Carrot Halwa- “Gajar Ka Halwa”

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My little one all dolled up and excited for the festivities! Happy Diwali!

Wishing all my readers a very Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New Year! “Diwali” is the Hindu festival of lights. This year it will be celebrated on Sunday, November 3rd. The festival symbolizes the victory of good over evil, light over dark and truth over falsehood. We celebrate by lighting “Diyas”, preparing delicious food and Indian desserts and by making sure the house is spic and span.”Laxmi” the Goddess of wealth is worshipped. It is believed that “Laxmi” the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity comes to every home on “Diwali” night.

This year, I decided to prepare Carrot or “Gajar Ka Halwa”. Carrots are grated and then thrown into whole milk and thickened. Sugar and cardamom powder is added for extra sweetness and flavor. I like to serve this dessert cold but you can serve it warm with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or serve it warm with “poori” along with the main course. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds carrots, cut the tops off, peeled and grated (approximately 5 cups of grated carrots)
  • 10 cups of whole milk (I usually double the quantity of milk to the carrots)
  • 1  1/4  cups granulated white sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon green cardamom powder
  • handful of almonds, peeled and sliced, optional, I skipped this due to allergy concerns
  • silver edible paper- optional for decoration (available in the Indian grocery store)

Method:IMG_5143

Peel, cut the tops of the carrots and grate , keep aside.IMG_5149

IMG_5155Put the carrots into a heavy bottomed pan. Add milk to this (double the quantity of milk to the carrots) and keep on medium heat.

Add sugar and stir every 15 to 20 minutes, to make sure the bottom does not burn.

After about 2 hours, add the cardamom powder and stir well.IMG_5188

After 3  hours, the halwa will be ready.

I like to cool it before putting it away in the refrigerator.DSC_7008

Serve cold in silver bowls and garnish with edible silver paper and almonds.

Enjoy!

 

 

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