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March 26, 2013

CARROT HALWA

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carrot halwa plate

 

Carrot halwa | Gajar ka halwa is the easiest and delicious sweet recipe that can be made jiffy.The best thing about this sweet is it takes very less ghee unlike other halwa recipes.. I made this for my daughter’s birthday Birthday cake. This is one of her favourite sweets.We love to have it with vanilla ice cream.. Usually carrot halwa is made with khova or condensed milk. But i make it in a very simple way with milk.I followed my cookbook recipe and it came out very well.I pressure cooked the carrot adding milk. If u want , u can cook the carrots in milk in low flame in an open pan which gives more taste. As i wanted to make it quick i pressure cooked the carrots. For more rich taste , a paste of almonds and cashews can be added at the end..Try this easy version , u’ll love it for sure Smile..

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INGREDIENTS
  • Grated carrots – 2 cups (levelled , tightly packed )
  • Milk – 1-1.25 cup
  • Sugar – 1/2 - 1/3 cup
  • Ghee – 2 tbsp
  • Cashews – few
  • Elachi – 3 nos powdered
 
METHOD
  • Wash & Grate carrots using a big size grater and set aside.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of ghee in a pressure cooker base and roast the cashews till golden brown. Remove the cashews alone leaving ghee in the pan. Now add the grated carrots and saute till the raw smell of carrot emanates.. Saute for 3-4 minutes. Carrots will turn slightly pale orange in color.
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  • Then add the milk and pressure cook in high for 2-3 whistles. Remove the lid and allow to boil for sometime till all the milk is absorbed by the carrot.
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  • Now add the sugar and mix well till sugar dissolves.Then add the elachi powder and mix well.The halwa thickens and it starts to leave the sides of the cooker. Now add the remaining 1 tbsp of ghee & roasted cashews, mix for a minute and serve..Make sure the mixture has some moisture , do not make it dry else it will become very thick after it cools down..
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It tastes the best when served warm with ice cream !!

 


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KITCHEN CLINIC
 
Benefits of Carrots
Forget about vitamin A pills. With this orange crunchy powerfood, you get vitamin A and a host of other powerful health benefits including beautiful skin, cancer prevention, and anti-aging.
1.  Improved Vision
Western culture’s  understanding of carrots being “good for the eyes” is one of the few we got right. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is transformed in the retina, to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision.
Beta-carotene has also been shown to protect against macular degeneration and senile cataracts. A study found that people who eat the most beta-carotene had 40 percent lower risk of macular degeneration than those who consumed little.
2.  Cancer Prevention
Studies have shown carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. Researchers have just discovered falcarinol and falcarindiol which they feel cause the anticancer properties.
Falcarinol is a natural pesticide produced by the carrot that protects its roots from fungal diseases. Carrots are one of the only common sources of this compound. A study showed 1/3 lower cancer risk by carrot-eating mice.
3.  Anti-Aging
The high level of beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism.  It help slows down the aging of cells.
4.  Healthy Glowing Skin (from the inside)
Vitamin A and antioxidants protects the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, and uneven skin tone.
5.  A Powerful Antiseptic
Carrots are known by herbalists to prevent infection. They can be used on cuts – shredded raw or boiled and mashed.
6.  Beautiful Skin (from the outside)
Carrots are used as an inexpensive and very convenient facial mask.  Just mix grated carrot with a bit of honey. See the full recipe here: carrot face mask.
7.  Prevent Heart Disease
Studies show that diets high in carotenoids are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.  Carrots have not only beta-carotene but also alpha-carotene and lutein.
The regular consumption of carrots also reduces cholesterol levels because the soluble fibers in carrots bind with bile acids.
8.  Cleanse the Body
Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body. It reduces the bile and fat in the liver. The fibers present in carrots help clean out the colon and hasten waste movement.
9.  Healthy Teeth and Gums
It’s all in the crunch! Carrots clean your teeth and mouth. They scrape off plaque and food particles just like toothbrushes or toothpaste.  Carrots stimulate gums and  trigger a lot of saliva, which being alkaline, balances out the acid-forming, cavity-forming bacteria.  The minerals in carrots prevent tooth damage.
10.  Prevent Stroke:
From all the above benefits it is no surprise that in a Harvard University study, people who ate more than six carrots a week are less likely to suffer a stroke than those who ate only one carrot a month or less.
Source : http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-benefits-of-carrots.html



25 comments :

  1. Carrot halwa looks so delicious and lovely!! Wonderful snaps! Do visit my space at- http://www.rita-bose-cooking.com/

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  2. Looks yum ...I am sure little princess must have enjoyed this

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  3. Am speechless!!! looks super delicious... wow i am so drooling!!
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  4. our favourite dessert..looks divine with icecream

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  5. Wonderful combo with vanilla ice cream, wish raksha a wonderful birthday. nice clicks

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  6. The pressure-cooking method of making gajar ka halwa is totally new to me; I always made it the traditional way in pan reducing the milk.

    But if this method helps less stirring, less hand pain, and less standing, less boredom ... ah, bliss!

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    1. Yes this method surely helps u in all these :) Do try sometime :)

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  7. Thanks for the tips chitra
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  8. Looks yummy chitra !! First time here and you have a lovely blog :)

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  9. Hope your daughter had a wonderful birthday! Halwa looks delicious!

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  10. Delicious carrot halwa, bleated birthday wishes to your princes.

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  11. Belated b'day wishes to Rakhsha.Halwa looks yummyculous.Love to try ice cream halwa combo.

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  12. OMG ! One of my most favy dessert... Love to taste it with icecream ever and convey my wishes too... :)
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  13. Looks superb! With ice cream its very tempting!

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  14. An all time favorite! Looks delicious!!

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  15. My birthday wishes to ur lil darling, icecream and halwa both makes me droollllllll..

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  16. Delicious Halwa.. Love the combo of halwa and icecream..

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  17. Thanks for the recipe. Tried it today. Though the texture was not as appealing as yours it tasted good:)

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    1. Thanks for trying Uthra :) Next time when u make please remove it when there is little moisture. So after it cools down, u will get the same texture as in the picture :)

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