The season of red carrots is here and this is one of my favorite recipes to carry to a winter potluck. A spin on the traditional Carrot Halwa, this recipe is quite a hit amongst my peers here. This recipe was also featured in Pune Mirror in a blogger feature a while back. If you have a sweet tooth you will definitely love this one from our archives
For the tart:
- Oreo cookies: 16
- Melted butter: 70g
For the Gajar ka Halwa
- Carrots – ½ kg
- Ghee – 4 tbsp
- Sugar – ½ cup
- Full cream milk – 250ml
- Cardamom Powder – 1 teaspoon
- Dry Fruits – Almonds, Pistachio, Raisins, Cashew Nuts (A handful)
- Wash, peel and grate the carrots (gajar).
- In a heavy bottomed pan add 3 tablespoon ghee and once the ghee is hot add grated carrots along with half a cup of sugar. Dry roast stirring continuously till the water evaporates from the carrot.
- Lower the flame and add milk to the carrot mixture. Let it cook on low flame for about 35 minutes or more till the milk evaporates leaving behind thick khoya.
- Add condensed milk to the pan now and let the halwa simmer, stirring continuously for another 30 minutes until all the condensed milk evaporates
- In a separate pan take 1 tablespoon ghee and roast the dry fruits till they emit a nutty aroma. Add these to the halwa along with the cardamom powder.
- Your gajar halwa is ready. Make sure your Gajar ka Halwa is cool before you start assembling your tarts
Assembling the Tart
- Remove the tart shell from the tart moulds and fill the tart shell with the gajar ka halwa. Garnish with shaved almonds and pistachios. Add some silver dust to give it that festive look.
- This sure is one community dessert, savor it with friends and family…you can thank me later