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!
- 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)
Add sugar and stir every 15 to 20 minutes, to make sure the bottom does not burn.
After 3 hours, the halwa will be ready.
Serve cold in silver bowls and garnish with edible silver paper and almonds.