Friday, June 8, 2012

Carrot Halwa or Gajar Halwa

Gajar Halwa
The first thing that comes in mind on reading gajar halwa are the hassles of peeling and grating carrots and its long and difficult procedure. But the below recipe is quick and hassle free.

Baby Carrots  - 1 lb
Milk - 2 cups
Sugar - 1/4th cup
Cardamon powder - 1 tsp
Raisins - few
Ghee - 1 tsp
Mixed Almonds & Cashew nuts- to decorate

Using baby carrots will eliminate the need of peeling and grating carrots with hands.

First, wash the baby carrots put them in a food processor and grind them until fine. Heat ghee in a thick bottomed pan, add grated carrots and saute for 5 mins. Add cardamom powder and saute for a minute. Cardamom powder will start giving its smell. After that add milk. Milk should cover the carrot mixture.

Add raisins. Stir and cook for five minutes. Add sugar and mix well. You may also add 1 tablespoon of condensed milk. If you are adding sweetened condensed milk then, taste it before adding sugar. Adding condensed milk gives a nice texture to the halwa. Cook until milk evaporates and carrots are cooked. Stir occasionally just to ensure that carrots do not stick to  the bottom.

You can see in the image above, milk has evaporated. Add chopped almonds and cashew nuts. Mix well. Serve hot or at room temperature. Its all your wish. You can see how well and yummy it turned out to be :) your comments and suggestions are welcome.. :)