October 30, 2008

Carrot Halwa - A Sweet Indulgence

While I was going through my list of posts, I realized, I hadn't posted a single dessert/sweet dish. We aren't really fond of sweets, There are very few sweets that we relish, & one among them is the mother of all desserts - Carrot Halwa. Though we are introduced to world cuisine, Carrot Halwa still holds the pride of place among Indian desserts.

As with most recipes, there are various versions of this dish. Even though the process is slightly labour intensive, every tiny bit of this heavenly dessert is worth it.
Here's my version,

Preparation Time : 1 hour

Ingredients:
  • Grated carrots - 4 cups
  • Milk - 4 cups
  • Ghee/clarified butter - 1/4 cup
  • Sugar - 2 cups
  • 2 tsp - green cardamon powder
  • A handful of cashewnuts - chopped
  • A handful of raisins
Method:
  • Heat 2 tsps of ghee in a heavy bottomed pan & fry raisins & cashewnuts until golden brown. Remove & set aside
  • Add grated carrots & saute for a couple of minutes.
  • Add 4 cups of milk & stir at regular intervals.
  • Cook until milk is completely absorbed
  • Mix in ghee & sugar & stir till sugar is completely dissolved & carrots get a glaze.
  • Turn off the stove, Add in green cardamom powder & mix well
  • Garnish with chopped cashewnuts & raisins.
Serve with vanilla ice cream .. Enjoi !!!

53 comments:

Shankar said...

Looks very nice & yummy...I do get confused at times whether your site is meant for receipe or photography..

meeso said...

I absolutely love carrot halwa! It really looks perfect, wish I could taste it!

Usha said...

Looks perfect...love carrot halwa....

Curry Leaf said...

Perfect dish.Hope you had a happy diwali

Cham said...

U re like me, I prepare only once in year sweet that 's diwali! Just for sharing ... The carrot halwa is just gorgeous!

Uma said...

who can resist carrot halwa! looks fabulous and inviting.

anudivya said...

Congratulations! First dessert post! :)
You know, I have never tried carrot halwa with ice cream, lot of people have raved about it...

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

looks delicious dear.. it is a healthy dessert too.

Gita's Kitchen said...

I havent prepared carrot halwa for quite sometime. Thanks for reminding and for the recipe :)

Vidhya said...

looks really yummy and nice click

Divya Vikram said...

You can call these carrot laddoos..perfect Diwali treat..

Shillu said...

All need is a lil icecream to finish off the yummy halwa!! mouth watering!

Swati said...

Still not getting carrots here.. longing for the halwa.. looks so yummy!!

LG said...

Vanilla Icecream and Carrot halwa is my way of indulging in Sweet! Halwa looks yumm Deehsa.

Sharmila said...

Carrot halwa looks delicious Deesha! When I make it in a non stick utensil I end up using much less ghee though.Next time will try it with vanilla icecream. :-)

jayasree said...

Mouthwatering pics. Great presentation.

Adlak's tiny world said...

wow carrot halwa looks dazzling dear. dont u send me some.

Priti said...

Looks worth of drooling over...vanilla and carrot halwa is great way to enjoy the dessert....gud one dear

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

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Jaishree said...

Carrot Halwa Looks very nice & yummy...Nice Presentation.

rekhas kitchen said...

delicious nice pic too

Sia said...

there are just two sweets which i really love, one is gulab jamun and another is carrot halwa and ur pics made me simply drool here.

Sireesha said...

Carrot halwa looks gorgeous and droolfying...

n33ma said...

I think this is my all time fav......looks so delicious.Good Click!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks so colorful and yummy! I sure going to make soon coz u hav tempted me!

mitr_bayarea said...

Your carrot halwa has come our perfect from the looks of it, and what a great combo with vanilla ice cream.

PG said...

looks lovely! And I'm sure it tast even better. It is quite like the method I have learned from my mommy.

Sheetal Kiran said...

I absolutely love carrot halwa ... love the beautiful contrast between the gorgeous orange of the halwa and the somber navy blue .. the nuts stand out so nicely!

raaji said...

vow the halwa color looks so tempting with nuts on the top.....

Yasmeen said...

Classic Halwa,looks so decadent:)

Priya said...

Carrot Halwa looks delicious..love them like anything...tempting one...

Illatharasi said...

Wonderful presentation.... looks delicious:)

Andhra Flavors said...

perfect carrot halwa and nice presentation too..

Bharti said...

Lovely!

Lavi said...

Lovely Lovely Carrot Halwa..

G.Pavani said...

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G.Pavani said...

carrot halwa looks yummy and mouthwatering,,good entry

Laavanya said...

That looks perfect and absolutely tempting.. has been so long since I had it.

nicisme said...

What a great sweet treat! Looks very addictive and delicious.

rekhas kitchen said...

Kannada rajyotsava subhasayagalu

n33ma said...

Have an award for you at my blog.....plz pick it up.Also Happy Kannada Rajyotsava

Sara said...

Yum, this looks delicious - I happen to have a big bag of carrots in the fridge!

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

1st time to ur blog. yummy blog. Wow! Gorgeous carrot laddoos. Very tempting.

Vij said...

Lovely halwa!!! gr8 pics too..
hot carrot halwa and vanilla ice cream - deadly combo!

Uj said...

Carrot halwa and Vanilla ice cream...Divine combination.. I am drooling

Purva Desai said...

Carrot halwa looks simply irresistible. The click makes it more tempting

Bhawana said...

this is very tempting Deesha. Good one dear. I liked ur kadhi as well.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

How my! This is like a carrot cake trufle almost! Must be wonderful!

Usha said...

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Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Halwa is arranged well and lovely texture too...

TBC said...

The halwa looks so good! Love the moist and crumbly texture.

vidhas said...

yummy carrot halwa. Nice presention. feel like having from the plate

Mansi said...

my first time to your blog Deesha! you have some great food spread out here! these carrot halwa laddus look really cute:) hope you can participate in my Vegetarian Thanksgiving event if you find some time:)