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Monday, March 12, 2007

Low-fat Carrot Halwa



I have fond memories of Gajar Halwa which my mom used to make when I was a kid. Gajar is not the regular carrot we get to see these days. Gajar is reddish in color compared to carrots and ofcourse much more sweeter. I havent seen Gajar available here in the US.
Anyway, I now have to be content with using carrot for making this halwa. And it tastes pretty good too. Now for the recipe.

Ingredients
5 medium sized carrots
1/4 cup low-fat (1% milk fat) organic milk
3/4 cup sugar (adjust quantity to taste)
10 strands of saffron
1/2 tsp ghee (clarified butter)
Cashews
Raisins

Procedure

Wash, peel and grate the carrots. Add milk to the carrots and let it simmer. The carrots will leave lot of water. This simmering process takes a little time, maybe 45 minutes till all the moisture is absorbed by the carrots. Then add the sugar and adjust the quantity to the sweetness you want. Keep stirring the halwa till it starts leaving the sides of the pan. In the end add the saffron strands. In another pan heat the ghee and brown the cashews and plump up the raisins. Add this to the halwa. The halwa tastes extremely good for a low-fat recipe and the saffron adds a subtle aromatic taste in the background.
Source: Self
References: My Mom

5 comments:

Sasha&Manya said...

looks magnificently yummy.I was just looking for low fat recipe of such kind.You made my day.
Congrats and best wishes for your blooming blog.
Apri

Sasha&Manya said...

Looks wonderfully yummy.Just the recipe I am looking for and yes, vote for Carrots dessert this evening.Mast!!Way to Go!
Congrats and looking forward to smell some heavenly aromas from your blooming blog.

Diane said...

Here in California we see red carrots fairly often at farmers' markets. I even saw them last Saturday at my supermarket (Berkeley Bowl). I almost bought them to make halva (so pretty) but realizing I'd be long on work travel this week, and short on time to cook, I decided against it. But another day for sure!

I look forward to reading more from your blog!

Sapna said...

Hey Diane,

Thanks for visiting my blog. Yeah carrot halwa sure tastes great and the low-fat recipe makes it more healthier. Hope you enjoy it too.

TBC said...

Hi ,
My first time here. Your carrot halwa looks good!... and it's a low fat version too!

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