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Traditional Gajar ka Halwa with Khoya recipe – A delicious Carrot Halwa recipe with khoya or mawa.
With the winter here, there cannot be any better dessert than the Gajar ka halwa. There is something about the hot Gajar ka halwa during the cold, chilly day that makes you feel so good. And the fact that amazing red carrots come during this month makes it impossible not to make this at home. There are variety of ways that one can make this halwa, whether it is made with milk, condensed milk, milk powder or the khoya. I love making it with the khoya or the mawa for the most authentic and traditional finish. The taste of khoya or the mawa simply elevates the flavor of the gajar ka halwa. Just remember to crumble the khoya properly if you are using store bought one. You can make the khoya or mawa at home too by boiling the milk till it thickens. And yes, if available do use red carrots. We are getting such amazing carrots now that it gets so difficult to not make it every week. You can grate the carrots with a grater manually or simply use a food processor to make the life little bit easier. Also remember to use a heavy iron pan to make the gajar ka halwa with khoya recipe. The gajar ka halwa is simmered and stirred often as it gets burnt very easily. You can even make it in a non – stick kadai.
When my dearest friend, KK, shared her Microwave version of the Carrot Halwa, I was like whoa.. What a perfect timing!! I had shot my gajar ka halwa with khoya just then and here she has posted her version. Kk’s microwave version is just so perfect and delicious. And yet so easy. Try out my recipe when you have some time on your hand. Or just head onto her blog for the instant satisfaction when you are pressed for time. I am so tempted to try out her version right now, as my Gajar ka Halwa with khoya recipe was already finished within a day. The common feature that both of the recipes have is the fact, they both call for the red carrots, if available. Do try both and let me know how it turns out.
Let’s get started with the Gajar ka Halwa with khoya recipe
- 500 gms carrot
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tbsp ghee
- 250 gm khoya / mawa
- 150 gm sugar
- 30-35 almond peeled and sliced
- 4-5 green cardamom
Peel and grate the carrots.
In a heavy bottomed pan, add the grated carrots, green cardamom and milk and cook on low flame. Stir often and cook till all the milk has evaporated.
Add the ghee and fry well till it starts leaving the sides of the carrot mixture.
Now mix in the sugar and cook till all the sugar has melt.
Finally add the khoya / mawa and give it a good stir till all the lumps have disappeared from the khoya and the carrot halwa has attained your desired consistency.
Serve warm or cold garnished with almond slivers.
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