Talk of an Indian Dessert,first thing that pops in our mind is Gajar Ka Halwa.
Gajar ka Halwa is such a versatile dessert that irrespective of diversity in Indian Culture,it is quite popular and commonly prepared in every household over every festivals. This year, I chose to prepare this dessert for Diwali .
This sweet could be prepared in many ways – the traditional way of cooking for long hours , Microwave Method,using Condensed Milk, using Khoya, Pressure cook method and so on.
There are recipes for Gajar ka Halwa with other methods in my blog
Gajar ka Halwa with Condensed milk
Gajar ka Halwa with Khoya
Please feel free to try which ever method suits you with the ingredients available and time.
Gajar ka Halwa popularly known as Carrot ka Halwa is a traditional Indian dessert made with Grated Carrots, milk, sugar, ghee and cardamom powder. I have used a box grater to grate the carrots for this dessert. Having said that if you have a Food Processor, please do use grating blade as this reduces the preparation time massively.
Gajar ka Halwa popularly known as Carrot ka Halwa is a traditional Indian dessert made with Grated Carrots, milk, sugar, ghee and cardamom powder.
- 1.2 kg Carrots
- 1 litre Full Fat Milk
- 250 ml Low fat double cream
- 11/2 cup Sugar
- 5 Tbsp Fresh Ghee
- 4-5 Nos Crushed Cardamon
- Handful of Pistachio
Wash, dry & peel Carrots. Grate them on a box grater or using a food processor.
In a thick bottom non stick pan , add Grated carrot and Milk together and allow it to cook on low flame for nearly about 40-45 min with gentle stirring occasionally.
Once the milk begins to condense, add the double cream & sugar .
Allow it to cook until the sugar has dissolved and all the milk, cream has been absorbed. Make sure to stir in between.
Add 5 Tbsp of ghee & crushed cardamon (elachi) and stir for 2-3 minutes.
Remove the gajar halwa from heat and arrange in a serving dish. Garnish with roasted Pistachio.
Gajar ka halwa tastes good when served warm or cold. Many people love this delicacy with a scoop of Vanilla Icre cream.
This recipe for Gajar ka Halwa should serve approximately 12 for dessert.
My mother would always look and buy the Red carrots for preparing this delicacy. Color of the halwa is just worth the wait. I prefer to use fresh ghee by melting fresh butter for this preparation. I also love to add the roasted almonds & cashewnuts in each cup before serving. This is to avoid sogginess of the nuts and keep it fresh. Gajar ka Halwa need not be stored in fridge in winter months.. But in very warm places, it is advisable to store in the fridge