Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Gajjar Ka Halwa

Gajjar Ka Halwa or Carrot Halwa is heaven to taste. A well made gajjar halwa is great to behold with the different dry fruits added with orange and milk solids mixed with pista, badams and cashews..not to mention raisins...Amma first made this when she got her Electric Rice cooker some 20 years back. Gajjar halwa made in Rice cooker tastes so wonderful. Of course the ones made over stove is equally good. But I prefer the cooker made as it the first one I tried some 10 years back. Its always been a labour of love, I used to sit and laboriously grate kgs of carrot to get this done. I don't like to grater in the food processor, so always prefer the hand grater which is very tedious process. No doubt you get rewarded eating this.

Depending on the time availability we use either milk or kowa.

Preparation Time: Depends how fast you can grate the carrot...:)
Cooking Time 30 - 40 mins
Cuisine : Punjabi

With Milk

Ingredients needed:

Grated Carrot - 1 cup
Milk - 1 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 50 gm
Green Cardamom - 2 powdered

For Garnishing
You choice of dry fruits. I normally use Cashew, Almond, Pista, Raisins to make it look colourful

Method to prepare:

Clean and grate carrot. Roast it in ghee for 5 mins.

Heat a Kadai and boil milk. Once it cooks for 10 mins, add carrot. Cook for 5 mins in high flame, simmer it for 10 mins or till al the milk thickens

Fry the dry fruits in ghee and add to the carrot. Cook till it comes out nicely. We can be sure its done when the milk solids come around the grated carrots.

In Electric Rice Cooker with kowa :

Ingredients needed:

Grated Carrot - 1 cup
Kowa - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Ghee - 50 gm
Green Cardamom - 2 powdered

For Garnishing
You choice of dry fruits. I normally add Cashew, Almond, Pista, Raisins.

Method to prepare:

Chop and fry all the dry fruits first in the cooker

Then fry the grated carrot in ghee.

Add kowa and Sugar to the carrot. Cook for 10 mins. Add ghee and all the fried nuts.

Cook for another 5 mins. Carrot halwa is ready.

Gajjar Ka Halwa tastes great when its hot.

Sending this for RCI: Punjab.


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Suganya said...

Never knew abt this electric cooker. Do you mean the rice cooker? Can you fry nuts in it?

Srivalli said...

Thanks for pointing it out Suganya. I thought I was mentioning it. Will update the post. Yes we can fry the nuts in the rice cooker.

Asha said...

Hi Sri,what a great dessert with beautiful color too.I add some Beetroot too,it's in Aroma.Looks great and you can send this to RCI Punjab as well!:)

archana said...

My favorite. I can eat lots. In winter months I make it at least thrice 1 kg each time :D Your electric cooker method looks nice and love your halwa :)

Richa said...

hey, that looks YUM :) using rice cooker is such a great idea!
for the nuts, do u just add the ghee+nuts and keep it for sometime, how does it work?

Lata said...

Carrot Halwa is on the menu everytime we visit a restaurant and I am so bored of eating that out. But, home made one is always something special and that you never get bored eating. This rice cooker thing is promising, I will try this way next time.

Hema said...

Hi Srivalli,
Thanks for visiting my space and leaving kind words behind. I love gajar halva. Rice cooker is a brilliant idea. I use condensed milk instead of all the milk and sugar. http://vegconcoctions.wordpress.com/

Prema Sundar said...

Hey thats a nice one Srivalli. carrot halwa is one among my favourite sweets. Making this in the electric rice cooker is new to me too. thanks for the idea.

DEEPA said...

yeah , i made some time before ...it tasted really good ...

bhags said...

ths is my favs and the one which I always make when I feel low and need to cheer up.

bee said...

looks bright orange and beautiful.

Sig said...

Hey Srivalli, that looks great... Looks like its the carrot season... I've been bloghopping tonight, and this is the third carrot recipe I've come across :)

Srivalli said...

Thank you Asha...beetroot is a nice addition...yes I have sent this to RCI Punjab.

archana glad to know you like this...

Thanks Richa...to fry the nuts, add the ghee and after few seconds add the chopped nuts. It gets fried in few mints...it will turn off automatically...

Sure try Lata...will come out very well

Its my pleasure Hema..welcome to my blog...do visit again...only once I used condensed milk...but normally use kowa...

Thanks Prema...

Deepa, bhags Thanks for dropping in

Thanks bee

Srivalli said...

Thank you Sig..that or could be RCI season...don't' we take this event as an opportunity to prepare more....

Neelam said...

Hi Sri, this dessert has been on my to-do list since a long time now...must try your recipe looks great and easy.

Srivalli said...

Good Neelam..do try it out and let me know how it comes out

Jyothsna said...

I love this!

rama ananth said...

I like your recipes and photos, but tell me one thing, how can one maintain a healthy figure with these Halwas?

nivedita said...

Hi Valli,
I was just going through your basic recipe here.
The Electric cooker idea is very good.
But when to add sugar? Did I missed reading it?

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