Diwali without sweets is not a diwali at all. Diwali without indulgence is not a diwali at all. I prefer food indulgence more than indulgence on crackers or expensive gifts. Gajar ka halwa is a very common but famous dessert that is prepared for celebration. In north usually this dessert is made during winter season. Hot gajar halwa in cold weather sounds divine. Also in north India the carrot you get is red, tall, slender and sweet. While the one that we get here is orange, short,thick ones with minimum sweetness.Hence for the carrot halwa prepared from orange ones needs extra sugar.
Recipe Source here
Grated Carrot – 1 kg
Condensed Milk – 2 tins (400 gms each)
Milk – 1 cup (don’t use skim)
Ghee – 1 cup
Powdered cardamom – 1/4 tsp
Sugar – 1 cup
Badam – 1/4 cup
Raisin – 1/4 cup
- In a thick bottomed pan, add grated carrots, condensed milk, sugar and sugar and cook on medium flame. Cook till the carrots are cooked and the milk has reduced and thickened.
- Add the ghee and cardamom powder and mix well till the carrots have become dark in color and milk has completely thickened.
- In a tadka pan, heat some ghee and fry the badam and raisins separately.
- Pour over the halwa and mix. Reserve some for garnishing if required.
- Serve once the halwa has cooled a little bit.
Enjoy your diwali.