Well, I love to cook up something to mark a holiday. The husband has gone healthy on me (or so he would like to say) and chocolate is an issue. He likes dark chocolates and I like them many shades lighter. However, when the man is North India, despite all his protests a Gajar Halwa (Carrot Fudge Pudding) is usually a safe bet. A Delhi winter classic, it features in my Westchester kitchen at least a couple of times in winter. I make it when I have the time to do it justice. Some things just have to be done right. I do not overdo the ghee, but do add in its fair share and this Friday the storm offered me the perfect excuse to do it right.
There are many versions out there that promise quick fixes to this dessert, I have not yet ventured into that territory because truth be told I make it for a select few times and usually for special occasions so this is usually a labor of patience and love for me.
Despite all his protests to how this was not needed, it usually gets downed and disappeared fairly quickly making the effort well worth its time.
If you have the patience to spend a few hours (yes, at least 2 hours) around your kitchen nursing this beautiful creation and you are feeling adventurous this Valentine ’s Day, then this is the dessert for you. By the way, this dessert is fairly rich as is, since it is made with milk cooked with carrots to a thick fudge like state with fragrant cardamom, finished with clarified butter, raisins and pistachios. If you want to indulge the way they do at Indian weddings you can top this with vanilla ice-cream. The melting coolness of the ice-cream gives way to warm soft creamy seductiveness of the smooth carroty goodness of the dessert.
A decadent and colorful recipe for Gajar Halwa, a classic dessert from North India. Ingredients Instructions
A decadent and colorful recipe for Gajar Halwa, a classic dessert from North India.