Gajar halwa is a delicious and famous recipe in India. Most important is this is a straightforward and simple recipe. Carrot halwa is a traditional Indian dessert that is made at any festival or any celebration.
Carrot halwa can be made in different ways, like adding milk powder, adding khoya, or condensed milk. The most common way is to cook the grated carrot in full cream and add khoya grate at the end. Let’s learn to make very special gajar halwa.
- 2 tsp ghee
- 1 cups of Sugar
- 4 cups of grated carrot
- ½ cup of khoya/ mawa
- 1/2 cup milk
- Almonds (finely chopped)
- Cashew (finely chopped)
- ½ tsp cardamom powder
- ¼ tsp Nutmeg powder
- Heat a pan and add ghee. After heating ghee, add grated carrot and mix well.
- Saute grated carrot until it changes color slightly.
- Cook for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes of cooking, add Sugar to it and mix well.
- After adding Sugar, the carrot has started to become moist, so make sure to reduce it.
- After dissolving Sugar add milk and stir well.
- After adding milk, what will happen is, because of adding Sugar, that stickiness that has come into this will getaway and milk will add more richness and more flavor to it.
- Add dry fruits (Almonds, Cashew nuts) mix everything well together.
- When everything is mixed well together, cover the halwa.
- On medium heat, cook for about 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, open the lid and mix well again.
- Cook the halwa uncovered for about 15-20 So that the moisture present in halwa dries a little and halwa remains soft and nice.
- After cooking on medium heat for 15-20 more minutes, add cardamom powder and mix well.
- Add nutmeg powder and mix well.
- Cook for another five more minutes.
- Turn off the gas and make sure that add grated reduced thickened milk or khoya to it once the gas is turned off and then mix all.
- When serving time, Garnish it with some extra dry fruits. Don’t fill it up, just a little and some grated khoya.
- Gajar halwa is ready to serve.
- You can have this hot or cools down.
- In that recipe, khoya is optional you don’t like khoya, you can avoid it.
- Adjust the amount of sugar-based on the sweetness of the carrot.
- While stirring, make sure that the gas flame on medium heat to prevent it from burning.
- When added milk, continues cooking on medium flame, occasionally stirring, until it dries up.