Saturday, February 21, 2009

Gajar Halwa

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The most popular Indian dish made from grated carrots is "Gajar ka Halwa".
This halwa can be made with condensed milk/Khoya/milk.My sister loves it with coarsely powdered pedhas (instead of khoya).After Ganesh pujan we always has lots of pedhas,khoya modaks at home.My mom would make gajar ka halwa using those stuffs and the result was great yummy dessert.Beetroot halwa is also made in similar fashion.I remember one of my friend's mom making halwa using equal proportion of carrots and beetroots.Beetroot gives awesome colour to this dish


1 lb carrots grated
1/3 cup sugar (you could add more according to your liking)
1 tbsp ghee/clarified butter
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp cardamon powder
Raisins,almonds,cashew nuts-whatever your prefer


In a heavy bottom pan heat ghee.Add the raisins and nut fry for a min.Now add the carrot fry for couple of mins.Add in the milk cover and cook for 5-7 mins.Uncover add the sugar,stir and cook until its almost dry.Finally add the cardamon powder mix well.Switch off the heat and serve warm or chilled.

This is my entry for:"ORANGE" Food in Colors(FIC) hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen and Sunshinemom of Tongue Tickler.


Trupti said...

one of my fav ...looks very delicious

Aparna said...

One of my favourites, too. Thanks for sending it in for FIC Orange.