How to make Gajar Ka Halwa in 4 different ways
It is the carrot season and there is nothing as delicious and comforting as a bowl of warm Gajar ka Halwa. Gajar ka Halwa is available in candy stores throughout the winter, but the charm that homemade halwa has is unmatched. It is pure, nutritious and made with love.
Carrots are healthy!
We all know how healthy carrots are. Loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and fiber, they are not only good for the eyes as we have grown listening, but also for cardiovascular health. They have anti-aging properties and are said to be anti-cancer! While they can be added to soups, salads, cakes and cookies, in India, making a halwa is an ancient tradition. Halwa is made in winter and is a comforting food that everyone loves. But making Gajar Ka Halwa is not everyone's cup of tea. Sonal Shukla, a human resources professional who has mastered the halwa recipe following her mother's instructions, says. “The trick to make the perfect Gajar Ka Halwa starts from the moment you start grating carrots. From the way you scratch them until they are allowed to simmer in the flame, determine how tasty your halwa will be.
Neeta Manoranjan, blogger and cook, says: My grandmother handed me her recipe and even if I make small changes like adding ghee at the beginning instead of at the end, I find that the taste is altered.
But in reality there is no perfect halwa recipe and nobody can say that he is making the best halwa. In fact, each family has its own way of making Gajar k Halwa and its own way of liking it. For example, those who are health conscious like light and there are those who like it a little lenient.
Here are five ways to make Gajar ka Halwa
The traditional style: Grate 1 kg of carrots and add them to a kadhai and simmer. Once the water is slightly absorbed, add 1 kg of pre-boiled whole milk and let it simmer until the milk is reduced by half. Now increase the flame and continue stirring until the milk is completely absorbed. Now add 1 cup of grated khoya and mix well. Add sugar to taste and 1 teaspoon of green cardamom powder. At this stage, add two tablespoons of butter and dried roasted nuts and cook until the halwa turns dark red and completely dry. Remove from heat and serve hot or cold.
Pressure cooker Gajar ka Halwa: In a pressure cooker, add 1 kg of grated carrots, 1 cup of milk, 250 g of khoya, sugar to taste and 2 tablespoons of ghee, nuts and 1 teaspoon of cardamom powder. Cook up to two whistles. Now over high heat, cook until all the remaining water is absorbed and the color of the halwa darkens. Serve hot or cold.
Microwave Gajar ka Hawla: In a microwave-safe container, add ½ kg of grated carrots, 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of condensed milk, 1 teaspoon of ghee, cardamom powder and nuts and mix well. Microwave at high temperature for 5 minutes. Mix all the ingredients well and cook in the microwave at high temperature until the carrots change color and all the moisture is absorbed. You may need to check the halwa in the middle since the different microwaves work differently.
Quick fall ka Halwa: You don't have much time and still want to make a delicious halwa? Chop the carrots approximately and cook under pressure together with 1 cup of milk for two whistles. Crush them with a masher in the kitchen. Keep the flame high. Add a cup of condensed milk, cardamom powder, nuts and a tablespoon of butter. Within 5-7 minutes, all moisture will be absorbed and your halwa will be ready.
Gajar black ka Halwa: Trust us, it's incredibly tasty! Grate half a kg of black carrots and simmer them with a kg of whole milk. Once cooked well and the milk absorbed, add 1 cup of condensed milk and let it simmer. Now add nuts, a little butter and cardamom powder and cook until the halwa is ready. Enjoy!
Tip 1: Always add ghee towards the end or it will lose its flavor.
Tip 2: Grate so that the carrots are not too thick or will take a long time to cook.
Tip 3: Never grind carrots. It completely ruins your taste.