Updated: Oct 9, 2022
We are preparing a famous Indian Dessert recipe called Carrot Halwa.
Carrot halwa or Gajar ka halwa, is a carrot-based sweet dessert pudding from the Indian subcontinent. It is made by placing grated carrots in a pot containing a specific amount of water, milk and sugar, cardamom and then cooking while stirring regularly.
I have veganized this recipe and using homemade Vegan condensed milk.
In my previous post I showed you how you can prepare the Vegan condensed milk from scratch, we will be using the same condensed milk recipe to prepare this delicious dessert.
Coconut Oil - 1 Tablespoon
Carrot - 400 Grams
Condensed Milk - 150 ml
Cardamom Powder - half teaspoon
Dry Fruits - Raisins, cashews, pistachio & almonds
Step 1 : Cook the Carrots
Heat a pan and add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, followed by 400 grams of grated carrot.
Stir fry the carrot till it’s reduced significantly.
Remember that the carrot will shrink in size after cooking.
Cook for 10-12 mins over medium heat.
Like the other desserts, carrot halwa can be prepared in multiple ways. The preparation and even the texture of carrot halwa changes from one region to another.
Carrot has great nutritional value and if you replace the sugar with jaggery or dates this recipe will turn into one of the most healthiest desserts.
Step 2 : Add the Condensed Milk & Cook
Once the carrots are cooked and reduced significantly, add 150-180 ml of condensed milk.
You can adjust the quantity as per your choice
Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes over low heat.
Remove the lid post that and give it a mix, check the halwa in between to make sure it is not getting stuck at the bottom of the pan.
Cover again and cook for another 8-10 minutes. We have to cook it to the point that the carrot melts in your mouth.
Then remove the lid and cook till you get the right moisture consistency and all the milk gets absorbed.
Once the carrot halwa has started to separate from the pan, add half teaspoon of cardamom powder, chopped dry fruits( I am using raisins, cashews, pistachio and almonds)
Mix everything. Cook for another 5-7 minutes over medium or high heat by continuously stirring it.
Then switch off the heat and add dry fruits to garnish it. You can serve it hot or cold.
You can always determine what’s the right consistency for you, and even cook this for a couple of more minutes, if you prefer it a little bit more dry.
Finally garnish it using some chopped dry fruits and serve. Carrot Halwa can be served both hot or cold.
Do try this at home and please share your feedback in the comment section
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