Gajar ka Halwa / Carrot pudding

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.

K800_IMG_5770The carrots in India used to be very red and the end result used to be a rich red colored Halwa. I’ve never seen those red carrots here in the UAE. So, grate the orange carrots!

K800_IMG_5756Honestly, 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.

K800_IMG_5758Well, you also need some sugar and pure ghee and cardamom, to add some flavor…

K800_IMG_5759But most of all you need patience as it simmers there in front of you, until the milk condenses and is combined with the carrots.

K800_IMG_5761Finally, adding to the decadence, sprinkle some nuts fried in pure ghee.

Gajar ka Halwa / Carrot pudding

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  1. In a thick bottomed pan pour the milk and add the grated carrots.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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9 responses to “Gajar ka Halwa / Carrot pudding

  1. I love it too! I have a quick round time for this one… I won’t grate… jus run it for few seconds in the mixed and add sugar plus milkmaid… done. I do this way for my daughter when she was some 7 months n was on the puree diet;)…. still works good for me!

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