Winning Recipe No. 3 – Gajar ka Shahi Halwa

Here’s the third winning recipe ‘Gajar ka Shahi Halwa’ sent it to us by Pallavi Mehta.

This recipe took home the third prize as ‘it proved to be a light dessert compared to its name’ – as pointed out by Chef Shwetambari.

Pallavi dons many roles starting with the most important one – of a homemaker, a wife, a mother of two teenage kids, an avid reader, an educationist, a lecturer by profession and at present pursuing research in the field of Economics. We plan to ask her from where she gets so much energy and whether we can borrow some! 😉

In her spare time she loves to catch up with friends over tea, listen to Hindi film music and watching Bollywood films!

The Lifestyle Portal is happy to publish this 3rd winning recipe by Pallavi in her own words and we can’t wait to try it out one of these days!

I love this is recipe is because:

I have a sweet tooth and I am very fond of Indian sweets. Also since carrots are readily available during the winter season and that this dish has a high nutritive value and makes a very delicious dessert .

[scg_html_carrot] Ingredients:

  • Carrots : 1k.g.
  • Ghee: 50 gram
  • Milk:1 lit.
  • Sugar:100 gms
  • Cardamom :4-5
  • Dry fruits : handful of almonds, cashews, raisins and pistachios.
  • Condensed milk (Milkmaid Mithai): 100gms.

[scg_html_carrot] Time preparation:

45 min.

[scg_html_carrot] Method

  1. First wash the carrots and peel them.
  2. Then grate all the carrots. (Tip: if you have food processor ,you can do this job within  one min.).
  3. Take a heavy bottom vessel, heat it and add ghee (keep aside 2 tea spoon ghee to be used later), melt it and then add all the grated carrots on medium flame and sauté for 15-20 mins.
  4. When this mixture dries up a little and your kitchen fills up with the aroma of cooked carrots, pour the milk in it and again on medium flame keep stirring.
  5. When the milk dries up, add the sugar and it should melt in the mixture while you continuously keep stirring for 10 min.
  6. Now add the condensed and keep stirring for 10 min.
  7. Your gajar ka shahi halwa is almost ready.
  8. But before taking it off the flame add the remaining 2 tea spoons of ghee, mix properly and switch off the gas .
  9. Meanwhile chop all the dry fruits in even size (except raisins) and crush the cardamom.
  10. Now garnish it first with cardamom and then all the dry fruits.
  11. Now you can serve hot gajar ka shahi halwa in your best crockery and I am sure your guests will relish it and shower you lots of compliments.

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Tanya is a graduate in Sociology from Sophia College, Mumbai, a post-graduate in Communications and Media from SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai and holds a Master's Degree in Journalis & Mass Communications from Chandigarh University. A former writing mentor and a seasoned lifestyle writer, Tanya writes columns on The Lifestyle Portal of life and living.

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