Gajar Ka Halwa aka Gajrela is an utterly delicious popular Indian sweet made of carrots. First, cook the grated red carrots in ghee and then milk. Then, add khowa (aka evaporated milk), along with saffron and sugar. Lastly, a generous sprinkle of cardamom powder, fried cashews and raisins to finish it. Irresitible Gajar Ka halwa is ready to serve.
On the blog, today is, the most loved Indian dessert Gajar Ka Halwa. I believe this Indian pudding does not need a great explanation as its taste is well enough to express the emotion of every bite taken. To all the dessert lovers here’s the very first dessert dish for the year 2018. We Indians need to excuses or festivals to make dessert at home. Be it Gajar Ka Halwa, Gulab Jamun, Ras Malai, Besan Ke Laddoo, Kala Jamun, Balushahi or even just Sooji Ka Halwa.
Our festivals are absolutely dry without these mouth melting desserts in all the major festivals in India, be it Eid, Diwali, Holi or Raksha Bandhan. Well, Gajar Ka Halwa is an emotion and relation of few very simple ingredients which comes up with immense bursting of flavors. Especially, when served hot. Made in pure Ghee and seasoned with dried fruits along with the natural color of Carrots and sparks of Khoya (Khowa) is Heaven! The Gajar Ka Halwa is nutritious as well as healthy during winters, as it keeps your body warm. And not just restricted to festivals, you have guests over your place, or simply you wish to carry a dessert to your work place because you are craving for a sweet after savory, so here’s your way.
Elaborating about the origin of Gajar Ka Halwa, it was introduced by the Mughals along with the Arabic word Halwa which means “sweet”. Gajar Ka Halwa originally contained only Carrots (Gajar), Milk, Sugar and Ghee but later on it was advanced with Mava (Khowa), Saffron and few aromatic essence. Gajar Ka Halwa is not just a well – known delicacy in India, but globally it is one of the most demanding dessert.
Furthermore ,discussing about the ingredients, I’ve taken Red Carrots, Ghee, Cardamom powder, Khowa, Milk, Sugar, Saffron, Cashew nuts, Raisins, Pistachios and Almonds for garnish, Silver paper for garnish.
You can easily put up a bowl in your vegetarian thali, Gajar Ka Halwa is a great option for serving in thali’s because first of all it will add beautiful texture and color to your thali and secondly This will surely be the dish no one would want to let go. Even for birthdays or if you’re to go to see someone you can make and travel without any hassle of it getting damaged or falling out of the container. And not just limited to Red Carrots, White Carrots Halwa is as delicious as the red one in fact it has its own lip smacking flavor. The food color can be added to your Gajar Ka Halwa but I honestly believe when itself it turns into a beautiful colored dish there’s no need to add extra edible colors.
I can still feel the aroma of the Gajar Ka Halwa. Let’s quickly note down the requirements and method without taking any prior time
1.5 kgs, red carrot, grated
6 tbsp, ghee
¾ tsp, cardamom powder
150 gms, khowa/mawa
2 cups, milk, warm
1 cup, sugar (you may increase/decrease as preferred)
A very generous big pinch of saffron
¼ cup, cashew nuts
¼ cup, raisins
Slivered pistachios for garnish
Mix the saffron in warm milk and keep it aside
In a heavy bottom pan, heat ghee. Add cardamom powder fry for 5 seconds.
Add grated carrot, increase the heat and sauté well on high for 4-5 minutes stirring well
Reduce the heat and let it cook in ghee for 5-10 minutes
Add milk with saffron, mix and let it cook, to reduce the milk is to half
Add khowa/mawa, raisins and cashews, mix well. Now, allow the simmering of the milk, until reduced completely
Add sugar and mix well till it dissolves completely
Now, increase the heat and sauté for another 3-4 minutes stirring continuously to avoid burning
Dish out in a serving bowl.
Lastly, garnish with slivered pistachios (and almonds)
Enjoy most delicious Gajar Ka Halwa