Gajar Ka Halwa or Gajar Halwa, our dessert today is Punjabi (Indian) in nationality but loved internationally. Gajar ka Halwa is made at weddings and on special occasions, but I’m not waiting for someone to get married or throw a party to have this delight.
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Punjab is a state located in the northwest of India. The people of Punjab, are very particular about their food. They always pick fresh ingredients and accept nothing but the best, and you can see that in every angle of their lives, including cooking. Hence, Gajar ka halwa (Carrot Pudding) is popular and wonderful in taste.
Making Gajar Ka Halwa
It’s amazing how you turn a vegetable like a carrot to awesome tasting dessert. This creamy in texture, rich, and sophisticated delicacy is now diabetic friendly and with fewer calories.
I am not using cream in making Gajar halwa, I am using milk, but the result will be a satisfying treat.
I am not following the exact authentic method of making gajar ka halwa, because we are trying to make it low in calories. To make gajar halwa, orange colored, and red colored carrots can be used.
We start with adding butter and shredded carrot to a pan and frying the carrot on medium heat for 5 minutes. Then we add water and let the mixture simmer until the water evaporates, later we add the sugar and the milk with cardamom powder and saffron threads.
We cook the mixture until creamy and if you wish you can add a tablespoon of butter at the end just to make the dish richer.
Low in Calories And amazing
Usually, a serving of gajar ka halwa has 350 calories or maybe more. My version of gajar halwa has 204 calories but you get to enjoy the same delicious taste. I promise that you’ll lick the spoon clean after tasting this dessert!
Creamy carrot pudding and Indian delight served on weddings and now you can make it at home with fewer calories.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 cups grated carrot
- 2 1/2 cups hot water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup milk
- Pinch of saffron optional
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
- In a hot pan, melt the butter.
- Add the carrot. Stir over medium heat, for 4 minutes.
- Add hot water and let it simmer until the water evaporates.
- Add sugar. Stir. Add milk, saffron, and cardamom. Stir occasionally.
- Gajar ka halwa is done when the milk evaporates but the mixture is in a creamy consistency.
- You can add a tablespoon of butter and stir if you want this dessert to be richer.
- Gajar ka halwa is best served warm.
This recipe was originally posted on November 2013. It's been updated with new text and images.
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