Desserts/Sweets

Carrot Halwa (Gajar ka halwa)

Carrot Halwa

This post was sitting in my draft section since a very long time. I have prepared this ample amount of time but never really got to right down the measurements. And last week when I prepared this I made sure I am jotting down every single ingredient and measurement and finally got to post it.

Who doesn’t love gajar ka halwa in India or elsewhere, it’s the most popular sweet served in several occasions. Having a scoop of vanilla ice-cream is a greatest combination to have this sweet in my opinion!

Ingredients:

Carrots- 6 medium (grated)

Unsweetened khoya- 1/2 cup (grated)

Sugar- 1/2 cup

Ghee or clarified butter- 4 Tbsp

Cashew- 3 Tbsp

Raisins- 2 Tbsp

Cardamom powder- 1/2 tsp

Method:

Heat clarified butter in a pan on medium heat, then add cashews and sauté until light golden brown. Add raisins mix for 5-6 seconds and quickly remove the cashews and raisins leaving behind clarified butter in the pan.

Carrot Halwa

Now add the grated carrots and cook them nicely in the ghee (for 8-10 minutes).

Carrot Halwa

Add khoya give it a nice stir and lastly add  sugar.

Carrot Halwa

Mix and cook for 6-8 minutes until everything is well combined and comes together. Add in cardamom powder and mix.

Carrot Halwa

Garnish with cashews and raisins!

Carrot Halwa

Enjoy!!!

Carrot Halwa

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Desserts/Sweets

Kesar Peda

Kesar pedaPedas are soft milk fudges that are delectable sweet that can be made in minutes (if using store-bought khoya). There are several different varieties or flavors of pedas that can be made. you name it, you make it! Kesar peda is one among the favorites in my house and I don’t need any occasion to prepare it 🙂

Ingredients:

Soft unsweetened khoya-1.10 lb or 500gms (store-bought)

Powdered Sugar- 0.44 lb or 200gms

cardamom – 1tsp

saffron -12 to 15 strands

milk – 1 tbsp

Method:

Heat 1 tbsp of milk in a microwave safe bowl for 15 seconds and add the saffron strands and keep aside.

saffron strands in milk

Crumble the khoya  and mix it with powdered sugar in a nonstick pan on medium heat.

kesar peda

Keep stirring until it forms a thick mass (approx 7-8 minutes)  Add cardamom powder.

kesar peda

Then add the milk along with the strands and mix well. Turn off the heat. Any of these two methods could be followed :

1:If cutting them into squares or diamond shape-Grease a heatproof plate with 1/4 tsp ghee or clarified butter, spread the mixture and cut them into desired shapes when warm.

2: If making them into round shape-Let the mixture cool for few minutes. Make them into small 1-2 inch rounds with your hands (by pinching 1-2 inch mixture from the lump and gently rolling them in between your palms), when they are still warm.

Garnish with few pistachios and saffron strands and serve.

Kesar peda

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