Quick Gajar Ka Halwa ( Carrot Pudding)

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Today's recipe will definitely bring smile to each and everyone's face who are from Northern region of India and waits for winters for only and only one reason. Yes and the reason is Gajar Ka Halwa. Many wants to call it as Gajrela also. In English you can refer it as Carrot Pudding. Gajar ka Halwa is not only a dessert, its an emotion every one can relate to. Its on the top list in many of the winter weddings in India. A hot bowl of Gajar ka Halwa with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream is the best combination I can think during chilly cold weather. One of the strongest memories of my childhood is that in winters every small sweet shop or mithai walas used to serve pipping hot gajar ka halwa in the evenings and there used to be huge crowd in front of his shop. 

The place were I live, its cold for more than six months so I often make this recipe at home. Traditionally, this recipe is time consuming and lots of stiring is required. So if you are require and want to invest some time in real cooking then you can go for it. My mother makes the traditional way. In that carrots are cooked in milk over low heat for an hour or two till the milk is reduced. Then sugar is added and again roasted in ghee, khoya/ mava and dry fruits. But if you want to eat this dish and do not want to invest so much time, then this is a perfect recipe for you and the end results are amazing. 

This is my pressure cooker recipe of gajar ka halwa. Fristly, I washed, peeled and grated the carrot. In a pressure cooker I added carrots, milk, cream and sugar, Mixed everything together and then cooked it under 2 whistles over a low heat. Once done, I opened the lid of the pan. And cooked the carrot and milk till all the milk is absorbed in the carrot. Now in a heavy bottom pan, I heated some ghee and roasted some raisins and cashew nuts till golden brown. Added the cooked carrot and fried till the carrots started to caramelize. Then I added mawa / khoya and cooked it for 5 minutes over medium heat till it is perfectly cooked and started leaving the pan.

Detailed recipe as follows:-

Preparation Time:- 20 mins  Cooking Time:- 30 mins  Total Time:- 50 mins

Number of Serving:- 4-5 persons 

1 cup = 250 ml 
¾ cup = 200 ml
½ cup = 125 ml 
1/3 cup = 80 ml
1 tablespoon = 15 ml
1 teaspoon = 5 ml
½ teaspoon = 2.5 ml
¼ teaspoon = 1.25 ml

* Carrot:- 1 kg ( peeled and grated)
* Milk:- 1 cup
* Cream:- 1/2 cup
* Powdered Sugar:- 1/2 cup
* Elachi Powder/ Cardamom powder:- 1 teaspoon
* MIxed Nuts:- 1/4 cup ( raisins and cashew nuts)
* Ghee:- 2 and  1/2 tablespoon
* Khoya/ Mawa (solidified milk) :- 1/2 cup (optional, I have used it.)


1. In a pressure pan, add the grated carrot, milk, cream, sugar. Mix well, cover with the lid and cook it under 2 whistles over a medium flame. After two whistles switch off the flame and let it sit for 10 minutes or until the pressure is released by itself. (Refer to notes below. )

2. Open the lid and cook the milk and carrot till all the milk is absorbed in the carrot. Add cardamon powder to it. Mix well and cook over a medium heat. 

3. Heat ghee in a pan and fry some raisins and cashew nut till light golden brown. Now add the cooked and boiled carrot to the pan and fry over medium- low heat. Stir occasionally to avoid sticking to the pan. It will take about 10 minutes. 

 4. Add mawa to the pan and mix well till all the mawa is well incorporated with the carrot. Stir continuously till ghee starts to separate from the carrot and mawa. At that point switch off the heat.

Your mouth watering Quick Gajar ka halwa is ready to be serve.

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* If you want to cook the  traditional way, for that take a heavy bottomed pan. Add carrot, milk and cream to it. Cook the carrots in the cream and milk till all the milk is absorbed in the carrot. Add sugar and cook again till all the sugar is dissolved. Cook the carrots over a medium low heat. It can take around 45 minutes to 1 hour. If the quantity is more, it can take more than 1 hour to cook. Rest of the process is same from point 3 onwards.

* If you don not want to use mawa, you can skip this step. It will taste equally good.

Serving Tips:- Serve hot with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream as a dessert.

Nutrition Value per serving:-

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