Carrot Halwa/Gajar Ka Halwa
Carrot Halwa is a traditional dessert made with grated carrots, milk, nuts, ghee, mawa and sugar. It tastes divine and is loved by both kids and adults. The traditional version learnt from my MIL includes mawa but I prefer the plain version without mawa. Kids will love to have it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
I made these carrot halwa diyas last year for Diwali. As Diwali is approaching soon, I thought of posting the recipe in my blog before this Diwali. I am sure kids will be delighted when ice cream is served to them in these carrot halwa diyas.
Lets begin by gathering the ingredients which is a very important step before making any recipe.
Grated Carrot – 2 cups
Whole Milk – 1/2 cup
Granulated White Sugar – Little less than 1/2 cup
Cardamom Powder – 1/4 Tsp.
Water – 1/4 cup
Saffron – a pinch(soak it in 1 tbsp. warm milk)
Ghee – 1/4 cup
Fresh Mawa/Khoya(unsweetened) – 1/4 cup(optional)
Cashews – 8(chopped into small pieces)
Finely chopped Pistachios for garnishing
Whole Almonds – 8-10 for garnishing
Procedure To Prepare Carrot Halwa:
In a wide heavy bottomed pan, add the ghee and fry cashews on low heat until golden brown. Remove and keep aside.
Add the grated carrot in the same ghee and fry until the raw smell is gone.
Add the milk to the carrots and cook until the milk is absorbed by the carrots.
Mean while in a small sauce pan, add the sugar and water and boil the mixture until one string consistency(not more than that). Sugar quantity can be adjusted as per your taste.
Usually sugar is added directly in the cooked carrot mixture. My Peddatha(My MIL’s co-sister) gave me this idea of making the sugar syrup and adding it to the cooked carrot mixture. I tried it once and really loved the taste and follow this method. She also told me to add mawa and said that mawa enhances the taste of carrot halwa. I personally do not like the addition of mawa in carrot halwa. You can choose your option.
Now add the sugar syrup in the carrot mixture. Add saffron along with the milk it was soaked in. Cook until everything come together. Add cardamom powder and chopped cashews. Mix well.
(If you are adding mawa, add it 2-3 minutes before turning off the heat). I did not add mawa. Turn off the heat and transfer the mixture to a serving bowl. Serve warm with or without vanilla ice cream. Tastes great either ways. Choose your option. 🙂
Procedure To Prepare Carrot Halwa Diyas:
To make Diyas, we need to cook carrot halwa a little longer until it comes together into a thick mass and it will set like burfi after cooling. We can also skip the step of adding roasted cashews in the halwa.
To prepare moon shaped diyas, grease a parchment paper with ghee and some spread carrot mixture evenly on it. Let it cool completely. Cut into moon shape using a cookie cutter. Place an almond in the center. Garnish with chopped pistachios.
To prepare the bowl shaped diyas, grease round silicon molds with ghee. Spread the carrot mixture in the silicon cup in a thick layer. Let it cool completely. You can also refrigerate them for few minutes to cool faster. Carefully unmold carrot halwa cups from the silicon molds. Pinch gently on one side of the carrot halwa cup to shape it like a diya. Add vanilla ice cream and an almond before serving. Hope you enjoy making this Cute and Sweet dessert. This is a perfect make ahead dessert for Diwali themed potlucks and they will look pretty on the dessert table.
This year(2016) on October 5, the U.S. Postal Service commemorated festival of Diwali with a forever stamp. To celebrate this happy news, I tried to create a Diwali stamp food art with my carrot halwa diya .
This Diwali, Light up your homes with Carrot Halwa Diyas!!!!!!