Sunday, September 27, 2009

Gaajar ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa) II

Grated carrots cooked in thickened milk, garnished with nuts and raisins.


  • 2 pounds grated carrots
  • 1 liter full cream milk
  • 4 tbsp ghee ( clarified butter)
  • 1 cup sugar (modify according to taste)
  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • Almonds slivered
  • Cashew nuts chopped
  • 1 tsp green cardamoms powder
  • 1 tsp Rose water

  • Heat ghee in a heavy base kadhai / wok.

  • Add cardamom powder

  • Add grated carrot.

  • Stir for 2-3 minutes.

  • Add milk

  • Bring it to boil.

  • Cook over medium heat until all the milk is dried up.

  • You should stir the mixture occasionally to prevent any sticking.

  • Add condensed milk

  • and sugar to it.

  • Stir well and fry on medium-low heat until ghee starts separating. At this stage they should turn a rich, reddish color.

  • Heat 3-4 tbsp ghee in a small pan and fry nuts in it.

  • Add this ghee with nuts to carrot halwa and stir well.

  • This gives glaze and flavor to halwa.

  • Remove from fire and mix in the rose water.
  • Garnish with almonds and cashew nuts.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

Do You Know?

Consuming carrots is also reported to increase the skins resistance to ultraviolet light, so it helps in protecting against skin cancer along with premature ageing. Carrots are rich in fibreand may help reduce blood cholesterol and are said to combat constipation.

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