If you are in search of the best tasting Indian sweets, you have to try carrot halwa. Cooked over a low flame, this mouthwatering concoction of grated carrot, ghee, dry fruits, full-fat milk, and sugar will make you drool over it. This sweet dish tastes best in winter as the juicy red carrots are available during winter. However, you can make it with orange carrots too.
Some Tips To Remember In Making Indian Sweets
- Buy only juicy and soft carrots as these are easy to grate. You have to grind it thoroughly, and when cooking, it needs stirring constantly. Otherwise, the bottom of the cooking pan and halwa might get burned.
- It is wise to make use of a food processor. It will grate the carrots quickly and in no time.
- You must use a deep bottom pan while preparing this traditional sweet dish of India so that nothing spills out of the cooking vessel.
How To Serve Carrot Halwa?
You can have it as you want. While some people like to have it hot, some are fond of chilled carrot dessert. If you want to add some uniqueness to it, tip a dollop of ice cream over it, and it will taste mind-blowing. You can sprinkle lots of dry fruits before serving to give it an alluring look.
Recipe Of Carrot Halwa Indian Sweets
Preparation time – 10 minutes
Cooking time – 1 hour 15 minutes
- Grated carrots – 650 gm
- Full fat milk – 4 cups
- White sugar – 12 tbsp
- Green cardamom powder – 1 Tsp
- Ghee – 4 tbsp
- Golden raisins – 2 tbsp
- Cashews – 12, chopped
- Almonds – 12, chopped
- Saffron – 1 pinch
- Take a deep bottomed pan. Put it on medium-high flame. Pour the milk along with the grated carrot. Let it boil for two to three minutes. After that, lower the flame and cook it over low flame for almost one hour. You need to stir it continuously so as to avoid burning of the lower layer.
- When you see that the milk has reduced almost 70%, add the sugar, cardamom powder, ghee. Give it a good mix and continue cooking on low flame for few more minutes.
- If you see that the milk has almost reduced, mix the cashews, raisins, almonds, and saffron and mix well with the carrot. Don’t add all the dry fruits. Keep some for garnishing. Taste if the sweetness is correct or not. If you feel like having more sweetness, you can add 2 to 3 tbsp more sugar to it.
- The carrot halwa is ready. Pour it in a serving bowl and garnish with chopped dry fruits. You can serve it as soon as it is done, or you can place it in the refrigerator and serve the cold dessert to your guests.
Can You Store Carrot Halwa?
Yes, if you have leftover dessert, you can put it in a good container and keep it in the refrigerator for about a week. Just before serving, take it out and warm a bit and serve.
Besides carrot halwa, there are many Indian sweets that you can taste to satisfy your craving.