GAJAR KA HALWA (CARROT HALWA)

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Gajar ka halwa , also known as gajrela, is a dessert dish associated mainly with the north India. It is made by placing grated carrot in a pot containing a specific amount of milk and sugar and then cooking while stirring regularly. It is often served with a garnish of almonds and pistachios.

There are many variations of gajar ka halwa, but its main ingredients are freshly grated carrots, milk, sugar, and ghee. The quantity and quality may vary according to personal taste.

serves:6-7

ingredients:

  • carrot                             8-9 medium sized

  • milk                                       1 ltr

  • sugar                                   8-10 tbsp     

  • fresh cream/malai               1 tbsp

  • ghee                                     1 tbsp

  • almonds                               10-12

  • cashews                               10-12

  • raisins                                   1/2 cup

 

method:

  1. Firstly, take a deep kadai or pan, add all the milk to it and let it come to a boil.

  2. Now simmer the gas, and cook the milk till the it reduces to 1/4 of quantity,while stirring it continuously as we do not want our milk to get burnt. keep scraping the sides of the kadai to remove the evaporated milk solids and keep on adding them to milk.

     

  3. Meanwhile on the other side, peel, rinse and grate carrots using a grater or food processor.

     

  4. Put these grated carrots along with 1/4 cup of water to pressure cooker and cook it for 1 whistle. (note that water is optional and there is no need of water if your carrots are juicy enough)

  5. After the pressure releases, take out steamed carrots and  mix them with reduced milk.

     

  6. Mix them well and cook them together while stirring continiously for 10  minutes.

  7. Add ghee and sugar to it.

     

  8. Cook it again while stirring it continuously for more 6-7 minutes OR till all milk is evaporated.

     

  9. Now add fresh cream (optional) and all your dry fruits and mix it well and cook for 2 minutes and then switch off the gas.

  10. serve hot and enjoy your gajar ka halwa….

tip:

  • can be stored for about a week in a refrigrator.

  • store it after it cools down properly.

  • carrots to be grated on wider side of grater.

  • sugar to be adjusted as per your taste and how sweet your carrots are.

 

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