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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Instant Carrot Pudding (Gajar ka Halwa/Gajrela)

Indian Vegetarian Dessert Special
Instant Carrot Pudding (Gajar ka Halwa/Gajrela)
Serves 4

Ingredients:
Orange Carrots- 2 Kg, Shredded Coarsely to about 1Kg
Whole Green Cardamom (Elaichi)- 6 to 7 No’s
Clarified Butter (Ghee)- ½ Cup & 1Tbsp. for later use
Dry Fruits (equal quantities of Cashew, Almonds, Pistachio, Raisins)- ½ Cup, Evenly Sliced & Slivered
Sugar- 1- ½ Cup (can modify according to personal choice)



An affordable version of the Reduced Milk needed for the Recipe can be made this way as well:
For Instant Reduced Milk Sauce:
Melted Ghee- 1 Tbsp.
Fresh Cream- 2 Tbsp.
Milk Powder- 3 to 4 Tbsp.

Method:
Wash, Scrape and Coarsely Grate Carrots
Put Grated Carrots in a Microwave Steam Cooking Bag & Microwave for 10 Minutes
Remove & Set it aside to Cool
In a Stone Mortar and Pestle, Crush the Cardamom so the Outer Peel is easily removed, Separate the Pods & roughly crush them
In a Thick Hard Anodized Sauce Pan, Heat Ghee on High Flame
Add Crushed Cardamom & Stir for about 2 Minutes or until Fragrance releases
Add Carrots & Stir Continuously on High Flame
Add the Dry Fruits (Almonds & Pistachio) & Mix Well till the Oil separates
Add Sugar, Mix it through & Cook on Medium Flame
In a Microwave safe bowl, Mix all the Ingredients for Instant Reduced Milk Sauce & Microwave for 30 Seconds each time & mix well
Add this Sauce in the Pan with Reduced Carrots & Mix for about 2 Minutes on High Flame
Sprinkle with Almonds & Pistachios & Serve Hot!

Tips:
In the Show ‘Food Safari: Pakistan’, Maeve O’Meara showed us how the Aussies make their Instant Carrot Halwa- the Classic Dessert of India & Pakistan 
Trust me this Instant Version also became a Hit in our Family & Friends!
Variations: 
Refer to the Traditional Recipe to make Gajar ka Halwa here:

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

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