India is home to many varieties of halwa, and it can be found at almost all of our family gatherings. A halwa is a sweet/ confection that is made from different kinds of grains/ flours or vegetables and contains sugar/ jaggery, ghee, lots of dried fruit and nuts and sometimes milk.
In India, the most common type of halwa is probably that made of grainy wheat known as “Sooji Halwa” in Hindi, “Kesari” in Tamil and “Sheera” in Goa. Gajar Ka Halwa is a worldwide popular Indian dessert recipe served hot in winter, made with Gajar (carrots), Milk, Khoa, Sugar and Ghee.
Gajar Ka Halwa also eaten in India during festivals, i.e. Diwali, Holi and Eid al-Fitr.
What you need –
1-2 kg carrots, peeled and grated
1 L milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 to 3/4 cup ghee
1 1/2 tsp powdered cardamom
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup halved cashewnuts
How you do –
In a small pan, heat 1 tbsp ghee and fry the raisins, over low to medium heat, till they puff up and just start browning. Remove from the ghee and keep aside. In the same pan, heat another tbsp of ghee and similarly fry the cashewnuts till they are lightly golden. Remove them from the ghee and keep aside. If there is any ghee left, use it while adding the rest of the ghee while making the halwa.
Pour the milk into a heavy bottomed and deep pan. Add the carrots and cook over medium to high heat while stirring frequently, till the milk has reduced to less than half the original quantity.
Now add the SUGAR FREE NATURA (around 3-5 pellets) and keep stirring till its dissolved and the mixture is thicker and most of the liquid has evaporated. Add the ghee, in two separate lots, stirring well after each addition. Keep stirring until the halwa turns a slightly deeper red in colour and no liquid is visible at the bottom of the pan. The halwa should be soft and moist but not wet.
Take the pan off the heat. Now add the powdered cardamom, raisind and cashenuts and mix everything well. Allow to cool and store in the refrigerator or freezer. Gajar/ Carrot halwa tastes best when served slightly warm. So just before serving, slightly warm the halwa and serve with garnishing of fine cardamom, cashew and almonds.
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This sweet/dessert is not just sweet and delicious, but equally healthy. The reason being no usage of sugar, but Sugar Free Natura to imbibe the sweetness in this dish, and trust me, you will not feel the difference apart the dish being more yummier.
Sugar Free Natura is definitely a healthy choice I have adopted for my family and I recommend everybody for that. Read more about SUGAR FREE NATURA and its benefits here – http://sugarfree-india.com/