Gajar Halwa or as called in Punjab “Gajrela” is a popular north Indian sweet dessert pudding made mostly during winters (carrots season). Now a days you will find it all year round but usually it is made in winters using ghee (clarified butter), full fat milk, Sugar/condensed milk or jaggery (healthy option) garnished with nuts and raisins.
500 gms grated red carrots
3 cups whole milk
3 tbsp ghee or clarified butter
7-8 tbsp sugar or 100gms jaggery or small can of condensed milk
1 tsp green cardamom powder
7-8 cashew chopped
7-8 pistachio slivers
A pinch of saffron strands (optional)
Grate carrots and keep aside. In a hot pot add ghee, when ghee is hot, carrots and saute for 2-3 minutes on medium flame. Make sure carrots don’t turn brown.
Add milk, saffron, green cardamom powder and cook carrots on medium flame until milk is evaporated and start’s forming milk solids. Now add sugar/jaggery /condensed milk and cook for another 3-4 minutes, until all milk is evaporated.
Garnish with pistachio slivers, chopped cashews and raisins
Serve Hot with Vanilla Ice cream or cold.