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Popular Indian Dessert : Low Calorie Gaajar Ka Halwa (Carrot Dessert)
There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last.
---Robert Louis Stevenson
Gajar Ka Halwa: A Very Popular Indian Desert Most Suitable For Winter Season!
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- Anyone, who has been to India, must have heard about this delicious recipe or sweet dish.
- It is one of the most popular Indian Desert. Simple to prepare and so delicious and nutritious.
- It is served as a Desert, at festivals, weddings and just any kind of celebrations.
- Though carrots can be found all round the year, but winter carrots are the most juicy and sweet.
- The uniqueness of the Desert is that it is to be served hot and secondly, although being a Desert, it can be prepared without adding any sugar due to the natural sweetness of carrots.
- As such it can be safely consumed by diabetic persons too or any Calorie conscious person.
# Prepare it as a low calorie dessert:
Normally at festivals, lot of Pure Ghee and khoya or thickened milk is added to Gajar Halwa, which sure makes it a very rich and high calorie food.
This of course tastes delicious, but here I have not used much ghee and no khoya at all, to keep the recipe low in calorie and high in nutrition.
# Health Benefits of Carrots:
We all know the health benefits of carrots. It is rich in Vitamin A, which is good for eyesight, and also has fiber and Antioxidants, like Beta Carotene.
Therefore it is so easy to feed this to the children the required nutrition, by means of this healthy dish, which they like very much.
- 500 grams. Fresh carrots, grated
- 1 litre milk
- 2 tablespoonful sugar
- 2 to 3 tablespoonful pure ghee or unsalted butter or refined cooking oil
- 10 almonds, chopped
- 1 tablespoonful raisins
- 4-5 green cardamoms, powdered
- 10 cashew nuts, broken into two
- 1 sheet silver foil, optional
- Lots of LOVE and Patience
Preparations and Procedure---
- Select carrots carefully. The ones which are firm, smooth, bright in their orange color and are generally straight. They should not be cracked or broken. Their heads should be intact and leafy. Wash the carrots thoroughly, then grate them. Assemble the dried fruits and powder the green cardamom.
- Place one deep, thick bottomed pan of at least 2 to 3 liter capacity, on medium flame. Pour milk into the pan and bring to boil. Normally full cream milk is used to make this recipe, but I have used double toned or low fat milk here. Add grated carrots and reduce flame to minimum heat.
- Let the mixture cook on low flame, till the whole milk is reduced or evaporated. Keep on stirring occasionally. Add sugar and pure ghee or refined cooking oil. You will find the mixture gets a gloss. Keep on stirring the entire mixture.
- Add the raisins, cashew nuts, almonds and green cardamom powder. Keep turning the mixture for another 5 minutes. Decorate with lightly fried almonds and silver foil( optional). Serve hot.
- This recipe is best prepared on low flame. This will bring out the nice, glossy texture, which will not happen, if cooked on a fast cooking mode such as Microwave or Pressure cooker.
Will you try preparing the delicious and nutritious, Carrot halwa?
The Health Benefits Of Carrots
We all know about the many health benefits of carrots.
- It contains very high amount of Vitamin A and C and dietary fiber.
- It is very low in calories and very good for eye health.
- You can consume carrots in many ways, such as juice, soup, salads etc.
- It is good to include carrots, in the daily diet of your children.
- Children love the taste of carrot halwa and what better way to feed them the healthy carrots in this way.
- You can even make cakes with grated carrots.
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