Carrot Halwa is a well known dessert recipe in India. It is further glamorized by the Indian film industry aka Bollywood. Every happy occasion and the dialogue" gajar ka halwa banaya hain" is so common in movies that this dish is impossible to forget.
I tried growing carrots at home and it was so much fun to dig them out and cook them into glamorous halwa recipe! One thing gardening teaches you..is patience, and cooking rewards you with excellent tasting dishes made from fresh ingredients. In this recipe the carrots are cooked in milk and mixed with sugar and dry fruits. This is a excellent dessert recipe or it can be eaten with puri also.
- Carrots--4 cups (Grated finely)
- Butter or Ghee--2Tablespoons
- Sugar--1 1/2 cups
- Milk --2 cups
- Saffron--A pinch
- Cashews--A fistful
- Raisins--1 Tablespoon
- Paneer --3/4 cup (Grated)
Take a big Pan and heat the butter in it. Add the cashews and raisins and roast for few seconds. Add the grated carrots and stir for some time. Add the milk with saffron till all the carrots are soaked properly and let it cook for about 10-15 minutes till the carrots are soft. Now mix in the sugar and cook it for another 15 minutes.Add the paneer and mix well . The sugar and carrot juice will start to evaporate and the butter gets seperated from the carrot mixture. Take off and serve hot.