Gajar ka halwa (Carrot Dessert)
Gajar ka halwa is the most loved dessert in both India and Pakistan. It is expensive dessert when bought from a bakery. The reason for its high cost is because of the variety of dry fruits used. There are no fixed rules for making gajar ka halwa, therefore, we can also make it at home using customized ingredients. You can make it using very few ingredients on hand, since carrots are main ingredient, we cannot compromise on this ingredient however we can adjust the amount of dry fruits and sugar . The ingredients required are
- Grated carrot any type but red carrots taste the best.
- Cooking oil
- Dry fruits of your choice
In a pan we will heat the oil on medium heat. When the oil gets warm we will add cardamoms and after a second we will add the grated carrots. Keep stirring the carrots as if you are trying to coat the carrots with the oil in the pan. After a minute of mix it cover the lid and let it simmer for 5 minutes on low heat.
We open the lid after 5 minutes we see no water. At this point we will add milk and the dry fruits.We will mix the ingredients together well and cover the lid again for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes carrots will see that carrots have absorbed the milk. The milk enhances the flavor and we notice that carrots are well cooked.
Now we will add the sugar which caramelizes the carrot and dry fruit mixture. We will leave it on low heat for a minute and then gajar ka halwa (carrot dessert) is ready to serve. Turn off the heat and serve the dessert hot. You can also serve it even when it is cold.
Note: Adjust the amount of sugar according to you taste. Add some of it and check the taste before adding more since carrots have natural sweetness in them.
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