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Paleo Gajar Ka Halwa | Indian Carrot Pudding (gluten-free, lightened up)

A fragrant Paleo Gajar Ka Halwa that tastes just like the real thing, only made with slightly healthier ingredients, and it's made with a secret ingredient... rose water.


Course Desserts
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Nisha @ honeywhatscooking


Ingredients

  • 6 organic medium carrots peeled & shredded
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 2 cups unsweetened cashew nut milk I used Elmhurst brand*
  • 6 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/2 tsp rose water optional
  • 2 tbsp unsalted cashews dry roasted & chopped
  • slivered almonds & pistachios as garnish

Instructions

  • Peel the carrots.</br></br>
  • Shred the carrots in a food processor or by hand.</br></br>
  • Heat a wok on medium heat, and add ghee.</br></br>
  • Once melted, add the shredded carrots and stir on and off for 10 minutes.</br></br>
  • This is what you should have after 10 minutes.</br></br>
  • Add the cashew nut milk.</br></br>
  • Stir and bring the carrots and milk to a boil, the milk will reduce.</br></br>
  • You'll see bubbles forming, stir every couple minutes.</br></br>
  • The milk amount will reduce.</br></br>
  • At this time, add the coconut sugar.</br></br>
  • Stir and cook for about 3-5 minutes until there is no liquid left.</br></br>
  • Add cardamom powder and rose water.</br></br>
  • Cook for a minute and turn off the stove.</br></br>
  • In the meantime, roast the cashews over medium heat for a few minutes.</br></br>
  • Chop the cashews.</br></br>
  • Add to the carrots and stir.</br></br>
  • Garnish with slivered almonds and/or pistachios. Enjoy hot/warm/cold.</br>

Notes

* Cashew Nut Milk - I used Elmhurst brand which is sold at Whole Foods. This brand contains more fat since they use more nuts per serving, and only contains 2 ingredients. I don't know how this Gajar ka Halwa will taste with other nut milks that contain less fat, hence I recommend using a dairy-free milk that is high in fat - roughly 10 grams of fat per serving. Additionally, using canned coconut milk is an option, however the fat and saturated fat content will be extremely high so I wouldn't use canned coconut milk. Stick with a nut milk that offers about 8-10 grams of fat per serving.
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