Gajar ka Halwa recipe – why not try this winter

What comes on your mind when you are playing with winter dessert ideas for party? I am sure, it is Gajar ka Halwa. An Indian dessert with carrots, Gajar ka Halwa is a non-Bengali delicacy that enjoys huge popularity in the northern and north-western states of India. Of Indian sweets, it is a must have on plate for non-Bengalis, in winter. Now, Gajar ka Halwa has become with the cosmopolitan food culture of India. Cooking this delicacy is a culinary art that you need to master. Hope, our Gajar ka Halwa recipe can help you out. I would like you to take a glimpse of its history before you go through the recipe.

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Halwa is actually an Arabic word meaning ‘sweet’. Feeling Amazed? Actually this dish has an Arabic origin. It is quite similar to nut dishes in the Middle East and South Asia. The traders from those places came to India during the Mughal period and with them came some wonderful exotic recipes including Gajar ka Halwa. Later, the dish was popularized by the Shikh traders of Punjab.

Ingredients:

  • Carrots – 1 kg
  • Ghee – 3 tbls
  • Milk – 1 litre
  • Sugar – 450 grams
  • Almonds – 2 tbls
  • Pistachios – 2 tbls
  • Raisins – 2 tbls
  • Cardamom seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Water – 3/4 cup

How to Prepare

  • Wash the carrots and leave them to dry. Grate them.
  • Take a very small bowl, pour water into it and soak the raisins. Leave them for 30 mins. Meanwhile crush cardamom seeds slightly, blanch the nuts and shred them.
  • Take a pan and pour water into it. When water comes to a boil, slowly add the grated carrots. Cook for 6-7 mins.
  • Reduce the heat and add milk to the pan. Stir slowly but constantly. Add sugar to the pan and mix well. Cook until milk is completely absorbed.
  • Add ghee and cook for another 2-3 mins on low heat. Add raisins and crushed cardamom. Mix with the cooked carrots.
  • Remove the pan from oven and pour halwa on a serving bowl. Sprinkle almonds and pistachios on the top. Serve hot or cold.
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