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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Gajar Ka Halwa

How to make Winter Special Carrot Halwa | Quick Gajar Ka Halwa in Pressure Cooker Recipe with step by step photos | Carrot Halwa With Fresh Milk Cream...

Hello Friends,

I'm back with one more winter special for you. Presenting the most scrumptious, my ultimate winter delight and all time favorite Gajar Ka Halwa. Sharing recipe with step by step photos. 

I believe that you will agree with me that the winter season is incomplete without Gajar ka Halwa. Winter is here and so is the Gajar ka Halwa. 😍🤓

Gajar Ka Halwa is the most popular Indian dessert made during the winter months. It is prepared by cooking grated red carrots with ghee, milk, khoya, sugar, nuts and flavored with cardamom powder. As red carrots are back in season.. Yeh recipe to banti hai... I mean it would be so unfair, If I skip to post this recipe. 

In our house Gajar ka halwa is a staple breakfast in every winter season. It is religiously cooked every year in this beautiful season. 

I'm getting nostalgic remembering this Gajar incident! I have made 50 kg Gajar ka Halwa along with my dear friend. And the best part it not only turned awesomely delicious, but each and every person who ate keep coming back and asking for food caterer's name. 🤓😋😊

I believe it was nothing but our love, affection and dedication.. And the celebration was Pooja and Satsang kept for my sister's marriage.

I have witnessed many people don't eat this dessert as very rich and full of calories.. But trust me, this food is very much needed during this winter season. I believe that food habits which are passed from one generation to another, and food which is cooked with love, passion, commitment, warmth and joy in your kitchen is always 100% healthier than so called health foods.

Gajar ka Halwa is my one of the most confident food preparation. If you're looking for healthy, delicious and guilt free recipe, your search will end right here.. 

If you're following my blog religiously then you as well know I avoid adding shop bought Khoya for my sweet preparation due to food adulteration. I prefer homemade Khoya or find suitable substitute of the same. In Gajar ka Halwa I've added fresh milk cream. Yes, you got word it right, fresh cream, which we collect daily from our milk and make ghee. I store cream in freezer compartment so it's fresh, in good usable condition and without any bad smell.

Let's get started - recipe details 

  • Recipe details 
  • Preparation time 12-15 minutes 
  • Cooking time 30-35 minutes 

Ingredients required 

  • 1 kg red carrots 
  • 500 ml milk 
  • 1 cup fresh milk cream
  • 2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 2-3 tbsp poppy seeds - khus khus
  • Handful of almonds 
  • 4-5 tbsp ghee
  • 60-70 grams sugar or as preferred ( I use 1 scoop + 2-3 tsp sugar and I use plastic scoop received with Surf Excel Matic Detergent Powder) 1 scoop = 60 grams

💁Step 1 Mise en place

◾Carrots - wash - pat dry - peel & grate

◾Milk - cook it on slow flame until 20-30% reduced 

◾Almonds - roughly chopped or coarsely grinder

◾Milk - boiled and preferably 20% reduced.

💁Step 2 Cooking time 

◾Heat 4-5 tbsp of the ghee in a pressure cooker on medium heat. Add the grated carrots and stir. Cook it on high flame for 2-3 minutes. 

◾Add poppy seeds, mix it well.

◾Cover the cooker with lid and allow 2 whistles.

◾Open the pressure cooker, add milk. Leave it to boil and cook it for 3-5 minutes. 

◾Now again cover the cooker with lid and allow 2-3 whistles.

◾Open the cooker, add chopped nuts, cream and cardamom powder. Mix it all well.

◾Cook the carrots in slow to medium flame till milk is completely evaporated. Keep stirring in between... 

◾Lastly add sugar and cook till halwa leave the sides and ghee starts to separate. 

◾Garnish it with your preferred nuts serve hot or as preferred.

A quick recap

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