Indian Carrot dessert

Also known as gajar halwa, this is a delicious dessert that also allows you to sneak veggies into the veggie-hesitant!

  • 1kg / 2lb carrots, shredded
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom seeds
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup / 120ml chopped nuts OPTIONAL
  • sufficient raisins, craisins, or similar fruit OPTIONAL
  • pinch of salt OPTIONAL
  • Shred your carrots. I used my food processor’s shredding disk. If you have a child who is keen to help you can always hand them the carrots and a hand grater!

    Melt the butter over medium heat. Quickly fry the nuts and raisins until they are golden and aromatic and remove from the pan.

    Saute the carrots in the butter until they are soft and starting to express their liquid. Add the salt if using. Add the can of sweetened condensed milk and bring it to a boil. Turn down to a low simmer and cook until most of the liquid has cooked out. Add the cardamom powder and stir well to incorporate. Add the nuts and / or fruit and stir well to incorporate.

    Serve hot or cold.

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