Gajar Halwa/Gajar ka Halwa/Gajrela
A classic winter special
Gajar halwa is a carrot based indian pudding which is prepared from grated carrot,milk,dry fruit & flavoured by cardamom powder.Gajar halwa is commonly prepared during winter as we find plenty of carrot & of good quality .For making carrot halwa try to use bright red carrot as they are more juicy & tender .Every winter preparing carrot halwa is a must thing to do & I love to prepare it. Starting from grating carrot to frying them in ghee is absolutely the best part & I just love the aroma of carrot when frying in ghee .The entire house smells so good .This is my 2nd batch of carrot halwa of this winter. First time I was not able to take photo so not able to share but before ending winter It is a must recipe to share .So today I am going to share with you a delicious carrot halwa recipe without using khoya or condensed milk .
Preparation Time: 20 min
Cooking Time: Aprox 1 hr
Total time: 1 hr 20 min
Carrot - 1.5~1.7 kg
Full fat milk - 1 ltr
Sugar - aprox 7 tbsp or as per taste
Ghee - 4 tbsp
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp (6~7 cardamom)
Black pepper powder - 1/4 tsp (optional)
Handful of dry fruit as per choice (here I used almond,kishmish, pistachio)
Heat milk in a wide pan on high flame .
When it comes to a rolling boil keep the flame low & let it boil till it reduced to 1/3rd of original quantity .
At the same time wash the carrot properly
Peel it with the help of of a peeler .
Grate all carrots with the help of a grater
Keep peeled outer skin & end part of carrot aside .You can use this for making vegetable stock .
When milk is reduced keep it aside .
In another pan or kadai heat ghee.
When ghee is hot enough add grated carrot & mix well .
For initial 3~4 minute you can keep the flame high & then kepp the flame low or low~medium and fry it till all moisture go away .
When moixture will go away carrot will start sticking to the pan .Now it is done & that time stop frying carrot.
Now add reduced milk ,sugar,cardamom powder , black pepper powder & mix well .
Add choped dry fruit & mix well .
Cook on low~medium flame till it become thick .
Now gajar ka halwa is ready . Serve hot or cold as per your choice . I personally like to have after keeping for few hour in refrigerator .
Nutritional Information per 50 gm :
Energy : 80 calories
Protein : 1.6 gm
Fat : 3.8 gm
Carbohydrates : 10.1 gm
Fiber : 1.6 gm
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