Gajar ka halwa – a winter must

Gajar ka halwa – a winter must.  Bringing you a slice of India’s best, most vibrant and sweetest. Gajar ka halwa is the perfect winter dessert and the must make of the season. Rich, perfectly balanced, fudge-y and so so inviting! This dessert celebrates the plethora of good carrots we get this season. Dont miss out on this gorgeous recipe.

Gajar ka halwa - a winter must

 

I finally gave in to P’s long time demands and made his favourite gajar ka halwa yesterday. Needless to say he was grinning like a 5 yr old and THAT made me grin like a 4yr old too. I have given the usual gajar ka halwa a little twist by adding coconut to it and cooking it in coconut milk too. The result was rich and delicious, warm and filling. The coconut wasn’t too prominent but you could certainly taste it. Topped with ghee fried dry fruits and toasted coconut flakes, this was simply delightful. Quite frankly way better than my usual gajar ka halwa. If you dont have coconut milk or aren’t a fan of it, feel free to use regular milk. I used a combination of the two as I am in the midst of recipe testings and well coz frankly I love coconut milk.

gajar ka halwa -a winter must

There’s a story in me somewhere.
A story that’s seeking an audience.
Waiting patiently for ears that are willing to listen to the unspoken words and read between the lines. Words that have been trapped in my heart for quite sometime.
Words that are quietly demanding freedom. Somewhere that story is waiting for me.
Waiting for me to get over my fear, the embarrassment of my poor writing skills, of how banal I am in my thoughts and just tell you that story. 
There’s a part of me that wants to.
With all my heart.
But for the story to come I know I have to wait ..
a little longer, learn more, be more, do more.

gajar ka halwa - a winter must

And while I am waiting like a cocooned caterpillar this will have to do. Both for you and me. 
Me and my food… for now that’s all my heart is willing to share, all that I am unafraid of showing to the world is a glimpse of me through my food.

Now without further ado, please go ahead and make this delightful, perfect for the season gajar ka halwa. It will certainly bring a smile on the faces of everyone you share this with. 

Xo,

S.

gajar ka halwa - a winter must

gajar ka halwa -a winter must
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Gajar ka halwa - a winter must.

Gajar ka halwa - a winter must. Bringing you a slice of India's best, most vibrant and sweetest. Gajar ka halwa is the perfect winter dessert and the must make of the season. Rich, perfectly balanced, fudge-y and so so inviting!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cups grated carrot
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 l whole milk
  • 1/2 l coconut milk
  • 4 crushed cardamom
  • pinch of saffron
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup mixed dry fruits raisins, pistachios,almond.
  • 1/4 cup toasted dessicated coconut
  • edible silver foil for garnish optional

Instructions

  1. Heat the ghee in a heavy bottomed deep pan. Add the grated carrot and cook on low medium heat fro about 10 minures till the carrot becomes fragrant and changes color slightly. 

    Now add the milk and coconut milk, crushed cardamom, saffron. Let it come to a boil. Now reduce the heat and cook on medium low, uncovered, stirring the pot once in while till the milk reduces to half the volume. 

    Now add the sugar and condensed milk and cook till the halwa is almost dry. Keep it a little fudgy of course. 

    Finally pan fry off the dry fruits in a teaspoon of ghee (all dry fruits separately or the raisins will burn), toast the dessicated coconut on a dry tawa. Sprinkle everything into the halwa. Mix and garnish with edible silver foil if desired. 

    Tastes great warm and cold! 

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