Monday, September 22, 2008

Gajjar Ka Halwa, the best carrot-based dessert ever.

I rarely ever make desserts. I'm not very good at baking, and that limits my options sometimes. There are, however, a few things that I get a huge craving for at times, and one of those things is gajjar ka halwa, which is an Indian carrot pudding.

Use this stuff:

1 pound carrots
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp ghee (not pictured)
1 tsp vanilla extract (not pictured)
1 tsp crushed cardamom seeds
1 tbsp chopped almonds
1 tbsp chopped walnuts
Dried fruit (optional)

Grate up your carrots, and get the water up to a quick boil. Combine all that and let it cook for about five minutes on high heat.

Add milk, bring down to medium-low, and cook for about an hour to let the liquid reduce and the carrots to soak up a bunch of milk. Add sugar and stir. Keep cooking until the consistency evens out and the liquid becomes syrupy:

Add your ghee and cardamoms and keep on a simmer for another five minutes to distribute the cardamom flavor. Take it off the heat, put the vanilla in, stir thoroughly, and put into a dish:

Add your nuts and/or fruit on top. I've got some strawberries in the dehydrator that'll go with this in the morning. The serving size is pretty small, this stuff is incredibly sweet. You'll never go back to carrot cake after you try it.

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