Gajar ka Halwa is a light nutritious dessert with less fat than many other typical South Asian desserts. The dessert is traditionally eaten during all of the festivals in India, mainly on the occasion of Diwali.It has a medium shelf life so its always better to prepare little and consume early.
As per Wiki, In 300 grams of gajar halwa there are 268 calories (76 come from fat, 180 from carbohydrate and 16 from protein). It can be prepared easily usin g microwave or pressure cooker but i dont like that taste, since gajjar doesnt get enough time to soak and dry. To add rich taste to your halwa, so that its melts in mouth, cook it in milk, and add khoya at end.
So let me share my recipe ,which is very easy and taught to me by my Mom and grandma.
Time to cook : 1.5hrs
- 2kg carrot (गाजर)
- 400 gm Khoya (400 ग्राम खोया)
- 250 gm Sugar (चीनी)
- ½ litre milk (1/2 लीटर दुध)
- 50 gm each of almond, nuts & raisins (50 ग्राम कटी हुई बादाम, काजू ,किशमिश)
- 1 spoon cardamom powder (इलायची )
Method of Preparation:
- Peel, wash and then grate the carrots. You can grate it manually using grating tool or you can use food processors to ease out your work. (take 15mins)
- Heat a pan and put the grated carrot and cook on medium flame till the raw smell disappears. (approx. 20-25 mins). Don’t hurry to go to step 3. Let water evaporate properly so that carrot can consume Milk nicely in next step. If you leave carrots slightly wet then Milk will not be properly consumed by carrot and it will not melt properly in mouth at the end.
- Add milk and boil on low flame till thick. You can put a lid over your pan and relax for sometime. It will take minimum 20 mins. You can stir in between so that carrot doesn’t stick to your pan.
- Once it starts thickening ,add sugar and stir. Cook on low flame for further thickness. When you add sugar, it will again leave lot of water, so cook evenly to let water evaporate. This step again takes 15-20 mins. Stir in between.
- Meanwhile grate khoya and keep aside.
- Once you see carrots are dried (least wet), add Khoya, which you have grated before.
- Continue to cook and stir the carrot mixture till it dries.
- Add cardamom powder and stir.
- Finally garnish with almond, nuts and raisins.
Carrot Halwa or Gajjar ka Halwa is ready. Serve hot