Today I am going to share with you the recipe for a delicious Indian sweet: gajar ka halwa (or carrot halwa). It is one of my husband’s favourite sweets and he has been raving about his grandmother’s carrot halwa since I can remember. Unfortunately, he does not have his granny’s recipe, so I never made it for him. I have seen a few recipes on the internet, but for some reason or the other I still never made it. Until the other day, when I stumbled upon the below recipe. It sounded good and easy enough to make, so I gave it a try. Well, it was a huge success with my husband. And with my kids too. I think I found a way to feed my 4 year old some carrots. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from La Fuji Mama
Ingredients (makes 8 – 10 servings):
900 gms – 2 lbs grated carrots
4 cups milk
2 cups sugar
1 2/3 cups dry powdered milk
1 tsp cardamom powder
3 tbsp ghee
Cashews or crushed pistachios for garnish.
Put the grated carrots and milk in a pot and bring to a boil over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring frequently until the milk is completely absorbed into the carrots.
Add the sugar, dry powdered milk and cardamom powder. Stir and cook for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat and keep aside.
In a frying pan, heat the ghee and add the carrot mixture. Cook, stirring, until the mixture turns a golden brown, then remove it from the heat.
The carrot halwa can be served in individual bowls/ramekins, or pressed into a mold.
It can be eaten warm or at room temperature. Decorate it with cashews or crushed pistachios.