Hello! Today I am going to make a very delicious and tasty Traditional Gajar Ka Halwa Pakistani Food Recipe. It is a winter recipe because carrot is a seasonal vegetable. A popular traditional South Asian dessert made from carrots and milk, mostly consumed during winters.
Gajar ka halwa or Carrot pudding is a traditional South Asian dessert that is made with carrots, milk, fats, and sugar. It’s one of those dishes you find every other Indian/Pakistani making during winters because you get those beautifully reddish, sweet, and juicy carrots, which are this season’s hallmark.
The other magic ingredient in this halwa is called the Khoya or Khoa. Khoa has evaporated milk solids created by heating the milk in an open saucepan. It is used in various Indian/Pakistani desserts. It adds texture and flavor to the halwa.
How To Make Traditional Gajar Ka Halwa Pakistani Food Recipe With Step By Step Instructions:
- Carrot (1 kilogram Peeled)
- Milk (2 liters)
- Sugar (2 cups or to taste)
- Ghee (1 cup)
- Green Cardamon (4 to 5 pieces)
- Khoya (250 grams ) evaporated milk solid
- Chopped Pistachios for garnishing
Start by peeling and washing the carrots. This recipe requires grated carrots. You can either grate your carrots manually or by using a chopper.
Next, in a large, deep thick bottom pot, add milk and green cardamom. Boil the milk and add the chopped/grated carrots. After adding the carrots, reduce the flame to low and let the milk and carrots simmer.
Continue to cook your halwa until the milk starts to reduce and there is almost none left. This will take roughly 30 to 40 minutes. If you are using a girdle below the pot, you can even leave the halwa unattended during this time.
Once, most of your milk has been reduced (more than 75%), add ghee and sugar to the pot and let it cook for another 10-20 minutes. This is a very forgiving halwa, even after you have completely cooked the halwa and feel like you need more sugar, you can always go back and add more.
When your halwa starts drying up, you will see a little ghee separating around the edges of the pot. When this happens, turn off the flame and add the magic ingredient! Chopped up Khoa. Lastly, garnish with some sliced pistachios and serve it up, my friend!