Carrot Halwa

Hope you had a great Diwali! I am sure most of you living outside of India will agree with me that it is hard to get the same atmosphere as in India especially on Diwali-the diyas, crackers, home made sweets and the visitors at home!As much as I want my daughter to enjoy the same way I did during my childhood and growing up years, I know it is not possible. We try to make it as much fun as possible and as close to Indian Diwali that we can.
We put the clay diyas, wear new clothes (usually that will be just my daughter),light up the sparklers (they are the only ones we can burn in our county) and follow the family tradition of feeding the kids with sweets after they burn the crackers!
We do that for 3 days consecutively and we save a few crackers for Nagula Chavithi which comes after a couple of days of Diwali.We did no different this year.This diwali's sweet in my kitchen is Carrot Halwa.
  • 1 Kg (2 lbs) Carrots, grated
  • 1 liter of Whole Milk or 1 can of Evaporated Milk+1 can of Sweetened Condensed milk + Milk (about 2 cups = 16 oz) The combination of evaporated, condensed and regular milk should equal a liter, about 32 oz
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup Ghee
  • 1 tsp of ground cardamom
  • 3 tbsps Whole milk powder/Mava powder
  • Handful of Cashews and raisins fried in ghee, separately
Procedure
  • Heat milk and add grated carrots in a heavy bottomed vessel.
  • Cook for about 10- 15 minutes until the carrots have absorbed majority of milk/liquids.
  • Add Sugar and Cardamom and let it simmer for about 20 minutes until all the moisture from the liquids evaporated and the mixture is coming together.
  • Add Ghee and the milk powder.Cook for a few minutes.
  • Garnish with nuts

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Note
  • Adjust the amount of sugar to taste, I had a relatively mild halwa as I did not want to add too much sugar but feel free to do so if you like. Also, if you use condensed milk in the recipe, which I did, you may not need too much sugar.
  • You can add more ghee if you don't like it dry.
Since I made this anyway, why not send it to FIL-Ghee, hosted by Sanghi of Sanghi's Food delights?

Have fun,

33 comments:

Parita said...

Wow looks soooooo good!

prasu said...

lovely click dear.....yummy looking halwa dear...

munchcrunchandsuch said...

carrot halwa is one dessert ( inspite of me not being so fond of sweets) that i wud readily gobble anytime. nice click

Nat said...

Although I am christian, I know what you mean about the holidays and not having much family to visit etc... your effort with the carrot halwa is excellent though... I would love to give this a try since i've never had it before. & I love getting the little one's dressed up for festivities too...both my little girl's will be a flower fairies for halloween this weekend... : )

Rush said...

looks awesome...i bet its gonna be the first thing im trying my hands at after we move into ur new place

indosungod said...

That is true getting into the actual experience here is difficult, kudos to you for trying. The halwa looks delicious.

Priya said...

Such a gorgeous halwa, looks tremendous Shri..

Preeti Kashyap said...

wow.....feel like having it right now!Great Pic!

Sonu said...

Sinfully delicious sweet! Though, I like warm halwa...weird na? :)

Nandini said...

This carrot halwa brings me a lot of way too many memories! This is my family's top favourite dish! This looks admirably marvelous and yummy!

Sarah Naveen said...

fabulous!!...Halwa looks Really delicious dea..!!

Sanghi said...

Delicious shri..! Yum! If you wish send this to my FIL-Ghee sweets event da!

aquadaze said...

carrot halwa is one irrestible sweet!

Prathibha said...

I love this like anything..looks yummy dear

Sushma Mallya said...

Def would love to indulge in this sweet dish as its my favourite..looks so delicious and the pic is so lovely

Suparna said...

hi Shri :0

Liked the new look of your blog :)
went through couple of your previous posts, and the next in my to do list from your blog is " egg plant curry" it looks so yumm...
Hey congratulations on ur awards shower :) :)
Glad to know that u had a cute and simple diwali, belated greeting to u and ur family :)
Carrot halwa remains a very senti dish for me as it is one of the first sweets that I prepared after my wedding (the first one was sheera)
Your recipe seems ummm...so rich in taste with milk powder, condensed milk, whole milk :) I used to keep it very simple...I'll surely try ur version- Hubby ko maska lagane main kaam ayega ;)
Enjoy!
tc!

Vrinda said...

Mouthwatering halwa dear...so tempting click...

San!!! said...

Catchy carrot halwa ,colorful n definitely would have been highly delicious.

5 Star Foodie said...

The halwa sounds amazing with carrot!

Chow and Chatter said...

yummr, halwa and cool you came to NC !

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

so yummyy..lovely pic

Uma said...

looks so delicious!!

BTW, chayote means "seema vankaya" have you heard of it? Check out the picture here:

http://www.dkimages.com/discover/previews/883/20105570.JPG

Raje said...

Lovely halwa! Looks delicious

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Wow! this is my all time favorite, excellent click too....

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks so yum! I am drooling here - captures diwali flavor well...

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks so delicious.

Malar said...

I too did carrot halwa for this diwali dear..but yet didnt post..Will post soon..your click is so nice

Vaishali said...

I love carrot halwa too, Shri. Your Diwali sounds like it was lot of fun.

Gulmohar said...

Looks very tempting...nice click too :-)

Abhilash said...

Ayyo!! I missed your article.

I like carrot halva a lot. My mother prepares it awesome. Whenever I visit home the first thing I will remind her is to prepare gajar ka halva.

Hope you enjoyed diwali. I missed it :(

I was unable to go through this post due to illness but now I am fine and back to read and learn more.

Padma said...

Me too agree with you Shri... miss all those things esp Diwali atmosphere.
Carrot halwas looks very rich and yummy

Shri said...

Thanks guys for all your wonderful comments!

Babli said...

Carrot halwa is my favourite. It looks delicious. I feel like having it now.

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