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Sweet Carrot Dessert
(Gajar Halva)
What You Need:
  • 6 medium-sized carrots (about 1 pound), scraped and coarsely grated
  • 1 quart milk
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 1 cup jaggery (raw cane sugar), or substitute dark-brown sugar combined with dark molasses
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1½ cups whole blanched almonds (about 8 ounces), pulverized in a blender or with a nut grinder
  • ¼ cup ghee
  • The seeds of 10 cardamom pods or ½ teaspoon cardamom seeds, wrapped in a kitchen towel and crushed with a rolling pin
  • ¼ cup unsalted pistachios, toasted
  • ¼ cup unsalted, slivered blanched almonds, toasted

  • How To Cook:
    1. In a deep heavy 5- to 6-quart saucepan, combine the carrots, milk and cream. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to moderate and, stirring occasionally, cook for 1 hour, or until the mixture has reduced

    2. Stir in the jaggery (or brown sugar and molasses) and the sugar, and continue cooking for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to the lowest possible point, add the pulverized almonds and the ghee, and stir for 10 minutes more, or until the halva mixture is thick enough to draw away from the sides and bottom of the pan in a solid mass.

    3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cardamom. With a metal spatula, spread the halva on a large heatproof platter, mound it slightly in the center, and decorate the top with pistachios and slivered almonds.

    4. Serve warm or at room temperature. In India, gajar halva is also sometimes decorated with a special edible silver leaf.

    To Serve: 6 to 8
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    Cuisine » Asia » India
    Main Ingredient » Vegetables » Carrot
    Main Ingredient » Dairy » Cream
    Main Ingredient » Nuts » Almond
    Dish » Desserts


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