- Submitted by Dahlia
(Microwave Carrot Halwa, Gajar ka Halwa with Evaporated Milk)
Last summer my over enthusiastic husband had been to Ooty for a trip with his college friends.On the road sides of Ooty, the fresh orangish carrots had stolen his eyes and he bought some three bunches of carrot. My son jokingly asked my husband if we were rabbits to eat so much carrots.That whole week was Carrot week in my kitchen. I ended up making carrot porriyal, carrot sambar, carrot milkshake and carrot chutney. Along with all these I also made the most popular Carrot Halwa, known as the Gajar ka Halwa.
Carrot Halwa is more common in North India where it is made for all special occasions. Instead of the traditional way of making Gajar halwa, which takes some time, I made it in the microwave. This microwave version of Carrot Halwa requires evaporated milk and just a few other ingredients. Here I have used Evaporated Milk to make Carrot Halwa, which can be replaced by condensed milk or milk powder. In that case, adjust the quantity of sugar accordingly. It is a ideal dish for the beginners who wish to learn a sweet recipe.The color and the taste of Carrot Halwa will make any one flat. It is not only delicious to eat but healthy too. Carrot as we all know is good for eyes. It is rich in Vitamin A, Biotin, Vitamin K1, Potassium and Vitamin B6. So why are you waiting? Just try this recipe soon.
Recipe For Instant Carrot Halwa
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 12 minutes
- Carrots - 2 cups (grated)
- Evaporated milk - 1/2 cup (4 oz)
- Sugar - 3/4 - 1 cup
- Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
- Nuts - as needed
- Ghee - 2 tbsp
- Mix the grated carrot and ghee in a microwave safe dish and microwave it for 2 minutes.
- Add the evaporated milk to this and microwave for 7-8 minutes stirring every 2 minutes.
- The time varies depending on the microwave power. Cook it till the milk is totally absorbed by the carrot and the ghee starts separating.
- Add the sugar, cardamom powder and nuts and microwave for another minute or 2 until you get the halwa consistency.
- Garnish with some more sliced nuts and serve.
- If you do not find evaporated milk, you can use 1/2 cup milk with 4 tbsp of milk powder.
- Another good substitute is to use 1/2 cup milk with 1/4 cup khoya.
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