Gajar ka Halwa also known as Gajrela is an Indian Carrot Pudding that’s prepared with ghee, carrots, milk, sugar, cardamom, and nuts. This is a Punjabi dessert that is widely popular in North India, especially during the winter months and Diwali season. This nutritious Gajrela can be enjoyed both or cold, I personally love my Gajrela hot (without nuts).
Just with a few ingredients you can make this perfect sweet dish – Gajar Ka Halwa. Traditionally, it is made with fresh red carrot, ghee, mava and lots of dry fruits. There are many different ways of preparing Gajar ka Halwa, some make it with evaporated milk while others use condensed milk. In this recipe, I used homemade khoya, made with milk powder and it’s taste delicious.
Ingredients : Grated Carrot – 2 cups Ghee – 1/4 cup Sugar – 1/2 cup Khoya or mawa – 1/2 cup Chopped Dry fruits – 1/2 cup (Almonds, Cashews, Raisins, Pistachios) Green Cardamom powder – 1 tsp A Pinch of Himalayan salt
Wash, peel carrot and make coarse by using food processor. It yields up to 2 cups of coarse carrots.
Heat ghee in a deep pan and add coarse carrots. Saute on medium heat for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, sugar with salt and cardamom powder. Simmer until it thickens. It takes about 10 minutes.
Now add khoya and mix well. Cook for 3-4 minutes on low heat.
Amazing combination of two vegetables – Beetroot and Carrot. Beetroot Carrot Halwa is a perfect dessert to be served after a perfect Sunday brunch. It is a colorful and tasty dessert with all of the goodness of both the vegetables. Made with grated beetroot simmered in milk, sugar, spiced with green cardamom, and finished with pistachios.
Indian festivals are incomplete without sweets. As now Janmashtami is close, so I thought sharing some sweets recipes. Shri Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated all over India to mark the Birth Anniversary of Lord Krishna. This year it will be celebrated on 11 th August. All temples will be decorated with lights and flowers and at midnight, “Krishna Janm”will be celebrated in most temples and houses.
Several sweet and savory items are prepared in each home for Janmashtami celebrations. Dhaniya ki panjiri, Sabudana khichdi, and Vrat Wale Aloo, and many more delicious recipes are made. Most Krishna devotees fast on Janmashtami and do only falahaar.
When it comes to beets, opinions are fiercely divided. Some people love them, and others will tell you that beets taste like dirt or like candy. But I love to add beetroots almost in everything – Cakes, Dips, Rava Halwa, Juice, even in dhoklas, jam, smoothie, in poha. Most commonly beetroot used in my home is in paratha. Recently I shared Beetroot Kadhi recipe, my son and husband loved it.
Beetroots are rich in nutrients that help to boost your immune system and can produce new blood cells. Whereas, Carrots Are rich in vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B8, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese. Most of the benefits of Carrots can be attributed to their beta-carotene and fiber content. This root vegetable is also a good source of antioxidant agents. They are rich in vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, vitamin B8, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.
Beetroot Carrot Halwa – Vegetable Dessert
This Halwa is a perfect sweet to be served hot after weekend brunch. Adding beets to carrot halwa not only gave beautiful color to halwa but also made it more delicious and healthy.
Grated Beetroot – 1 cup ( 2 medium-sized beetroots)