Gajar ka Halwa

Gajar ka Halwa or Gajrela is synonymous to celebrations and winters in most households in north of India. Iam very old school when it comes to making gajar halwa, and make it exactly the way Amma would make it. This method is a traditional method, i have seen growing up, and have heard many other methods but like this the most. This used only milk, Gajar, very little ghee and little sugar. 

The halwa is made only in winters, as the red delhi carrots as i see everybody call them these days, are best suited for making these, sweet by themselves, and juicy, it feels like they were designed for carrot halwa only. There are alternative methods to it, like making it in a microwave, and i will be talking about it as well.  

Amma would make Gajar halwa multiple times every winters, big cookers with 2-3 kgs of Gajar cooking in it, those were the awesome days. I make it with a standard 1 kg carrot to 1 ltr milk ratio and it works beautifully. I add only 1-2 tsps of ghee to this, and make 4-5 tbsp of sugar, and its one of the best halwa versions you will ever get. 

Serves 3-4

Ingredients

  • 1 kg Delhi carrots, washed, peeled, and grated. 
  • 1 ltr full fat milk / toned milk as you like. 
  • 4-5 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp ghee
  • 2 pinch elaichi / cardamom powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts & raisins

Directions

  1. Peel and grate well washed carrots, and pour in a heavy bottomed cooker / or a microwave safe bowl. 
  2. Add the milk and the cardamom powder, and boil on medium high heat, continuously stirring. 
  3. If you are making it in the microwave, you can cook for 20 minutes at a go and stir well after every 20 minutes. 
  4. You have to continue this process for a good 1 hour to 1/5 hrs on gas.
  5. And a little lesser on microwave, just checking on the heat, and continuously stirring every 5 minutes, on the Gas, and every 10 minutes on the micro. 
  6. Continue till all the milk evaporates, and small granules of khoa is formed, it will a be al little watery, at this stage add the ghee and fry till the remaining water/milk evaporates. 
  7. Now add the sugar and stir only till the sugar dissolves. Switch off the heat. 
  8. Add in the chopped nuts, and serve hot. 

Notes

  • I have used the same measures in both gas and microwave multiple times this month, and the result have been similar. 
  • Use the big size grater, you want the carrots to still hold some body, and not too mushy. 
  • The measures for sugar and ghee are well thought, its not a mistake. 
  • We like adding raw nuts(almonds, cashews, pistas, raisins), some like fried ones, add as you like it.

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