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.

Enjoy!

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