Friday, March 23, 2012

Gajar ka Halwa ( Sweet Carrot Pudding)

Halwa is a word used to describe many types of dense sweet confections. There are a lot many different types of Halwa that can be made like flour based ( See my whole wheat halwa recipe), nut based, veggies like squash (Yes! You read it right! See recipe here), carrot (gajar) based....recipe of which I am going to share with you today.

Gajar Halwa is one of the most famous desserts made in North India typically during the winter times because that's when you get carrots in India. Those red carrots are just so delicious and has natural sweet taste. This is the first time I made gajar halwa and I wasn't sure if the halwa made from orange carrots is going to taste as delicious as the one made from red carrots. To my surprise, it came out so delicious and you can't even tell that its made from orange carrots. The color of cooked halwa came out so rich and beautiful too!


For Gajar halwa, carrots are cooked on medium low flame in the milk until they soak up all the milk and then added to it is sugar, nuts, cardamom powder, khoya, ghee and cooked some more and the result is this delicious rich pudding.


Here is the delicious recipe (Click here for the printable version)

Ingredients:
6 cups-shredded carrots (Peel and wash before shredding)
3 cups-whole milk
1 1/2 cup-sugar
1/2 cup-khoya (divided)
4 tbsp- ghee (clarified butter)
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
15-20- raisins ( soak in water for 30 min)
chopped almonds and cashews

Method:
1. In a thick bottomed pan, heat 2 tbsp of ghee and add the carrots. Cook carrots while stirring for about 10 min. The color of carrots will start to change. It will look pale.
2. Add the milk and let the carrots cook in milk on medium-low flame while stirring occasionally until the milk is reduced to half the quantity.
3. Add sugar and 1/4 cup of khoya at this point and let it cook, this time until all the liquid is soaked up.
4. Once all the liquid is soaked, add the 2 tbsp of ghee, raisins, almonds, cashews and cook it while stirring occasionally until the ghee starts to leave the sides. You will see that the color of the pudding will turn darker in color.
5. Switch of the gas and mix in the cardamom powder.

Garnish with rest of the khoya and serve warm.


28 comments:

Srimathi said...

Looks absolutely delicious! I have to say that the gajar halwa photos looks perfect.

Aruna Manikandan said...

wow...
looks delicious :)

Farah said...

looks so proffessional!...lovely pics!

Sumi said...

love the picture , as well as the new look of your blog :)

uma shankar said...

has come out perfect!

Kalpana Sareesh said...

looks gorgeous!!

Kavi said...

looks brilliant!

Apu said...

Yumm!! That halwa is lip smacking!!

Katy ~ said...

oooh, this looks so like a healthy and delicious dessert. I would love to have some of this.

bwl said...

Heaven in a few simple bites
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hyd said...

Yummy!!!!
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MJ said...

The Gajar halwa looks delicious

Spice up the Curry said...

halwa looks awesome

Shanky Jindal said...

Loved the blog....
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Rugrat Chow! said...

Love those bowls!! :)

Rekha said...

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iridiscent petals said...

very nice pictures and looks very yummy too...love ur space

pon said...

deliciously delicious.....
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seo said...

Very good post! Thanks a lot.

roses said...

Yummy!!!!
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Gopika Ram said...

Woww.. Vaishali.. the halwa looks superb :) Cant wait to try it at home..

Revathi said...

yummy carrot halwa...neat clicks...1st time in ur space..great collections,and when ur free please drop into my blog

Poonam said...

o` woww...this is so yummy

Teena Mary said...

ahh...loved the bright colour & presentation! Looks YUM :) I'm impressed with your photography too!

Chitrangada said...

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Gaurav said...

Gajar ka halwa, that is mouth watering. I will just prepare and eat, carrots are with me.

Gaurav said...

I have relished Gajar ka halwa every time my mom comes here.

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