“Why on the earth you are writing the recipe of Gajar Ka Halwa”; the grumpy man asked upon seeing me drafting the post while on our way to the office. By the way, our offices are not at the same areas; his on the midway through and mine takes 5 more kilometers from there. Mehebub drives the first stretch of the journey and I started from his office. I write several posts of mine while going office.
Needless to say, I was not happy with his question and I asked “are you talking about the same Gajar Ka Halwa that I make the day before yesterday or the other batch before. You actually finished 2/3 from every batch of Gajar Ka Halwa I made this year and I can write the recipe just based on that! In fact, I don’t need any reason to write a blog on food”
“Who is saying the Gajar Ka Halwa is not good; you make killer Gajar Ka Halwa, especially the one with Khoya in it. In fact, your version of Gajar Ka Halwa is way better than what your mother or mother in law makes! But my dear wife, almost every single blog is having the recipe of Gajar Ka Halwa; what special you are going to write?”
“Who says it is going to be special; my blog has never been! It has always been about my simple life; the food I cook, we eat! By the way, why don’t you cook moron? Achha, you actually complimented me, ain’t it! I will call both the Moms and inform them that you told me I make better Gajar Ka Halwa than them!”
“Don’t Debjani just don’t; I don’t want 3rd world war within the family! You write whatever you want, but make another batch of the Gajar Ka Halwa with loads of Khowa and Ghee and nuts.” the man replied and handed me the car so that I can start for office.
Okay, I am not going to bore you with my family bunter more and here goes my little bit with Gajar Ka Halwa. The recipe is the typical one. I, though, first learn it from my mother, however, polished my version thanks to the neighboring aunties in Gurgaon when we were there. I know why Mehebub thinks my version is better than my mother or Mother in law. Actually, I make the typical North Indian version of the Gajar Ka Halwa, while their versions I didn’t find authentic. I guess they are going to kill me upon reading the post. One of them actually boils the Carrot to make the Halwa!
Coming to the recipe I use to make Gajar Ka Halwa; it is a rich, thick Halwa. I add loads of Khowa (Mawa); Nuts and raisin and Ghee while making the Gajar Ka Halwa and I use grated Carrot. No shortcuts at all.
- Serves: 5-6 People
- Serving size: 8
- Calories: 320
- Fat: 12.5g
- Saturated fat: 4.3g
- Carbohydrates: 47.3g
- Sugar: 36.9g
- Sodium: 147mg
- Fiber: 3.8g
- Protein: 7.3g
- Cholesterol: 6mg
- Carrot: 1 kg (I use smaller one)
- Khowa / Mawa / Solidified Milk: 500g.
- Full Cream Milk: 1 Cup (150ml)
- Dry fruits: 100g. (Cashew Nut, Almond, Pistachios, and Raisin)
- Sugar: 200g
- Green Cardamom Powder: ½ Tsp.
- Ghee/ Clarified Butter: 100g
- Wash the Carrots and peel the skin.
- Grate the carrots using a grater or a food processor.
- Now take the grated Carrot in a deep bottom pan along with the milk and start cooking on low flame with a lid on.
- The Carrot will release moisture after 2-3 minutes of cooking.
- Cook by covering the pan with a lid till the Carrot absorb the milk entirely.
- Add grated Mawa along with the Dryfruits and mix thoroughly.
- Add powdered Green Cardamom as well.
- Cook on low flame for 5 minutes and stir in between.
- Once the moisture soaked add Sugar and give a thorough mix.
- Add Ghee and cook until the Sugar dissolves completely.
- Switch the flame off once the Gajar Ka Halwa emits nice smell and thick in texture.
- Serve it hot.
- You can top it with a few chopped nuts.
Mawa can be replaced with Condensed milk and in that case, reduce sugar to half.
To decrease the time, you can make the Halwa in a pressure cooker as well.
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