Sometime ago, I visited my aunt and uncle who live close to where I do….my aunt wasn’t keeping well and had undergone some surgery…..i visited with some food to save them the cooking of a couple of meals….the surgery was unexpected and they had a fridge full of vegetables that they were in no mood to cook, and so when I returned home, half of the stuff from their vegetable tray was in a bag I was carrying back!!
What does one do with almost two kilos of carrots?? Make gajar ka halwa of course…..this is the first time I have made this….always was lucky enough to have a friend or neighbor send me a share….P, who gave me the recipe to make chole was the one who kept me regularly supplied with it! and I remember her telling me that all one had to do was cook the grated carrots in milk till it was almost dry and then add the sugar and elaichi…..well too good to be true eh?? But that’s exactly what I did and ended up with this!! I have a terrible sweet tooth, but cannot eat cloyingly sweet stuff….preferring sweets that are mildly sweetened….i don’t see myself making this unless I have a food processor or someone else to grate the carrots, my arm ached and didn’t allow me to forget that it grated a tone of carrots till I rubbed it down with my cure for all aches, balm!! We enjoyed it warm and then straight from the fridge for as long as it lasted
Gajar ka halwa (makes about 8 servings)
6 c grated fresh carrot
½ litre milk (I used low fat)
4 T sugar
1 T ghee
2 T raisins and cashews
3 green cardamoms
In a microwave safe bowl, add the milk and grated carrots and cook on high for 8-10 minutes. Place the cooked carrot mixture in a non stick pan or kadai and simmer on low heat till the liquid is almost dry. Powder the sugar and cardamoms in a blender and add it to the cooked carrots, mix well to incorporate. Taste and check for sweetness, adding more sugar if you would like. In another small vessel, heat the ghee and fry the raisins and cashews till light golden and add to the cooked carrot mixture. Enjoy warm or cold according to preference.