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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Carrot Halwa / Gajar Ka Halwa ~ Microwave Version


I must say that this "Microwave Cooking" theme of BM#7 has been the easiest one among the lot I tried so far in the various blogging marathons I have participated in. I did not have to plan beforehand this time or make a list of dishes that would fit the theme or anything as such. That is mainly because I am used to microwave cooking and enjoy it. The dishes I have presented so far are a regular fare in my kitchen and the yummy carrot halwa showcased here today happens to be no exception. I usually prefer a microwave to stovetop to cook this halwa since it is quick and easy.
This classic, scrumptious dessert from the Indian subcontinent needs no introduction. The rich, creamy, colorful halwa is so popular among masses that it is an integral part of Indian restaurants' menus worldwide and an iconic dessert of Hindi movies. No wonder considering it's melt in mouth kind texture. A true delectable treat!

Ingredients: (for 4 servings / about 2 cups cooked halwa)
6 medium sized carrots - peeled and grated (I had 4 cups grated carrot.)
2 Tbsp ghee
1 cup full fat milk (I used about 1.5 cup low fat milk today.)
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
3 Tbsp sugar or to taste
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
Nuts to garnish


Method:
* Heat the ghee in a microwave safe bowl and add the grated carrot. Sauté for a couple of minutes.
* Then add the milk to carrot and cook stirring occasionally, until the milk evaporates.
* Next add the condensed milk and sugar to the carrot mixture. Continue to cook until the mixtures turns thick, stirring in between. Remove the bowl from microwave, add cardamom powder to the cooked halwa and mix well.
* Garnish with nuts and serve warm.

Notes:
1 Adding khoya / mawa or cream or condensed milk at the final stages enhances the flavor of carrot halwa. I usually go with a low fat version and skip those when I am preparing a small quantity to satisfy my sweet tooth.
2. Avoid adding khoya / khova when halwa is being prepared in microwave. It tends to turn a dark brown shade and the halwa may be not a visually appealing one though the flavor remains unchanged.
3. Increase the quantities of condensed milk and ghee in the above recipe, if a richer halwa is preferred.
4. Follow the above procedure for stove top method too.

Check what the other marathoners are cooking today.

Comments

20 comments:

Vardhini said...

Wow .. looks so colorful and yummy. Love the bowl Suma.

Regarding the milagu kuzhambu .. yes it thickened on its own. I did not add rice flour.

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harini-jaya said...

my all time fav..basically have a sweet tooth so this delectable dessert is no exception :)

Aarthi said...

Among all sweet dishes my fav is carrot halwa..lovely presentation and look at the colour,it came sout so perfect for you..

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Love that cute serving bowl! Nice presentation!

DEESHA said...

Gorgeous looking hAlwa suma . Love that flower basket. Halwa looks divine in it

Sharmilee! :) said...

Delicious looking halwa and beautiful presentation.....

Shobha said...

Delicious looking halwa...
I loved the silver serving dish.

Prathibha said...

Loved the color of carrot halwa..agree with u reg hindi movies..he he..;) the fact is the rich taste of this halwa makes it a favorite for everyone...looks yumm yumm slurrp..even i use condensed milk in carrot halwa,I rarely use mawa in my cooking..:)

Hari Chandana said...

Wowww.. Mouth watering here. Looks colorful and tempting.. thanks for the delicious recipe. Yummy :)
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Gayathri Kumar said...

Carrot halwa looks so colourful...

Taste Junction said...

Nice presentation...And good to get so many microwave recipes at one place!!

Saras said...

Looks so divine. Love to have any time.

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Kurryleaves said...

That is soooo tempting...drooling here

Pavani said...

Carrot halwa in microwave??? Never thought of that before.. Makes life so much easy. Halwa looks awesome.
LOVE the vendi ginna you used..

Usha said...

I made microwave halwa couple of days ago and the preparation was so easy. I was always skeptical about making this halwa in microwave or in a rice/slow cookers. I must say, I was surprised at the result.. :) I used evaporated milk and sugar instead of condensed milk.

Halwa looks delicious!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Absolutely love it Suma, the color, presentation everything. Please do send it to Veggie/Fruit a Month - Carrot event going on in Reva's blog. The details are on my blog (header).

Shanavi said...

Looks colourful and i love ur silverware..Everything is superb

Apu said...

Looks really delicious!!

Nitha said...

wow colourful and delicious..

Mom Chef said...

Thats sooooooo tempting !! lovely bowl too :-)

Kalyani
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