06-Aug-2012

Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot dessert)

Gajar ka Halwa is liked by almost everyone from a kid to a granny. It reminds me of the wonderful moments back in my childhood when it was being cooked in the kitchen. There always used to be a "sense of impatience" which could only be resisted till the taste-check (which was recommended by me - WHITE LIE) before it could be off the stove.
Gajar ka Halwa is a dessert which is most popular in Northern India. It is made by simmered carrots, in sugar and milk in desi ghee (clarified butter). This sweet is more on calorie factor, so i have tweaked it a little bit and made a lighter version of it to suit our palette




Ingredients
Carrots 6 or 7 medium nos (750 gms)
2 tbsp of Ghee
250 ml Milk
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 tsp of Cardamom powder

Garnish
Raisins
Cashew nuts
Almonds
Serving : 4 people


Method 


Peel and grate the carrots. Heat up a pan and add the ghee. Let it melt and then put the shredded carrots and stir it for the next five minutes. you would see a changing color of the carrots. Check  the carrots for mushiness. It should be nearly done. Add milk to the pan and give it a stir. Let the milk simmer with carrots for about 7 minutes. Add sugar to it and mix it. Let it simmer for a while. Add 1/2 tsp of Cardamom powder to it for the aroma.
For garnishing, Take another pan, add 1 tsp of ghee to it. Toast some almonds and cashewnuts in the ghee. Switch off the flame and add the raisins. Add this to the Gajar ka Halwa. This dessert is ready to be served.


P.S: I made it as a side dish with Puri (Fried Indian bread) for one of our Iftars (Breaking the fast-meal)

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