Carrot Halwa- Gajar Halwa (microwave version)

Gajar Halwa is King of Sweets
A thousand other desserts, it proudly defeats (from a poem by wordbug)

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I first posted my recipe for  gajar halwa in 2010 when I made it on the stove top and it took me ages to get it perfect.  Since then I have got better and now learned a quick and easy method which I have tried out on friends and family who have loved it.   Not only is this a quick recipe, it’s also made with very few ingredients.  I made this yesterday as Nayna Kanabar from Simply Food came to visit me which I really appreciated as it’s a fairly long drive for her.  Nayna, Jagruti  and I  got to know each other in 2010 when I had just started blogging.  We started sharing blogging and cooking tips.   Since then our blogger friendship has blossomed and we have become good friends who compliment each other like strawberry and cheese or should I say Gajar Halwa and cream?  It’s lovely to be able to share ideas and information.  Unfortunately Jagruti couldn’t join us yesterday but I hope to catch up with her soon.

Ingredients for 4 to 5 servings

  • 1200 grams of carrots
  • 100 grams of butter
  • 1 can of carnation sweetened condensed milk 397 grams
  • pinch of saffron
  • pinch or two of nutmeg
  • ½ tsp of cardomom
  • handful of sliced almonds

Method

1.   Grate the carrots finely.  I had initially used 1200 grams of carrots but after peeling and cleaning them – they weighed 900 grams.

2.  Add the butter to the carrots, cover the dish and cook the dish with a lid on  high (750 watts) for 16 minutes – stirring the mixture every 4 minutes. 

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3.  Once the carrots soften, add the carnation milk, stir and cook again (with the cover)  at 4 minute intervals for 8 minutes.

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4.  Add the saffron, cardomom and nutmeg and half the sliced almonds and cook (with the cover) until all the carnation milk is absorbed (about 8 more minutes).  Covering the dish prevents the halwa from drying out.   Be careful not to overcook the halwa as it will make it dry.  If this happens – add 2-3 tablespoons of milk to moisten it and stir.

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5.  Garnish with almonds and serve hot with cream or ice-cream.

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The following picture was taken by Nayna which makes me realise that I have so much to learn about photography.

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What sweet dish do you cook when you are entertaining?

I am linking this recipe to “In my Veg Box”  event on Nayna’s second blog Citrus Spice 

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  • Nayna Kanabar

    First and foremost Mina I want to say I had the most wonderful time visiting you, the drive there and back was definitely worth it.The food you served me was delicious and mouthwater.As for the halwa what can I say, it was truly royal in every mouthful, it had the perfect texture the the perfect balance of spices and was rich and delicious with the lashings of cream you served it with.As for the photography your click is just a different take on how you style food.Its wonderful and I love the authenticity of the flavours and clicks.I love the heart bowl too.Thankyou for serving me such a scrumptious dessert.

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Thank you Nayna . You are welcome anytime .

  • linsy patel

    Love the color of your halwa. We never had with cream always with ice cream.

    • MinaJoshi5409

      The carrot halwa tastes great with both – ice cream and cream

  • rachelcotterill

    Cool, I didn’t know you could make halwa in a microwave. Looks delicious 🙂

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Cooking in the microwave is quicker and easier as you don’t have to keep stirring the halwa

  • shweta a

    i never ever thought that I would try making halwa 1st with orange gajar and then in MW…this looks lipsmacking:)
    U in the UK??

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Shweta- we get lovely sweet carrots grown locally in the UK where I live .

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