Gajar ka Halwa is one of those food that always makes me nostalgic. It is a winter food, every year as a child we would wait for winters to come so that mom will make gajar halwa, and making of gajar halwa was a big work, whole family used to sit around peeling and grating carrots, then mom taking hours to prepare it in kitchen. But the result was always worth the work!
These days the preparation time has come down given the exclusion of manual grating of carrots, else given the kind of lifestyles we live , we would hardly get time to make such delicacies coming down from generations.
Here is my version of gajar halwa I made for my Husband, It is easy to make and very few ingredients
- Carrots- 1 Kg (Cleaned , peeled and grated)
- Milk- Half Litre
- Sweet condensed milk- half to 3/4 can
- Sugar- Optional
- Ghee – 2 spoon (You can use unsalted butter in case ghee is not your liking or availability)
- Cardamom powder- Half spoon
- Cashew and almonds- chopped (Optional)
- Put grated carrots and milk together in a heavy bottom deep pan, and let them cook on medium
- The idea is to get carrots cook in milk and to evaporate all the water content from the pan, including carrots juice that they leave during cooking
- Cook evenly till it is completely dry (Means all water is gone), you can check it by making a whole in middle by pushing carrots on side and if you don’t see any water its done.
- Add condensed milk and give it a good mix. Let them cook together for another 15-10 min on low heat. Take care they are not getting burnt at the bottom
- If you want it more sweeter, now is time to add sugar (If you are adding sugar make sure water is completely evaporated before next stem) I skipped adding more sugar as condensed milk was sweet enough
- Now add ghee and give it a mix, leave it on stove for another 5 min
- Add cardamom powder and nuts and serve hot
- You can store it in airtight box for 2-3 days and enjoy the winter delicacy