First of all Merry Christmas to all of you!!!Once winter season starts, I am quite happy for two reasons: one chennai's weather is tolerable and cool only in winter and the second:all my favorite vegetables are fresh for the season and floods the market .Carrot Halwa is very easy to make and is liked by everyone .It is also one of my favorite dessert for any house party or potluck. I have tried carrot halwa with condensed milk,evaporated milk(or milk powder),double cream as well as with unsweetened khoya but the recipe given here is the most classic one which uses just milk,sugar and ghee,which are readily available at home any time.Soon I will post the variations of this carrot halwa in my future posts.
Preparation time:20 minutes
Grated Carrot-2 cups
Milk-1 and 1/2 cups
Ghee-4 tbsp or more if you like
Sliced cashews and almonds-2 tbsp
Cardamom powder-2 tsp
1.Heat a wok and add the grated carrot ( I used my chopper to cut my carrots very finely) and milk and allow it to cook on low flame.
2.Meanwhile in another wok, heat the ghee and fry all the dry fruits and nuts till they are golden brown and then switch off the flame.
3.Once all the milk had evaporated from the carrot mixture add the sugar and mix well till it thickens.Then add the cardamom powder.switch off the flame.
4.Add the ghee and dry fruit and nut mixture to the Carrot Halwa and serve hot or cold as you like.
*If you are using condensed milk then boil carrot in 1 cup of milk and add 1/2 cup of condensed milk.As condensed milk has sugar you can reduce sugar to 1/4th cup or lesser.
*I added less ghee but you can add more if you wish.
*Carrot Halwa stays fresh for a day and when stored in refrigerator can hold good for 2 days as it contains milk.