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Gajar ka halwa – The quintessential sweet dish for winters, being one of the healthiest, thanks to the nutritional qualities of a Carrot. Counted as one of the super foods, Carrot, has amazing health and skin benefits. They are beneficial for a good vision, a healthy heart, stronger immune system, digestion, as well as improving the texture of skin. So, whether it is vanity or health, you have carrots to your rescue. And for everyone who dislikes to eat raw carrots(like me), Gajar ka Halwa is a delicious alternative. There is nothing like enjoying this dish in winters, while being tucked in a cozy blanket, and watching a movie or reading a book. It still takes me back to my childhood, every time I eat it.

1 kg Carrots- 4 servings

What you will need:
• 1 kg carrots or 8 cups grated carrots(Gajar)

• 1 kg milk(Full cream, preferably)
• 2 tablespoons each, for garnishing-(Cashews, Almonds, Pistachios)
• 2 tablespoons Raisins (Kishmish)
• 1 teaspoon crushed cardamom powder
• Sugar (1, cup, or according to your taste)
• 8 tablespoons of Ghee

Preparation for Gajar ka Halwa
• If you have whole carrots, wash, peel, and grate them, then keep them aside.

• Chop the Cashews(Kaju), slice the Almonds (Badam), and Pistachios (Pista) thinly, and keep all the nuts aside.

• Crush the cardamoms (Elaichi) in your blender, or use the store-bought cardamom powder.

Steps to make Gajar ka halwa
• Boil the grated carrots in a pressure cooker with 1 kg milk.
• Once the milk comes to a boil, close the lid of the cooker and let it go for 5 whistles on a medium to high flame. (20 minutes approx.)
• Once the lid of the cooker opens on its own after the pressure has been released. Open the lid and check the carrots. (they should be boiled by now).
• Put a pan(non-stick preferably) on low-medium flame, once the pan is hot, put ghee and let it heat up for a few seconds.
• Put the boiled carrots and sugar in the pan and stir-fry them for 7-10 minutes on a low flame.
• The carrots will acquire a lovely ghee-fried colour and a delicious aroma.
• Once the carrots are cooked, garnish with the nuts/dried fruits, and sprinkle the cardamom powder.
• Enjoy it while hot 🙂

Home made Khoya/Mawa recipe: 2 hours(approx.)

What you will need:
• 1 kg full cream milk
• Pour the milk in a pan with a thick bottom, heat the milk on a low flame, and slowly bring it to boil.
• Once the milk is boiled, simmer it on a low flame and stir at regular intervals.
• Keep simmering and stirring the milk, at regular intervals for some time.
• You will see a thick layer of milk being formed in the pan, scrape it off and add to the milk and stir again. Keep scraping it off and adding to the milk.
• The milk should reduce and thicken by now, keep simmering it on low flame.
• Once the milk has thickened and reduced, you will see the bubbles being formed, stir it continuously till you see no bubbles.
• The moment the bubbles have disappeared, it is done. Now, just scrape off the dry milk from the sides of the pan and add it to the milk.
• Switch off the flame, cool it in room temperature, and then refrigerate it.
• Enjoy it with the Halwa or other sweet or savoury dishes.

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