A traditional pudding that is savoured in every Indian household, the gajar ka halwa is the most delicious sweet or snack that you can enjoy during every special occasion. Whether it’s a festival, any form of party or another similar occasion like a wedding, this halwa is something that no one wants to miss. Gajar or carrot is mostly available during the winter sessions in our country. Although carrots are mostly grown in North India, people from all over the country enjoy eating them. Although the style of cooking this halwa may vary across the country, however, the basic style remains the same.
Gajar ka halwa is known to be highly nutritious. Once you consume it, you feel energetic instantly. It contains nutrients useful for our body such as protein, vitamin, fat, fibre, carbohydrate, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and vitamin A. As this halwa has low-fat content, is easy to prepare i.e., within half an hour, and has a medium shelf life – people from every aspect of life enjoy having it.
Some winter snacks are such that from a kid to old fellows – no one can resist eating them. Gajar ka Halwa is one such sweet snack that everyone enjoys fully, irrespective of their age category. Although this dish is easily available across many dairy and sweet shops, but do you know you can easily prepare ‘gajar ka halwa at home also? In this article, you will get to know about how nutritious this halwa is and how to prepare it easily at home.
Items that you need while preparing Gajar ka Halwa:
- Half kg carrots
- Pistachios – 5 to 7
- Cashew nuts – 5
- Raisin – 5 to 7
- Cardamom powder – 1 tablespoon
- Almond – 3 to 5
- Milk – two cups
- Sugar – two tablespoon
- Ghee – one tablespoon
Preparation steps for Gajar ka Halwa:
- Wash the carrot thoroughly with cold water. Peel it well and grate it in a fine manner. You can use a food processor while grating it.
- Take a frying pan and roast dry fruits such as almonds, raisins, pistachios, cashew on low flame for two or three minutes. Once done, transfer them to a plate and cut them into small pieces. Fry them again in ghee using a frying pan until they become crunchy and golden.
- Pour one cup of milk into this pan and heat it on low flame.
- As the milk starts boiling, pour grated carrots in it and keep sauting it until you get a nice aroma.
- Continue stirring so that halwa doesn’t burn or stick at the bottom. You have to stirr till the milk has evaporated completely.
- Add another cup along with sugar and stir it again.
- When this milk gets evaporated, add ghee to it and saute it well.
- Continue cooking and stirring on medium flame until the halwa mixture thickens.
- Add cut dry fruits to this halwa and mix well.
Once the halwa gets ready, it should be served hot for better taste.