Carrot Halwa is an extremely popular Indian dessert made with carrots of course. This is another most celebrated dish in Indian kitchen along with Blueberry Vermicelli Kheer/Pudding. We make it for all happy occasions, festivals, family gatherings, parties or even when we are in mood for some halwa. Even Bollywood movies make a reference to this sweet dish in most movies. It is always the hero’s favorite dish and his mother/girlfriend makes it for him! 🙂 That is how much we Indians love Carrot Halwa known more commonly as Gajar ka Halwa.
As a child I remember my mom making this sweet treat and it really was a time-consuming task because it requires constant attention when cooking it on the cook-top. Plus the process really works out your arms due to the rigorous stirring. Though it seemed tedious, I never saw my mom sweat about it. She has always been cooking cheerfully for the family like all moms do. This dessert has been a regular feature in our home since I can remember. I love the taste of my mom’s Carrot Halwa.
When I took up Home Science in college, my aunt gifted me many cookbooks. That opened up a whole new world for me. Although I did cooking in classroom as part of my Nutrition subject, it was looking at all these cookbooks which really made me go wow! It inspired and motivated me to cook and I made a promise to myself then that I too will have my very own cookbook published some day. I feel like I am approaching my target today. I have some ideas which I plan to explore for a cookbook. One such book that she gave me had a microwave version of Carrot Halwa recipe in it. That got me hooked. That year for Diwali, I made this dessert my way, giving my mom a well deserved break. Everyone at home loved it. If I remember correctly, this was also the first proper dish we used the microwave for apart from the occasional warming of food. Since then, I have been making this recipe and my mom too preferred this way of making it. So I definitely recommend the microwave way of cooking this dessert!
Let me reiterate that this is the most simplest way to make Carrot Halwa, very less stirring involved and while it’s getting done in the microwave, you can paint your nails! Now that is surely the smart way to cook! Grate the carrots finely. Add them to a microwave safe bowl. Pour in the milk and microwave high uncovered for 15 minutes. Give it a mix every 5 minutes.
Add sugar and khoya. Mix well and microwave high uncovered for another 10 minutes. Add ghee/clarified butter and microwave high for 7 more minutes.
Garnish it with chopped nuts. This is one of the few desserts which can be served hot or cold.
Carrot Halwa is soft, moist and slightly chewy. The goodness of carrots can be smelt in the aroma itself. They also bring in more sweetness to this dish. Plus love the deep orange color it gives the dish. The key is to not make it very sweet, it should be just about right. Overall it’s a winner!
- 1/2 kg carrots, grated
- 1 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 100 gms khoya
- 2-3 tbsp ghee/clarified butter
- Chopped dry fruits/nuts for garnish
- Grate the carrots finely. Add them to a microwave safe bowl. Pour in the milk and microwave high uncovered for 15 minutes. Give it a mix every 5 minutes.
- Add sugar and khoya. Mix well and microwave high uncovered for another 10 minutes. Add ghee/clarified butter and microwave high for 7 more minutes.
- Garnish it with chopped nuts. This is one of the few desserts which can be served hot or cold.
Some desserts never go out of fashion and this is one such dish! You can also serve it with some whipped cream on top to make it more rich. Either ways, you will surely love this sweet dish even if you don’t have a sweet tooth!
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