Rarely do I cook just for myself… Since I have a husband and a kid, I have to think about their tastes and take their likes and dislikes into consideration… But as I was in the mood to cook a camel on Thursday, and I was really missing my mom for some reaso, I made a teeny bit of Gajar ka Halwa. I love this typical North Indian dessert made primarily with carrots and milk. As it is not much liked by my family here (strange!), I haven’t made it in a long time… Mostly, I just satisfy my craving for it, by either looking for restaurants that serve good gajar halwa (very rare) or praying everytime we go to some friend’s house for dinner that they will serve it for dessert. 🙂
Luckily it turned out as good as ever. Only wished I could have shared it with my Mom.
Honestly, this is one of the easiest, yummiest desserts of all time… All you need is some milk and carrots…. Pour them together and let it simmer. I know that some people like to add condensed milk or khoya (dry form of condensed milk). It can reduce cooking time and make the dessert richer.
Gajar ka Halwa / Carrot pudding
250 gms Carrot – grated
500 ml. Milk***
2 tblsp. Ghee
1/2 tsp. Cardamom/Elaichi powder
1 – 1 1/2 cup Sugar (alter as per your taste)
1 -2 tblsp. Almond, pistachios and raisins
- In a thick bottomed pan pour the milk and add the grated carrots.
- After the milk comes to a boil, let the mixture simmer while the carrots cook. Stir occasionally till the milk reduces to half. This would take around 25-30 minutes.
- Once the milk has reduced to half, add the sugar. Stir well. Then add 1 tblsp. of ghee and stir. Now add the cardamom powder and keep stirring. The mix should be almost dry by now but not completely dry.
- In another small pan, heat the remaining ghee and fry the nuts till they turn slightly brown. Pour this over the carrot mix.
Serve hot or chill the mix for a while and serve. Yumminess!!!!!
*** You can even cook the carrots in around 3-4 tblsp. of water before adding the milk. Or you can add condensed milk to reduce cooking time. Tell me if you have tried either and what you thought of the results.