After Diwali, it is Halloween season now. I am guessing, everyone must be busy figuring out what to wear, how to look, what to cook and all of those stuffs. Generally, it is always pumpkins during this time of the year. There’s pumpkin lanterns, pumpkin sweets, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pancakes ( in short, it is all pumpkin). May be because of diwali just passing by or simply because I am not a huge fan of pumpkins, I thought why not make Indian Halloween dessert.
Carrot halwa or gajar ka halwa is a very popular north Indian dessert. I am sure there are many methods to prepare it. I am following a recipe that was inspired from one of my aunts. Recently when I was invited to my aunt’s for dinner, she served me with some carrot halwa. That is when I was sure that I will make some carrot halwa for this Halloween. Until then, I was only sure that it was not going to be pumpkin this year. Anyway, happy Halloween. Let’s get on with the recipe.
Serves : 6-8
Time : 1 hour and 30 minutes
Things you’ll need :
- 3 medium sized carrots
- 4 cups of milk (You can use skimmed or low cream milk, I however used full cream milk. Alternatively, if you do not use cow milk, feel free to use almond milk, soy milk or any of your preferred type of milk)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup ghee
- 10-12 pods of cardamom
- A handful of chopped nuts of your preference. I used cashew nuts.
Method of preparation :
- Grate all the carrots using either a food processor which helps the preparation to be even more easy or grate it manually.
- Pour in the milk to a pressure cooker and add the carrots. Cook the carrots for 1 whistle in the pressure cooker. Wait for the steam to release.
- Pour the carrot and milk into a medium sized non stick pan. Place it over a medium flame.
- Add the sugar, ghee, chopped nuts and powdered cardamom. Stir at intervals until it starts to thicken up. (Save some of the chopped nuts for garnish)
- While the milk reduces to thicken up, stir frequently so that it does not burn at the bottom. It normally takes about 45 minutes to thicken up.
- When you have the desired thickness, remove from heat and top it off with the rest of the chopped nuts.
Serve it hot either on its own or with a scoop of ice cream. It can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week, although it would not take that long to finish it off. If you do place it in the refrigerator, it tastes good even when cold. Try that way too.
To powder the cardamom, you can place them along with the pod in the grinder and just give it a pulse. This will help to remove all the skin. Take out the skin and add a tea spoon of sugar and grind it well to help the cardamom powder better.
Enjoy Halloween with this Indian Halloween dessert. Please do try out this recipe. Also share if you have any other method of preparing carrot halwa.