Gajar Halwa

Winter season in India brings variety of fresh vegetables in the market, along with fresh red carrots. During my childhood, I remember, when I could see those pyramids of carrots at vegetable market on my way home from school, I used to tell my friends that the season of gajar ka halwa has arrived. Being a favorite dessert of all, this dish is quiet a regular at my home in winter. Cooked in homemade clarified butter and garnished with dollop of extra malai (cream) from my Uncleโ€™s dairy farm added royal richness to the dish.

Far from my home, where I cannot get those things, I still have tried to give my best shot at adding that extra richness to this dessert.

Though this dish has those extra calories, donโ€™t we need those in this crazy winter ๐Ÿ˜‰

ย Ingredients

  • 1lb fresh carrots, grated
  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons of clarified butter
  • ยฝ cup ricotta cheese (preferable small curd)
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • Slivered almonds to garnish
  • Dried rose petals to garnish (optional)

ย Serving: 6

ย Procedure:

  • Heat clarified butter in skillet. Add grated carrot and cook till it is half done.
  • Add condensed milk and mix well followed by ricotta cheese. Keep mixing with spatula; it will avoid burning at the bottom.
  • Once the carrots become soft, add cardamom powder and slivered almonds. Mix well.
  • Garnish with dried rose petals and serve.

ย Notes:

  • In case you want to avoid using condensed milk, you can add one and half cup of cane sugar.
  • Also, ricotta cheese can be simply replaced by Khoya/ Mawa / khoa.


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