Today is a very auspicious day for us. The much sought after thing for a nation..... FREEDOM....was achieved.... years back. However/Where ever we are today, we must remember and respect there were a lot of bloodshed and sacrifice to achieve it. Hence this particular day calls for a lot of celebration, remembering that life was too miserable in those days and we are in a far better position today. Being positive only helps to proceed further.
It is indeed very soothing to see the foodie world celebrating Independence Day in their own way, presenting tri-colour recipes. I was planning for some tri-colour rice pilaf and discovered my much loved Master Chef already came up with it. So I thought if I am posting something today, it has to have at least one of the tri-colour in it. So decided on this GAJAR HALWA....which has both saffron and green in it. And the White?.... it definitely should be in our minds.... for our own good.
Earlier, Gajar Halwa was not a Bengali thing. Somehow, my mother learnt it from somewhere and prepared it, I picked it up that way. In the process I learnt to prepare instant Khoya kheer at home. Using khoya adds richness to the dish I feel. We require very less ingredients to prepare Gajar Halwa. Let us see how we do it.
INGREDIENTS :[for halwa]
Carrot : 500gm[pick up the red ones]
Milk : 1coffee mug
Sugar : 1/2 cup
Cardamom Powder : 1/2tsp
Ghee : 2tbsp
Pistachios : To garnish
INGREDIENTS :[for the khoya]
Milk Powder: 1cup
Ghee : 3tbsp
Milk : 1/2 cup
Wash, peel and shred the carrots.
Let us prepare the instant khoya. Mix together the milk powder, ghee and milk. Microwave at high for 3 minutes stirring every 30 seconds. It is done.
Heat ghee in a pan. Add the shredded carrots. Stir till the raw smell goes away.
Add the milk, stir and cover cook at medium to low heat till the milk almost dries up. Stir occasionally.
Now add the sugar and cover cook until all the sugar melts and are incorporated well.
Add the cardamom powder and khoya. Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Transfer into serving bowls.
Serve warm garnished with pistachios.
A much loved and popular Indian Dessert.