Monday, September 20, 2010

Carrot Halwa / Gaajar ka Halwa

Today Mom and me made yummy yummy Gaajar Halwa. It turned out to be so delicious. I had the halwa with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream and roasted nuts. It was a mini sundae - Desi style.How did I make it? Well, here is the story behind its making..


Grated Carrots - 2 cups
Whole milk - 2 cups
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Cashews - About 6-8
Clarified Butter/Ghee - 1/2 Cup
Cardamom Powder - 1/2 teaspoon


  • Take a heavy bottomed pan and add the ghee/ clarified butter. Once the ghee is warm, add the grated carrots and stir it till the raw smell of the carrot is gone.
  • In another pan, boil 2 cups of milk and allow it to boil till it reduces to half the volume.
  • Add this reduced milk to the carrots and stir it well for another 5-6 minutes.
  • Then add the sugar and mix it well.
  • Keep stirring the mixture and take care that the mixture does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • The halwa is done when the ghee starts leaving on the sides of the mixture.
  • Add the cardamom powder and mix it well into the mixture.
  • Take a tadka pan and add a little ghee to it and add the cashewnuts and roast them until golden brown.
  • Garnish the Halwa with the roasted Cashews.