Gajar Ka Halwa or Carrot Halwa is a traditional Indian dessert or sweet dish made with fresh red carrots, milk, ghee, sugar, and some dry fruits.
A kitchen is a place which can become cluttered and messy pretty soon.
Do you agree?
If you are somebody who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, cooking then I am sure you will agree.
My kitchen too used to be extremely messy. And the more messier it becomes, the more frustrated I became and the more difficult it was to clean it.
Once, I happened to wake up in the morning and walked into the kitchen to find an extremely messy kitchen sink filled with the previous day’s utensils. I looked towards the kitchen top and found leftovers from the previous day’s slicing and dicing spread all over.
We had a small get-together at home the previous day and it went on a little late. I was tired and didn’t have the patience to clean the mess around me.
So, I chose the safer option. To leave everything for the next day and go to bed.
What do you think would have been my state, the next day morning?
And since I started the day, frustrated the entire day was full of unnecessary situations which I could have avoided.
That day, I decided that I wouldn’t want another day like that.
Since then I would ensure that my workspace was a place that would give me a sense of satisfaction and not frustration.
That’s when I put together these simple rules for my kitchen. I ensure that I follow each one of them, to keep my kitchen clutter free.
These rules help me leave my kitchen organized and clean. And when I start again, I feel very refreshed and happy.
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So onto the recipe for this week.
Since it is the first week in the new year, we thought of starting the week with a sweet dish.
So this week’s recipe is Gajar ka Halwa.
Let us get onto the recipe then.
Gajar ka Halwa Without Khoya – How to Make Carrot Halwa Recipe
Gajar ka Halwa is a rich, delicious and healthy carrot pudding. Gajar ka halwa is made with red carrot also called as Dilli carrot, mostly available in winters. Gajar ka Halwa is made using minimal ingredients. This halwa tastes really good and is loved by all.
Carrot is rich in beta-carotene, which helps the skin by blocking the UV rays, which are usually active during winter. This is just one of the many reasons for eating Gajar ka Halwa in winters.
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Gajar ka Halwa
- 5 cups Tender Juicy Red Carrot grated
- 5 tbsp Ghee
- 5 cups Milk full cream milk
- 7-8 nos Cardamom powdered
- 10 tbsp Sugar
- Raisins handful
- 20-25 nos Whole Cashew
- 15-20 nos Almond chopped or sliced
First of all, rinse, peel and then grate the carrots with a grater.
Now add ghee in a heavy bottomed pan or kadhai.
Add carrot to it and give it a nice stir.
Immediately add milk to it and let this mixture boil on a medium flame.
Now keep the flame low and let it simmer stirring in between.
Let the grated carrot cook in the milk.
Once you see that the milk started reducing and evaporated leaving behind thick khoya.
Add sugar to it.
Stir well and continue to cook stirring in between, till the sugar is absorbed and halwa becomes dry again.
Now it's time to add cashews, almond, raisins and cardamom powder and give everything a nice mix.
You will see that the halwa starts to leave the side of the frying pan.
Turn of the gas.
You can serve this halwa hot or cold depends on you.
Avoid frying carrot in ghee. It changes their color and makes the halwa black. If you want you can add the ghee later.
Grate the carrots to medium thickness.
Prefer using red carrots to make this halwa. These carrots are available only in winters and you get the real taste of when you use red carrots to make it.
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