A sweet Indian pudding prepared with milk, sugar and carrots. Gajar ka halwa also referred to as Gajrela is traditionally prepared by boiling milk and carrots together to a point where milk is 80% reduced and then ghee is generously added. Unlike other halwas this particular halwa- Gajrela takes you down the memory lane – when mom cooked this halwa, it’s aroma filled up the whole house making every taste bud in our mouth watery, craving for some right away- feeling nostalgic 🙂
Without compromising the authentic taste and flavor of this recipe I made this lip smacking and mouth watering Gajar ka halwa with just 4 simple ingredients and under 30 minutes. Getting the ingredients ready for this recipe was a piece of cake but wearying task was to SHRED/GRATE the carrots. Once sugar is added to carrots it releases a lot of liquid – keep sauteing till all the liquid evaporates and carrots are soft. Check by rubbing them in between your fingers till it feels soft. Time to add milk powder and Gajar ka halwa will be ready in another 10 minutes. Total preparation time – 30 minutes (which includes time required to grate carrots)+ 30 minutes to cook.Do give this recipe a try- Cook time should keep anyone away from trying their favorite recipe.
No milk powder on hand – substitute it with 3/4 cup of dry mawa powder. Time for me to dig in and enjoy this flavorful GAJJAR KA HALWA.
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Gajar ka Halwa
- 1 kg Carrots or 2.2 LB
- 1/2 cup Unsalted butter or Ghee
- 1 cup Sugar + 2 teaspoon more
- 1 cup Milk Powder
- 2 teaspoon Cardamom Powder
- 1 tablespoon Chopped nuts (Almonds, Raisins)
- Trim the top and bottom of carrots.
- Wash them thoroughly under cold water to remove all the dirt.
- Peel carrots....
- Now come the tiring part. Finely grate the carrots...
- A much closer look at grated carrots.
- Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan. Add carrots and saute for 2-3 minutes.
- A closer look at sauteed carrots.
- Add Sugar and once sugar is added carrots become very watery. Keep sauteing on a medium low flame till all the liquid has evaporated.
- A much closer look after adding sugar.
- Once all the water has dried up, take few carrot shreds and rub them in between your fingers. It should feel soft, add milk powder, eliachi and saute for another 2-3 minutes till everything is blended.
- If there are milk powder lumps in halwa - no worries, just mash them with a spoon and mix. Halwa is ready. Taste and adjust sugar.
- Garnish with chopped nuts, raisins and serve hot!!