Gajar ka halwa is a sumptuous pudding made with carrots, milk, sugar and spices. It is a North Indian dessert typically made during the winter months when carrots are readily available.
Its name is derived from gajar, the Hindi word for carrots, and halwa, which means sweets. This tempting dessert is also known as gajrela.
How do you make gajar ka halwa recipe?
Honestly, gajar ka halwa is one of those desserts that is extremely easy to make. The trick is in having patience and stirring the pot often to prevent sticking, as you would with any other stovetop pudding.
It is essential that the carrots be grated by hand, otherwise they'd lose all of their juice and the halwa won't taste as good.
Cool fact: In India carrots have a reddish, sometimes purplish tint, which gives gajar ka halwa a gorgeous bright hue. But you can easily make it at home with regular orange carrots or even heirloom yellow carrots.
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