Ever wonder why we Indian’s are crazy about our Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Pudding) ? Its hard to resist its rich sensuous red colour, the flavour of fresh seasonal carrots, the smell of ghee and cardamom rising with a soft sizzle, the contrasting texture of crunchy nuts and the saffrony sweetness which engulfs your senses. All this served up hot with a scoop of a vanilla ice cream … I have seen people with with a stiff resistance to sweets dissolve into a simpering helplessness and ask for more !

Mind you, this halwa is an Indian speciality and is made only a few months a year. The star here being the ‘Red Carrot.’ For the longest time I’ve believed that these red carrots grew only in India, and are available only in winter. And its the showing of red carrots in the markets that apprises us that winter is here, and so is the halwa season. This post comes really late as we’ve stepped into summer and these are the last of the red carrots. As you can see the difference in the regular orange carrots and the red ones, you can imagine that the latter is no substitute, in colour and in taste. I haven’t really been very regular with my blogging and my apologies for that. Been busy with a few things,but above all been busy renovations and with home furnishings… you know this can take up so much time and energy.

Now back to the pudding … the usual recipe calls for cooking together the grated carrots, milk n sugar, but I do it differently. My way guarantees a glowing red colour and a very light and not too sweet halwa.

Ingredients

  • 1 kg Red Carrots – grated
  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 8 tbsps Ghee
  • 1/2 cup granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup slivered Almonds and Pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons Golden Raisins
  • 1 tsp powered Cardamom
  • Few strands of Saffron

Take a heavy based pan. Place all the grated carrots in the pot on low fire and cover it with a lid, will its water releases. After about 10 mins increase the fire and dry fry it till all the water from the carrots dries up. This brings out its rich red colour. Now to give it body, add the milk, sugar, and cardamom ( you can add more to suit your taste) and let it boil together stirring continuously. As it begins to dry up, add the ghee and raisins. Further fry continuously till all the milk evaporates and the ghee begins to separate from the carrots. By now the halwa will be of a fiery red colour. Serve in a dish and garnish with saffron and slivered dry fruits. Serve hot as it is or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Comment :

mpg

looks delicious…i haven’t made it in a while, maybe it’s time again :) lovely colors…i love how indian carrots have such a distinct and beautiful color…and that bowl is pretty!

Kajal

Hey Mo ! Thanks … yah … its the Indian carrots that make this halwa so good. Have you ever tried it with the other kind ?

A divine treat! Very intriguing.

Your clicks are wonderful.

Cheers,

Rosa

Kajal

Thank You Rosa :-)

Dear Kajal

Loved the color & presentation.
esp Chaandi ki katori
worth the wait…..thx for sharing

cheers, Sonia

love those carrots shot!

Oh my! just enticing post, Kajal!! I love slightly warm carrot halwa. You’ve captured this halwa beauty very well! btw, how have you been? :)

Kajal

Sonia : Thanks … the Chandi ki katori is actually a prasad bowl for the temple at home :)

Peachkins … me too :)

Sonia … hey babe ! I’ve been seeing all your gorgeous photos on FB … wow ! You’re so talented.

Hello Kajal….

Gajar ka Halva looks so tempting :) I love your photos…. you have a great blog!!

What a nice idea. I have never tried a pudding like this, but I love carrots so I imagine that I would like this. Thanks for writing about it. Beautiful pictures as well.

laya

hello kajal ! im from south india, ian can you believe ive never eaten carrot halwa made with red (dilli) carrots !
the only kind we got here till a few years ago were orange ooty carrots and i grew up eating orange carrot halwa
! but the halwa tastes splendid nevertheless.
but now i do see red ones with local vendors…. imna try it with them soon !
Lovely post. do post more often . i really look fwd to ur posts….

Kajal

Meghna, thanks so much :-)

Sarah, you must try it …i’m sure you’ll love it

Laya … yes pls go get the red carrots before they go out of season.

Love the carrot pics and the recipe sounds deliciously unique!

virtuallyhomemade.blogspot.com

This is my first trip to your beautiful bog! Gorgeous pictures and enticing recipes. I can’t wait to try these out on my children, they love Indian food.

Gorgeous shots! I’ve never heard of this carrot pudding but it sounds intriguing!

Never heard of it. The pictures are gorgeous!

This does sound amazing. I’ve never had carrot pudding but I love all things carrot so I am certain I would enjoy this. My biggest challenge will be finding the red carrots.

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Gayathri

I just made this. Came out delicious!!!

Thank you so much for the recipe. These pictures are lovely.


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