Gajar ka Halwa (Sweet Carrot Pudding)
Gajar ka Halwa; a Punjabi classic Indian sweet Carrot Pudding. I have always enjoyed cooking it for family and friends. The recipe is fairly simple and an absolute winner. This dessert can be served with cream or creme fraiche but nothing can beat ice cream.
Ingredients for Gajar ka Halwa:
2 tbsp unsalted butter
35 oz - 1 kg peeled & coarsely grated carrots
1 cup - 240 ml whole milk
1 cup - 240ml sweetened condensed Milk
1 tsp cardamom powder
Handful of raisins
Roughly chopped pistachios to garnish
Vanilla ice cream to serve
How to make Gajar ka Halwa:
In a heavy bottom non stick pan heat the butter and add grated carrots. Cook over medium heat and sauté till they have softened slightly and have changed in colour to a bright orange for about 30 mins or so, stirring continuously.
Add whole milk to the pan and reduce the heat to low cooking till the milk has dried out which will take about 15 minutes. Stir the pan well to avoid the mix from sticking or burning.
Add the condensed milk and cardamom powder. Stir through getting all the carrots to coat the condensed milk cooking on a low heat for 25 minutes. Add the raisins and some of the pistachio. The heat of the pudding will also puff up the raisins making them taste even better.
The consistency should be thick, making sure all the moisture has evaporated and the carrots have softened.
Serve warm and sprinkle the remaining pistachio nuts on top.
Add some vanilla ice cream next to it.