Simple and Sweet - Carrot (Gaajar) Halwa


Carrots are the best food to help purify your blood. And though they are wonderful to be eaten raw, there's nothing more fulfilling than cooking them with milk and dry fruits in the form of a dessert! Yes, Carrot Halwa, or "Gaajar ka halwa" is a very popular dessert and I'm sure anyone who's ever been to an Indian restaurant would have left with sweet memories about it!! And what's more encouraging is the fact that it is indeed very simple and quick to cook; you can even make it in a microwave!! So try this healthy recipe for a quick satiation of your sweet tooth.

Ingredients
4 cups carrots - shredded
2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups whole milk or khoya
1/2 cup ghee (clarified butter)
1-2 tsp cardamom powder
1/2 cup dry fruits - pistachio,almonds,cashews-chopped or slivered

Method
Take a heavy saucepan and add the ghee to it. Cook the carrots in it till evenly coated. Now add the milk (or khoya) and sugar and let it be completely soaked by the carrots. Do not add water. Keep cooking on low to medium heat till carrots are well done.Now add half of the dry fruits, cardamom powder. Remove from flame and set to cool.
You can do this whole process in the microwave too! So add this to your microwave-recipes list and be sure to try it when you are in need of a healthy and quick dessert.

Serve it warm, garnished with pistachios and other dry fruits. It also tastes delicious with vanilla ice cream or custard.


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10 comments :

Padma said...

Pure delicious...I love Gajar ka halwa in India, I find carrots here are bland in taste. Really miss that flavor. ur m/w version is cool and can be done in mins...

Rajitha said...

yumm.. i love gajar ka halwa

Bhawna said...

Wow It looks amazing.

Jeena said...

Hi Mansi I love this recipe :) Could I just use almonds? Also do you have to use dried fruit? Looks lovely I have never used carrot in sweet before other than carrot cakes etc. :)

Cynthia said...

I've had halwas before but never carrot halwa. This seems to be a popular one though as I notice it on a lot of blogs.

Mansi Desai said...

I agree with you Padma, the carrots here are not the same as in India! but still, it's fine:)

Jeena, u can use only cashews, that's fine...I'd suggest roasting them in ghee a bit; that'll bring more flavour:) you can kip dry fruits altogether, but i think u'll enjoy it more with cashews and pistachios:)

timepass said...

Looks very tempting...the halwa tastes great too if made with red carrots that are available in north india

Latha Narasimhan said...

Nice recipe for a quick kaajar halwa! Looking delicious!

Pooja V said...

droolicious....i m still droling over the picture.

Ritesh said...

It was fast and fantabulous, thanks!