carrot noodle salad, that I had made few days ago. But, as I lifted the bag to add to my cart, Snehanshu's immediate reaction was "wow Gajar ka Halwa!" :) Why not? I wouldn't make 10 lb. carrot salad :) Yes, for a foodie Indian, winter and carrots mean delicious, warm Carrot Pudding or Gajar ka Halwa!
I like to wash and scrub the carrots well with my scrubber. I do not peel them.
I love my super easy-to-use and handy food processor. With the grater attachment, grating 9-10 carrots is a piece of cake. It doesn't even take a minute to make a 10 cup batch.
10 cups of grated carrots.
Heat 1/4 -1/2 cup ghee or clarified butter. You could add less ghee, or choose to avoid ghee (like my mom does). Add 10 cups of carrots and saute for 4-5 minutes.
Add 1 cup of whipping cream and 1 cup of half and half or regular milk. Simmer and cook till the liquid evaporates.
Add 1- 1 1/2 cup sugar. Depends on your taste, type of sugar used, sweetness of carrots.
Add 1 tsp. cardamom powder and a cup of chopped nuts of your choice.
As the sugar melt, the mixture gets liquified. Allow the moisture to evaporate, which may take 10-15 minutes.
Serve warm or refrigerate for a week or two.
Heat it or microwave it for 20-30 seconds before serving.
This warm carrot pudding is a great comfort food in winter.
But, tastes even better with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream in summer.
Indulge in this Warm Sweetness!!