Gajar ka halwa is an all-time favourite Indian dessert. This creamy sweet dish is enjoyed by people of all ages and even by those who really don’t like the typical sugar-coated Indian sweets. Made with carrots, milk and dry fruits, gajar ka halwa or carrot pudding is also considered to be very healthy. It is a perfect dish to enjoy during the winter season when lots of nice carrots are available.However, in the current times health conscious people like to avoid too much fat content and refined sugar. So, we have made a healthier and completely vegan version of this age-old recipe. The best part is that this recipe is totally oil free as well. But be assured, it doesn’t compromise on taste and will completely satisfy your sweet tooth and dessert cravings with its wonderful flavour.
Let us check out the recipe:
Ingredients 2 large carrots (the fresh red, long variants available in winter) – thoroughly peeled and grated4 cups of almond or coconut milkCashews – 10 pieces soaked overnight or in hot water for 15 minutes and made into a smooth pasteCardamom powder – 1 tspDry fruits: Pistachios, cashews, almonds and raisins, chopped – 1/4th cupRose water – 4 tbspSaffron – 1 pinch soaked in a tablespoon of waterCoconut sugar or crushed palm candy – 2 heaped tablespoons ProcessIn a pan put the grated carrot and add the nut milk of your choice. Mix thoroughly and bring the mixture to a boil on medium heat, mixing thoroughly in between.Turn the heat on low and cover with a lit for 5 minutes, mix one in between to avoid burning. Cook until it reaches your desired consistency, you can make it fully dry or leave it a bit runny.Add the coconut sugar or palm candy, mix thoroughly.Add the cashew paste to get extra creaminess, mix well.Now add the rose water, cardamom powder and dry fruits and combine well.Lastly, add the saffron mixture and mix well. Turn off the heat.Serve, garnished with chopped dry fruits on top. Enjoy!