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Friday, March 12, 2010

Carrot Halwa -- Sticky Pudding

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People who have been reading my blog regularly would have come across the variations I have tried and posted. There were posts on chocolate-sweetbread pudding, Almond Stovetop pudding, Runny Carrot Pudding, Pasta Pudding N Bulgur Pudding, and even a Fake Sweet English Pudding. Is there no end to this pudding mania, you might wonder. I am sorry. I won't get over my affinity for them because they taste oh-so-divine. Yes, I go weak in the knees at the sight of that decadent dessert.
A Sticky Pudding which is commonly known as "Halwa" is widespread in India, Pakistan, Turkey, Middle-east, and South-eastern Europe. Its made sticky with numerous ingredients but for this recipe I am sticking with lots of sugar, clarified butter,sweetened condensed milk and of course carrots.Sending this as an entry to "BSI: Carrots" hosted by Joanne@Eats Well with Others.

Ingredients:
  • Carrots - 4, finely grated using the smallest eye of the box-grater
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk - 3/4 can (of Nestle Carnation)
  • Milk - 2 cups
  • Roughly Smashed Cashews and Raisins - a handful each
  • Clarified Butter(Ghee) - 6 tbsp
  • Cardamom Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar - 3 tbsp ( less or more per preference)
Procedure:
  • In a small, thick bottomed pan, add the carrots along with the milk. Cook the carrots until the milk is almost evaporated.
  • Add the condensed milk to the carrot and keep stirring until its slightly thickened for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Add the sugar and re-thicken the mixture.
  • In a separate pan, add the clarified butter and saute the nuts until they are browned. Throw the raisins and saute for a few seconds.
  • Sprinkle the sauteed butter-y nuts and raisins into the carrot mixture.Stir until the mixture thickens.
  • Important: Check for taste, and add more sugar if needed.
  • Serve hot or cold.
Note: Butter may be used instead of Clarified Butter.
    Makes 4 small servings or 2 large servings

    Enjoy!
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    54 comments:

    1. Yummy! I love this dish...my fav sweet dish!

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    2. whoa...what a color lassie..we love gajar halwan..yummo yummo

      Love
      Kairali sisters

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    3. I am usually not a fan of carrots in desserts...but this one is so beautiful...my dad loves carrots...I will have to make this for him.

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    4. I am usually not a fan of carrots in desserts...but this one is so beautiful...my dad loves carrots...I will have to make this for him.

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    5. I am usually not a fan of carrots in desserts...but this one is so beautiful...my dad loves carrots...I will have to make this for him.

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    6. Dear Lassie

      One more award for me !!!! Thanking you ( I will tell you what is this " thanking you joke" later"). So 2 awards from you in 2 weeks...I shall put them in my blog soon.
      very nice gajar ka halwa..at least you have kept it as a healthy food and not a health food gajar ka halwa..
      I just cant eat halwa unless there is a riot of ghee, sugar, kismis, milk et al.
      have a nice weekend.
      ushnishda

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    7. I love halwa but not the rest of the tummies so i'll have to try this recipe when i have friends over :) Thanks for the award :)

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    8. OMG, that's lovely halwa! Yummmmm! Wish to have some! ;)

      Hey, I'm a pudding fan too! :D

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    9. Looks soooooooooooo yummy .. I always love this and too with icecream.

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    10. Pudding makes me go weak at the knees too. This would be no exception. Looks delicious.

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    11. Pudding makes me go weak at the knees too. This would be no exception. Looks delicious.

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    12. Wow one of my fav dishes. want to grab it immediately .

      Nice song is playing in the background too from ur blog.

      Lovely space dear

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    13. I'm a big fan of gajar ka halwa. Looks so rich and yummy..nice click :-)
      Deepa

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    14. Wow!Really tempting click dear.gajar halwa is my all time fav...yummy

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    15. Carrot halwa looks absolutely delicious and yummy.

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    16. hey this looks yummy..wish could help myself to it :)

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    17. Looks good, by color..... And u have presented it so cute..... The pnly work that is left now is to EAT......
      ;-)


      Ash....
      (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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    18. Hi,
      Just stumbled upon your blog. You have a wonderful blog with great collection of recipes.
      Same here..I would say I am dessert freak, I my DH allows me, I would replace all my meals with just a simple rice pudding!
      Love this color, my all time fav dessert! Well-captured!

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    19. hi lassie, carrot halva looks yummy . Congrats for the award and for sharing. Was not well and that's how my motivation-fatigue to cook and blog started. Now i'm fine...but still...lazy :) Thnx for asking...

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    20. You know CL I love carrot halwa too...so yummy and mouthwatering!! I don't mind having it just from your place...;-))

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    21. Also I really like your mixpod..very nice

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    22. Colourful halwa with beautiful click...

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    23. delicious and one of my fav too :).... awesome click too :)

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    24. delicious and one of my fav too :).... awesome click too :)

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    25. Hi there..
      Thanks for ur lovely comment dear....I also make carrot halwa the very same way!!!Though i use less condensed milk and more sugar:)...I have one cond milk sitting in the cup-board and since a week this carrot halwa have been wandering my head!..u make me drool...

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    26. Thanks for the award dear. The carrot halwa is simply delicious...

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    27. You and me both sister! I would probably marry pudding if I could. I love every variety there is...rice pudding, bread pudding, tapioca pudding, custards, etc. This looks absolutely delicious! I love that color. What a fabulous submission to the BSI!!

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    28. Cant beat anything like a good carrot halwa..lovely click..

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    29. Love carrot halwa.In fact I love all the desserts, see we have something in common...lol..This looks so tempting CL :-)

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    30. oh wow, ever since I saw Joanne's post I was thinking there might be another carrot halwa recipe. This one looks so yummy and delicious. I have a variation posted, hope you like that too :)

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    31. Lovely carrot pudding. I love puddings, their smoothness and sweetness.... my most favorite is Danish Rice Pudding. I am actually making it right now ;-)

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    32. Hi, i love this recipe, is really excellent! I like your blog lot! Thanks for your nice comment. Kisses

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    33. This is such a good wholesome recipe for a take on gooey yummee carrot! I would love to have a piece, so I definitely have to make it! Beautiful pictures!

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    34. Yumm...I love gajar ka halwa.A scoop of ice cream with this would do wonders for me :-)

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    35. my fav sweet dish..ur pic makes me crave!

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    36. Simply delicious and lipsmacking halwa..Count me in :-)

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    37. With puddings as delicious as these, there is definitely no end to pudding mania :) Way to go dear...carrot pudding looks super yummy!

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    38. Delicious. Anything with carrot is my favorite. Congrats for the award.

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    39. One of my favourite halwa. Click is too good and looks very tasty. Loved the presentation :):)

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    40. i've never heard of carrot pudding before...ohmigod, I MUST make this sometime!!

      by the way, thanks so much for your incredible submission to my "You Are What You Cook" Challenge...I just posted a round-up, I hope you check it out! :-)

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      So do hop and see why i think u are a fantastic, creative blogger and my happy pals...cheers and so do hope u enjoy it too....
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    42. This is my all time favourites....yummy!!!!pls come n collect ur award frm my blog dear...

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    43. I love this!!, I can keep on eating the whole day!!, lovely and colourful picture

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    44. halwa or pudding, give me anything with some sweet & ghee, i'll finish it all in a jiffy, hahaha
      this preparation sounds rich and delicious!!! tempting one!!!

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    45. Wow i love this halwa...nice recipe...looks damn tempting

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    46. Love that carrot pudding!
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      joumana accad

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