|There she helps… 🙂|
I had quite a bit of carrots sitting in my fridge and I had to finish it off. I checked with my colleagues whether they wanted halwa or kheer, and the response came in unanimous tone – HALWA! And it had been quite sometime since I had made it. Once I peeled the carrots and started grating it, my elder one, who was just up from her long sleep after her jet-lag came and asked me if she could grate the carrots. I was pleasantly surprised! This is the first time she has asked me if she could help and that too with household chores! I was kind of worried as our marble top is slightly high, made for tall people like me. 😉 My elder one is actually taller than her age category kids. I told her that her hands may ache. She gave me a disappointed look and told, “Ummi, I am bored, I want to do something!”
OK, fine, so that means I get rid of the work of grating carrots. Hehe… she went on to grate all except two. Her hands did finally ache! 🙂 But I was amazed at the speed she finished them off, I didn’t expect her to do it so fast. So going to say that maybe the halwa tasted awesome because her little hands had grated them and I was pestered for this recipe.
- 700 gm carrots, peeled and grated
- 2 tbsp ghee
- 600 ml milk
- ½ cup sugar (as per taste)
- A pinch of cardamom
- 2 tbsp chopped nuts (I used cashes, almonds and pistachios)
- 1 small pack cream
- Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker. Saute the grated carrots on medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Pour in the milk. Close the lid of the cooker and cook for one whistle.
- Switch off and let the pressure go on its own.
- Open the lid, switch on the flame to medium and boil the mixture till the milk reduces.
- Keep stirring it in between to ensure that it does not get stuck at the bottom.
- When the mixture turns thick, add in the sugar and mix well. The sugar will melt and the mixture will again loosen up.
- Cook till the mixture tightens again.
- Finally add the cardamom, nuts and cream and give it a nice stir.
- Cook for another 5 minutes and switch off.
- Cool to room temperature and enjoy! If you love it chilled, then leave it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before devouring it. Yum!!!
2. My sugar levels are pretty low, so please increase it as per your taste!