Friday, February 21, 2014

GAJAR KA HALWA

GAJAR KA HALWA

Gajar ka Halwa is a very popular sweet made in most Indian homes though it's origins are from the plains of North India. The name comes from Gajar being the Hindi word for carrots. Halwa is a type of Indian sweet.

There are different methods of making this dish. Today, I share the relatively easy way I have been making this for years! While some add khova/khoya/mawa, I have instead used store bought Nestles Sweetened Condensed Milk which saves so much time and effort!




Ingredients:
  • Carrots, 750 gms
  • Milk, 750 ml, (3/4 litre)
  • Condensed Milk, 1 tin (400 gms)
  • Sugar, 2 tbsp, or to taste
  • Raisins, 1 tbsp
  • Cashewnuts, 1 tbsp
  • Ghee, 1 tbsp
  • Cardamom Powder (from 4-5 pods)

Method:
Wash the carrots thoroughly and grate them
Heat some ghee in a kadhai and lightly roast the cashewnuts and raisins. Keep aside.
Boil the milk and add the grated carrots. Cook till the carrots become soft, stirring every now and then. This takes about 8-10 minutes.
Add the sweetened condensed milk and sugar
Cook on low flame for about 25-30 minutes stirring from time to time
Add ghee and cook for another 10 minutes or till the halwa leaves the sides of the kadhai
Add the cardamom powder
Garnish with the roasted cashewnuts and raisins
Serve hot. This is often served with vanilla ice cream.