Gajar Halwa

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Yesterday at the market I found these lovely winter carrots; and I remember my friend’s words that these are best to make Carrot Halwa – a rich Indian dessert made with fresh carrots, milk and sugar, and of course ghee (clarified butter). And since my husband is a big fan of this lovely dessert, I picked a few without any second thoughts. The halwa can be garnished with some nuts of your choice (I prefer almonds or pistachio), and is best served warm/hot.

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You need-

  • Grated carrots – 3 cups
  • Evopurated milk – 1 cup
  • Fresh milk -1 cup
  • Caster sugar – 2/3 cup
  • Ghee/clarified butter – 2.5 tablespoons
  • Green cardamom powder – a good pinch
  • Chopped almonds – 2 tablespoons plus extra for garnishing

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How to-

In a wide pan heat the ghee. Add the chopped almonds and fry till lightly golden. Add the grated carrots and stir well.

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Add the evaporated and fresh milk and cook over medium-low heat till the liquid has almost evaporated; stirring constantly. This takes about 15 minutes. Do scrape the sides on the pan frequently.

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Now add the sugar and mix well. Continue to cook and stir till the mixture is dry and comes off from the sides of the pan.

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Add the cardamom powder and give a good mix. Turn off the heat.

Garnish with chopped almonds and serve  hot or warm.

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