Saturday, 13 February 2021

Gajjur no halwo - Carrot Halwa

Gajjur no Halwo
Carrot Halwa Dessert

This is a favourite in many cultures. The flavours can vary by region. Ghee or butter is often alternated. I have shared two recipes that most Parsi homes prepare. 

Easy Way 

1 kg/ 2.2 lb grated fresh carrot
1 cup sugar
1/2 can condensed milk
1/2 can evaporated milk
1 cup whole milk
pinch of salt

Cook all of the above in a pan stirring often until it thickens. Add and cook more until it leaves the sides of the pan like a soft ball.
50 gm/ 2 oz butter 
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
 Optionally add 2 tsp rosewater

Remove and place in a flat tray. Cool sprinkle with nuts and serve.

Original recipe 

2 cups whole milk
6 oz / 170 gm mawa/Khoya milk solids
1 1/2 cup sugar

1 kg grated fresh carrot
6 oz brown butter
4 tbsp rosewater
1 tsp cardamom powder
1/2 tsp freshly scraped nutmeg
1/4 tsp saffron

In a pan mix the milk mawa and sugar. Make sure all of it is melted and then add the carrot. Let it cook for 30 minutes or until it becomes almost a ball. Add the butter, rosewater, cardamom, nutmeg and saffron.  Cook until it comes together as a soft ball leaving the sides of the pan. 

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