Desserts are not really my forte but sometimes when we crave Indian sweets (we live in Ireland) or we have certain festivals at home, I try and prepare the popular sweet dishes at home, the ones we grew up eating. Gajar ka Halwa is one of those desserts.
One of the most popular Indian dessert, ‘Gajar ka Halwa’ is a sweet carrot based pudding. It is known to have originated in the state of Punjab and is a sheer delight during the winter months and is prepared at homes all over India. Grated carrots, milk, sugar and nuts are stirred and cooked together to get a divine, delicious flavor.
Patience and hardwork is needed to make this pudding as you have to first grate the carrots and then slow cook them in stove top with other ingredients. One has to keep on stirring the halwa at frequent intervals throughout.
This is a quick, easy recipe of making Gajar ka halwa with condensed milk. Traditionally, it is made with khoya (dried evaporated milk solids used as a main ingredient in most of the Indian sweets), pistachios and almonds but I find this version easy to make with the limited ingredients we get in Ireland. It is equally yummy hot or cold! Give it a go and enjoy!
1 kg carrots
1.5 cups whole milk
1 tin condensed milk
2 tablespoons ghee
Some cardamoms and almonds
-Peel and grate the carrots.
-In a heavy- bottomed pan, pour the whole milk and add the grated carrots to it. Simmer on low heat only, stirring occasionally, till the milk dries up.
-Next, add about 3/4th of the condensed milk to the mixture and again stir & simmer till the liquid dries up. There’s no need to add sugar as the condensed milk is sweet enough! You can taste after this stage and add sugar or more condensed milk if needed.
-Add the ghee and crushed cardamom seeds next. Stir till you see ghee leaving the halwa. It should take around ten minutes.
-Add almonds+Pistachios and serve hot!