Dec 302013
 

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I come from a family of professional sweet makers or as we call them in Hindi ‘Halwai’. My maternal Uncles run a restaurant in India which was established by my late Grandfather. The sweets and snacks made by them tastes heavenly. If you taste it once you will come back for more and more, I challenge you. When I was in India I enjoyed those delicacies in abundance. Now as I write this blog I miss those flavours. Every year during winters my grandfather used to send us Gajar ka halwa …I cant describe how amazing was that. The good part is my uncles have carried the tradition 🙂 So I will go back to India and devour lots of sweets and of course gajar ka halwa. Till then you enjoy this recipe which I have taken from Edible Garden, which is tasty by the way. I promise when I go to India I will learn to make Gajar ka Halwa the way my uncles make and post it here.

Directions:
1. In a pressure cooker add the grated carrots, (preferably the red ones you get in India during winters. If you cant get them you are a looser like me 😛 but you can use the orange ones. The halwa wont taste the same but will be close enough).

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2. Add Milk and water. Stir well and pressure cook for  about 7-8 mins. Turn off the flame but do not open it immediately. Let it cook further in its own steam.

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3. In a small pan heat the ghee and fry the cashew nuts,raisins and almonds until golden, set aside.. The use of ghee will bring in the most delightful flavour so it is highly recommended.

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4. Once the pressure cooker is ready to be opened, turn on flame again and keep it on low. Bring the carrot milk mixture to boil again and continue to cook on low flame for 10-15 mins until the mixture thickens and the milk becomes a bit grainy.


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5. Add the condensed milk and mix well. Let it cook for another couple of mins. The addition of condensed milk gives it enough sweetness. But if you have a sweet tooth add more sugar I wont judge you. 😛

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6. Next add the roasted cashew nuts, raisins, almonds and dates and the ghee it was roasted in. Top up with the cardamom powder. Mix well.


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Transfer it in a serving bowl. Me and my husband finished this in minutes. I am sure you will like to try this.

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Gajar Ka Halwa | Indian Carrot Milk Pudding
Serves 2
Delicious shredded carrots cooked in Milk with nuts and Cardamom. A winter bliss!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups of grated carrots, packed
  2. 2 cups of milk
  3. 1.5 cups of water
  4. 1/3 cup of sweetened condensed milk
  5. 1 tbsp of ghee
  6. 12 cashew nuts
  7. 10 raisins
  8. 5 Almonds Blanched and halved
  9. 3 chopped dates pitted
  10. 3 pods of cardamom, powdered
Instructions
  1. In a pressure cooker add the grated carrots, milk and water. Stir well and pressure cook for about 7-8 mins. Turn off the flame but do not open it immediately. Let it cook further in its own stem..
  2. In a small pan heat the ghee and fry the cashew nuts,raisins, almonds and dates until golden. Set aside.
  3. Once the pressure cooker is ready to be opened, turn on flame again and keep it on low. Bring the carrot milk mixture to boil again and continue to cook on low flame for 10-15 mins until the mixture thickens and the milk becomes a bit grainy.
  4. Add the condensed milk and mix well. Let it cook for another 2-3 mins. Adjust the amount of condensed milk to suit your sweetness levels. I didn’t add any sugar or other sweeteners beyond this.
  5. Next add the roasted cashew nuts, raisins, almonds and dates and the ghee it was roasted in. Top up with the cardamom powder. Mix well. Taste test and make sure all is ok and remove from fire.
Adapted from Edible Garden
Adapted from Edible Garden
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Comments

  1. I have a can of evaporated milk can I use that to make gajar halwa , in addition to regular milk?

  2. Sure Aditee Infact Evaporated Milk will give it a better taste. You make not require to use regular milk at all 🙂

  3. Thank you soo much 🙂