Gajar Ka Halwa is one of my favourite Indian desserts. I love to have a bowl of hot Gajar Ka Halwa topped with nuts on a cold winter evening. I remember as a kid I couldn’t resist myself from binging on it. The long time it takes to cook tests your patience, while the aroma of Gajar Ka Halwa spreads in the whole house making it even more difficult to wait. I remember running back to kitchen every few minutes to check if I can start gorging. Let’s try making it today and see if it is equally tempting.
Ingredients Used for making Gajar Ka Halwa:
The following ingredients serves 12 people. Actually lesser, if it is good.
Prep Time – 25 mins.
Cooking Time – 85 mins.
Total Time – 110 mins
- Delhi Carrot- 2Kg (Gajar)
- Milk – 2litre. (About 10 Cups)
- Clarified Butter – 4 Tablespoon (Ghee)
- Powdered Cardamom – 1 Tsp. ( 10 pcs Chotti Elaichi finely powdered in a Mortar and Pestle)
- Sugar – 250gm. (about 1 Cup or lesser according to taste)
- Almonds – 10 pcs Roughly Chopped (Badam)
- Raisins – 10 pcs (Kishmish)
Stepwise Procedure on How to make Gajar Ka Halwa:
1. Rinse the Gajar properly and then peel and grate it.
2. Put the grated Gajar in a deep frying pan, Kadai.
3. Add Milk to the Gajar.
4. We will now stir Gajar and Milk and put it on the gas stove. Let the mixture cook on low to medium flame.
5. Milk will boil and start reducing slowly. We need to stir mixture at regular intervals, otherwise it will start burning from the bottom. Scrap the sides of the kadai and put the solids back to the mixture and stir well.
6. Continue the process in step #5 till all the milk is reduced and the mixture becomes semi-solid.
7. Add Ghee to the mixture and keep stirring it for about 5 to 10 minutes on medium flame. Stir it well, the true color of Gajar ka Halwa will come from this step.
8. Add Sugar to it, as required, and mix it well.
9. Add Elaichi, roughly chopped Badam and whole Kishmish to it.
10. Gajar ka halwa is now ready. Empty the kadai in a serving dish and Garnish the halwa with some Badam on top. Serve hot.
Important Points to be noted in this Gajar Ka Halwa Recipe:
- I have used Delhi Carrot as it is very juicy and gajar ka halwa tastes best with this gajar. We can use any other Carrot as well, like Ooty Carrot.
- Either Food Processor or Hand-held grater can be used for grating purpose.
- We need to stir the Gajar Ka Halwa mixture at regular intervals else it will start burning from bottom.
- We can use Cashew or Almond for garnishing, depending on our taste.
- We can also make it in bulk and store it in refrigerator. Warm it in a kadai and garnish it with some nuts before serving. Avoid microwave for heating.