carrot halwa

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Carrot Halwa is a rich Indian dessert filled with dry fruits and made with pure ghee/clarified butter. The sweetness of the carrots enhance the taste of this great dessert.

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Carrot Halwa or Gajar ka Halwa as its called in the North of India. Even though its a dessert from the North of India, it has been well adapted in the South as well. Up North this halwa is also made using red carrots. And people who have eaten this would vouch for its taste . They are not that easily available in all parts of India, I do not know much about it except for the fact that I scrape every last bite of this dessert 🙂

The last time I made this , I used about a kg of carrots. It seems a lot but believe me it won’t be long before you will be nibbling on the last bite of it. It is quite a simple recipe with basic ingredients. The only laborious part would be the grating of the carrots. So if you have a food processor then its as easy as cutting a piece of cake !!

Ingredients
Serves 6-7

1 Kg of Carrots, grated
2-3 tablespoons of Ghee/Clarified Butter
2 cups of Milk
3 Cardamomn pods, powdered
3/4th cup of Sugar
5-6 Cashewnuts,chopped
5-6 Almonds, slivered
A small handfull of Raisins {Optional}
1/2 cup Milk Powder

Method

  • Peel the carrots and wash them.
  • Grate the carrots or use a food processor.
  • Heat a tablespoon of Ghee/Clarified butter in a big pot.
  • When its hot , add the dry fruits and fry them till golden brown.
  • Remove it onto a plate.
  • Add the carrots and sauté it for about 4-5 mins.
  • Now add milk and slowly cook the carrots. The milk should evaporate fully. This might take some time.
  • When the milk has evaporated, add sugar.
  • After you add sugar , the mixture will become loose and watery.
  • Stir it for a few minutes {about 15 mins} it will thicken and leave the sides of the pan.
  • Now add the cardamom powder, all the fried dried fruits and the leftover ghee.
  • Mix it well and remove it from fire.
  • This dessert can be enjoyed hot or cold.
  • Halwa can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator. It stays good for 4-5 days.

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Heap of Spice

daughter, daughter in law , wife, mother of two, sister ,aunt , homemaker 😃

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