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Gajar ka Halwa - Indian Carrot Pudding (gluten-free)

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Eggless
Gajar ka Halwa also known as Gajrela or Indian Carrot Pudding is an Indian dessert often made during the winter months and Diwali.
4.91 from 11 votes
Author: Nisha
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 333 kcal

Ingredients
  

for Gajar ka Halwa

  • 2 tbsp ghee, divided (1 tbsp and 1 tbsp)
  • 4 cups organic carrots, peeled & shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups organic whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup cashews unsalted, chopped

for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Peel the carrots. Shred the carrots using the smaller side of the shredder. You can do it by hand or use a food processor.
  • Heat a wok on medium heat, once hot, add 1 tbsp of ghee.
  • Add the carrots and saute for about 8 minutes until the color of the carrots changes.
  • Keep stirring to avoid burning. This is a labor of love.
  • Add milk to the carrots. Cook the carrots and milk down for 6-7 minutes until all the milk is absorbed by the carrots.
  • Keep stirring to avoid sticking and burning.
  • Once all the milk is absorbed, this is what you should have.
  • Add the sugar.
  • Immediately after, add 1 more tbsp of ghee.
  • Keep stirring. until all the water is absorbed which is left behind by the sugar. This process will take about 5-6 minutes.
  • Once done, add cardamom powder. Stir.
  • Add chopped cashews. You can also add almonds, pistachios, and raisins, however I just stick with cashews.
  • Mix well.
  • Dry roast the Gajar ka Halwa for a couple more minutes so the color of the carrots deepens slightly.
  • Enjoy with a cup of my Kadak Masala Chai.

Nutrition

Calories: 333kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 7gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 130mgPotassium: 656mgFiber: 4gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 21532IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 152mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Carrots, Diwali
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