gajar ka halwa recipe

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Gajar ka Halwa,

Indian delicacy gajar ka halwa, sometimes referred to as carrot halwa, is made with grated carrots, milk, sugar, and ghe. It's a rich and indulgent sweet dish that is often prepared during festivals and special occasions. In this detailed recipe, I'll guide you through the step-by-step process of making delicious Gajar ka Halwa.


gajar ka halwa recipe



Ingredients:

1. Carrots (Gajar):

- 1 kg, peeled and grated


2.Milk:

- 1 liter, full-fat


3.Sugar:

- 1 cup, or as per taste


4.Ghee (Clarified Butter):

- 4-5 tablespoons


5.Cardamom Powder:

- 1 teaspoon


6.Chopped Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios):

- 1/2 cup, for garnishing


7.Raisins:

- 2 tablespoons


8.Khoya (Optional):

- 1/2 cup, grated


Instructions:


1. Grating the Carrots:

- Begin by peeling and grating the carrots.For this, you can use a food processor or a hand grater. For a smooth texture, make sure the carrots are finely shredded.


2. Cooking the Carrots:

-Heat two tablespoons of ghee in a heavy-based pan. Add the grated carrots and sauté them on medium heat until they are tender and the raw smell disappears.


3. Adding Milk:

- Once the carrots are tender, add the full-fat milk to the pan. Stir well and let it simmer on low heat. Keep stirring occasionally to avoid sticking to the bottom.


4. Simmering the Mixture:

- Allow the carrot-milk mixture to simmer until most of the milk evaporates, and the carrots are cooked completely. This process may take about 30-40 minutes.


5. Adding Sugar:

- Add sugar to the mixture and stir well. Continue to cook on low heat until the sugar dissolves, and the halwa thickens.


6. Incorporating Khoya (Optional):

-At this point, add the khoya, if using, to the halwa. Stir constantly until the khoya is thoroughly combined with the combination of carrots.

 
7. Flavoring with Cardamom:

- Add cardamom powder for a delightful aroma and flavor. Mix well to distribute the spices evenly.


8. Roasting Nuts and Raisins:

- In a separate pan, roast the chopped nuts and raisins with a tablespoon of ghee until they are golden brown. Set aside a portion for garnishing.


9. Final Cooking:

- Add the roasted nuts and raisins to the halwa. Continue to cook for an additional 10-15 minutes until the halwa reaches a thick, pudding-like consistency.


10. Garnishing:

- Turn off the heat and garnish the Gajar ka Halwa with the reserved roasted nuts and raisins. This adds a crunchy texture and enhances the visual appeal.


11. Serving:

- Serve the Gajar ka Halwa hot, garnished with more nuts if desired. It can be enjoyed on its own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra treat.

Tips:


- Ensure the carrots are fresh and tender for the best taste.

-Adapt the amount of sugar to your personal taste preferences.

-If khoya is unavailable, feel free to omit it or use condensed milk in its place for an extra creamy flavour.


- The key to a good Gajar ka Halwa is patience. Allow the carrots to cook slowly to absorb the flavors.


Enjoy this classic Indian dessert with your family and friends, and savor the rich, comforting taste of homemade Gajar ka Halwa!




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