Thursday 10 November 2011

Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)

gajar ka halwa

Gajar ka halwa or carrot halwa is one of the most loved and known desserts of India. It's made best when red, juicy gajar are used but even orange carrots can be used if red ones are not available. The most laborious part of the recipe, that is, grating the gajar can be done using a food processor. It takes a little patience to get the perfect gajar ka halwa but the result is very sweet indeed!
Recipe of gajar ka halwa
1 kg gajar (carrots) - peeled and grated
1 liter full fat milk
2 tbsp mixed and chopped nuts like almonds, raisins and cashew nuts
1/2 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
3 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
3/4 cup sugar
1. In a deep and heavy bottomed pan (kadhai), bring the milk to boil.
2. Add the grated gajar and turn the heat to medium-low. Cook till all the milk evaporates, stirring occasionally.
3. When all the milk evaporates add sugar and cardamom powder. Cook till sugar melts.
4. Turning the heat to medium, add ghee. Roast the halwa till it turns deep red and ghee begins to separate. Turn off the heat and garnish with toasted chopped nuts. Serve gajar halwa hot, cold or warm. It tastes best when served warm.

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