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 kg Carrot (approx. 4-5 large carrots)
  • 3 Cups Milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh Cream
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom and Nutmeg powder 
  • 3 tbsp roughly chopped Almonds and Cashew nuts +few Almonds for garnishing
Method:
  1. Wash , peel and grate the Carrots .


   2.  In a non stick wok or pan , heat up 2 tbsp ghee and add the grated Carrots in it and saute well for 2-3 minutes. Cover it with a lid and let the carrots soften for 2-3 minutes more on a low flame.




  3.  Remove the lid and stir in hot milk to the grated carrots. Mix well and let the carrots cook in the milk on a medium heat.


  4.  After few minutes, we can see the carrots absorb all the milk and become creamy, at this stage add the fresh cream and give a quick stir. Keep stirring and cook further until the mixture become dry. At this stage add the sugar and mix well.



  5.  Once the sugar completely melts and the halwa becomes dry , add the chopped nuts and Cardamom and Nutmeg powder. Cook for a minute or so and put off the flame.


  6. Garnish the Carrot halwa with Cashews and serve hot or cold as per liking and enjoy !!


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Wishing all of you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year !!


9 comments :

  1. Gajjar ka halwa is like a pudding of carrot but it is made with pure butter and lots of milk. It is one the popular desserts in Pakistan and India.

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  4. Gajjar halwa is a such an easy and versatile sweet dish. Haven't made it in a very long time. Love your idea of adding fresh cream instead of mawa.

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    1. Thank you di..do give it a try ..i am sure you will love this version

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