Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Carrot Halwa/Gajar Ka Halwa....step by step


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Carrot Halwa or Gajar Ka Halwa is a simple carrot sweet dish. Carrots are simmered in milk and sugar till it is evaporated. My son loves this very much and yes I make this often for him. I usually grate it in my food processor and always use rich red color and juicy carrots which we get at this season.


I always add 3 or 4 green cardamons crushed and roasted (in ghee) cashewnuts and raisins.
The white spots you see on top is some silver balls I sprinkled before taking the picture :)

One thing I have noticed is that when you make the halwa with whole milk (full fat) you do not need to add extra ghee, but if you are using skimmed milk like I did for this post, then you need to add a little bit of ghee. But if you compare skimmed milk halwa and whole milk halwa....I'd choose the whole milk because you can see tiny weeny bits of khoya in the halwa and ghee from the whole milk itself makes it more juicy and tasty. I have included a picture of whole milk halwa at the end of this post.

Ingredients:
Fresh carrots: 1 kg, grated.
Sugar: 2 cups. (if you do not like too sweet then reduce by half cup, I am on the sweeter side).
Milk: 1 litre, if using whole milk no need to add ghee).
Ghee: 1 tbsp.(optional, only use if using skimmed milk)
Cahewnuts and rasins: 1 tbsp each. (optinal)
Crushed cardamon: 1 tsp.

Method:
1.Wash and scrap the carrots

2. Grate the carrots in a food processor or by hand held grater.

3. Put the carrots in a  large deep bottomed pan along with milk and sugar. Bring it to a boil and put the fire on medium (keep an eye on it coz the milk might boil over).

4. When the milk is almost evaporated...

5. Add the crushed cardamon. Fry the cahsewnuts and raisins in ghee and pour it in.

Again mix well for another 10 to 15 min or until the milk has evaporated completely. Allow it to cool. And served chilled or at room temp.


You can also serve with a dollop of vanilla ice cream but I like it to be served on its own.

Now about the full fat or whole milk halwa, like I mentioned earlier you need not add ghee or any dry fruits to it, though adding dry fruits is a personal choice, ofcourse cardamon gives that distinct flavor. Yesterday I made with whole milk and I took a close up pic to show the koya granules in the halwa. Though there is not a bit of ghee in the halwa, it is a bit chewy, glossy, and sticky as though I have poured tons of ghee (clarified butter) into it. Also I did not add any dry fruits...so you could call it a plain Jane!.

Halwa with low fat milk/ghee/dry fruits
                   

Halwa with whole milk minus ghee/dry fruits.       

Pick your choice and enjoy!!

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27 comments:

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  2. This is my favorite sweet and looking at this I would like a big helping.

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  3. Delicious and yummy halwa...my fav, looks so tempting

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  4. wow..that's so yummy and mouth watering picture of carrot halwa....liked ur step by step clicks

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  5. Gajar ka halwa looks simply awesome and inviting.

    Deepa
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  6. hi nisa..........carrot halwa looks amazing! one of my favs! glad to b ur follower!

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  7. ohhh..yeah...this looks soooooooooooo good & tempting..;)

    Tasty Appetite

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  8. That looks soooo colorful and yummy. Thanx for stopping by. Would love to link up this recipe at my ongoing event. :o) Happy to follow you too..

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  9. my fav indian dessert...looks yummy. even i like teh whole milk version because of the khoya in it :)

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  10. You have presented it so beautifully, dear!
    I add a lot of ghee for this, but your recipe enlightens me of using a little less now. The pics are just too good.
    Thanks for linking.


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  11. This looks divine; just so beautifully presented!!
    I was enlightened by your idea of dropping ghee with full cream milk coz I use it in excess like my mom. :)
    Thanks for linking this lovely dessert. Following you now. :)

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  12. Just looks awesome......very nice pics..... yum n delicious!

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  13. What a fabulous dessert! I've never had it before so I'm really curious as to how it taste. I guess the only way to know is to make it! :) Bookmarked!

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  14. thats look yummy. nice stet by step pics. easy to follow

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  15. Hi Nisa,
    You know by now that I just love trying your recipes and this one looks great. I can't wait to make it all packed with great flavor and those wonderful carrots. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  16. Thankyou all for the lovely inspirations....

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  17. I made this a couple of days ago. It turned out great. I searched the Internet for this recipe because I had eaten carrot halwa made by a coworker back in the 70s. She was from Dehli. She covered the top of hers with bay leaves. I didn't do this and followed your recipe exactly. Do you ever use red carrots?

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    1. Hey Laura, thank you for the positive feedback and I am so glad that you enjoyed the halwa and for taking time to let me know also....bay leaves?? on top of halwa...I wonder how it will taste....red carrots-no i have not tried with it...since it is not available in Kerala (south India). Do keep visiting and have a great day.

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  18. This is a great recipe!I tried it and my family enjoyed it..Pinning it on to Pintrest.com!!Thankyou so much for sharing such wonderful recipes!!

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  19. Thanks a lot for this recipe!I tried it and my family enjoyed it..Pinning it on to Pintrest.com!Thanks for sharing all the wonderful recipes.

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    1. Bincy- Thank you dear...i am so glad that your family enjoyed this halwa as much as we did...thanks for pinning dear...

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  20. Hi Nisa, Over weekend wanted to make gajar halwa in large quantity..I googled to check ratio of milk and gajar...I hit this recipe while searching...I had no enough milk for 5 lbs carrots also had less time so I had planned to use condensed milk. Thanks for pictorial details showing difference of whole milk and low fat milk use in gajar halwa, that was informative. Thanks.

    I used milk by evaporating 7 cups milk to 2 cups. I used 2% fat milk because there was no time to go out and get whole milk. I used butter to saute grated carrots, for sweetness I used sugar and condensed milk. It was quite an effort to prepare 5 lbs carrot halwa...but once I set it in tray it looked very good.

    You have nice collection of recipes, liked your kitchen, partly it is similar to my in-laws kitchen which is near Kannur. I will come back to comment on other post I read about your blogging journey.

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  21. Hi Nisa, I just found your wonderful blog! You do make cooking easy! What food processor do you use? It has to be good for grating carrots,to make this dish! Can you, or perhaps,one of your online blogger friends tell me what I can buy, here in USA?

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  22. Anon-Hey, thanks for the wonderful inspiration and for stopping by. The food processor i use is Philips (Indian made)When u buy food processor just look for the one which has atleast 500watt. I have heard good reviews about cusinart. Check out this link http://www.cuisinart.com/products/food_processors/dlc-10s.html

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  23. Tasty n easy recipe... Tried wit blueberries n cherries instead of raisins... My one yr boy likes dis vitamin rich dish... Tnks a lot...

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