Carrot Dessert (Carrot Halwa)  

Thursday, December 3, 2009


This makes a very impressive dinner party dessert. It is best served warm, with fresh cream if desired, and can be made well in advance because it freezes very well. Serves 4-6.



Ingredients:

Carrots - 3 pounds 5 ounces
Ghee - 10 tbsp
Milk - 2 1/2 cups
Evaporated milk or khoya - 3/4 cup
Cardomoms - 10
Sugar - 8 -10 tbsp

To decorate:
1/4 cup pistachios, chopped (I have used grated almonds and saffron strands)

Direction:

Khoya (Evaporated Milk):

Bring 3.75 cups milk to a boil in a large, heavy saucepan, watching the milk carefully so that it doesnt burn. Reduce the heat and boil for 35-40 mins, stirring occasionally. The milk should reduce to a quarter of its volume, and when completely cooked should resemble a sticky dough.

1. Rinse, peel and grate the carrots.

2. Heat the ghee in a large, heavy saucepan.

3. Add the grated carrots to the ghee and stir-fry for 15-20 mins or until the moisture from the carrots has evaporated and the carrots have darkened in colour.

4. Add the milk, evaporated milk, cardamoms and sugar to the carrot mix and continue to stir fry for a further 35-40 mins until it is rich brownish red colour.

5. Transfer the carrot mix to a large shallow dish.

6. Decorate with pistachios and serve at once.

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