Gajar Halwa or Indian Carrot Pudding

Gajar halwa is a favourite Indian dessert prepared using red carrots which are available in winter. Recipe is very simple and can be prepared with ingredients which are easily available. If red carrots are not available, you can use any available variety to prepare this winter delicacy. I have used british orange carrots and it tastes delicious. Checkout my recipe below and I hope you’ll love it !!

Ingredients:

3 cups of grated carrots

3/4 cups of sugar

5 cups of milk

1/2 cups of ghee (clarified butter)

1/2 cups of chopped cashews

1/2 cups of chopped almonds

2 tsp of cardamom powder

Few strands of saffron

Pinch of salt

Method:

Take a pan on a medium low flame and add grated carrots, milk and saffron strands to it. Let carrots cook with milk on a low flame. Keep stirring so that milk won’t stick to the bottom of pan. Keep cooking until milk turns into solid form.

It will take some time around 1 hour to solidify the milk but continue cooking on low flame only. Carrots will turn translucent when it cooks completely and milk will also solidify. On a separate small pan, heat the ghee and fry dry fruits into it. Add fried dry fruits into pan of cooked carrots (PS. do not switch off this pan, keep it on low flame).

Mix carrots and dry fruits throughly. Once carrots are cooked, add sugar into it. Sugar needs to add only once carrots are cooked else sugar won’t allow to cook carrots further. Once we add sugar, it will melt and loosen up the halwa. Keep cooking further until halwa comes together, add cardamom powder and pinch of salt. Mix the Halwa well and serve it hot. You can garnish it with more dry fruits on top.

Gajar Halwa tastes best when served hot but you can enjoy it cold as well.

Incase you want to save time, cook grated carrots in ghee and add 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of khoya to it. Khoya is solid form of milk, so it will fasten the entire process. Khoya can be replaced with unsalted ricotta cheese as well.

I hope you find this recipe usually, enjoy!!

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