Sunday, December 18, 2011

Carrot Pudding (Gajar ka Halwa/Gajrela)

Indian Vegetarian Dessert Special
Traditional Indian Sweets! 
Carrot Pudding (Gajar ka Halwa/Gajrela)- a Popular Winter Delicacy from India!
Serves 8-10

Red Carrots (Gajar)- 2 Kilograms, Shredded Coarsely 
Full Cream Milk- 2 Litre
Sugar- 2 Cup (modify according to personal choice)
Cardamon Powder (Kuti Hui Elaichi)- 2 Tsp.
Dry Fruits (equal quantities of Cashew, Almonds, Pistachios, Raisins)- ¾ Cup, Sliced finely/Slivered

Wash, Scrape and Coarsely Grate Carrots 
Boil Milk in a Wide Mouthed Pan (Preferably a Metal/Hindalium Pot) till it starts to Boil
Add Shredded Carrots in the Milk and keep stirring on Medium Flame till the Carrots lose their water
Cook till the Milk dries up

Add Sugar & Stir Continuously
Add Cardamom Powder, Dry Fruits Ghee & Stir Continuously
Serve Hot/Cold!
This can easily take up to 1- ½ to 2 Hours, so be prepared to have help around for Stirring!!
Make this process a fun time by involving the whole family to make it a Winter Family Treat by delegating responsibilities to each member accordingly!

As a Foodie mentioned in an article, ‘Some dishes cannot be made in a jiffy; if you don't have the patience, unwrap a bar of chocolate!’

Grate the Carrots just before cooking as they tend to spoil and smell easily in a humid weather (especially in Southern Regions)

Adding Milk Solids (Mawa/Khoya)/Condensed Milk and preparing it in Pressure Cooker/Microwave totally depend on personal choice, availability of time and resources!
Can make this completely with Sugar Free Natura instead if Sugar & trust me it tastes as good, so go ahead try the Guilt Free Version also!

Gajar Ka Halwa stays refrigerated for days together in the fridge if made in a large quantity
To enjoy it in true Delhi style, Heat the Halwa on a Girdle (Tawa) till crispy and Golden Brown, top it up with Vanilla Ice Cream/Fresh Fruits (Apples, Mangoes, Apricots) & enjoy this Combo- an All Season Delight!

Feel free to share your views & do let us know how this one turned out :)

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