Halwai-Style Kali Gajar Ka Halwa Recipe
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Halwai-Style Kali Gajar Ka Halwa Recipe

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Learn how to make kali gajar ka halwa in a pressure cooker at home. This halwai-style gajar ka halwa is made without mawa or khoya. To make this easy halwa you will require kali gajar or black carrot, dudh/doodh or milk, ghee, sugar, dry fruits and cardamom powder. 

This recipe is inspired by Lucknow’s Ram Asrey Kali Gajar Ka Halwa. Ram Asrey is one of the oldest sweet shops in Lucknow. And their kali gajar ka halwa is the best.

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About Black Carrots:

Kali gajar or black carrot is a rare variety found in many parts of the country. These carrots are black or deep purple in colour due to anthocyanin (a powerful antioxidant). This substance has quite a lot of health benefits. It has the potential to treat neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s. It can help fight diseases like cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity and oxidative stress. And these carrots have a unique taste, are slightly sweet and have a subtle spicy aftertaste.

Prep Time: 10 min | Cook Time: 35 min | Total Time: 45 min

Serves: 4 people

Ingredients:

To fry the dry fruits:

¼ cup ghee

10-15 raisins

10-15 cashews, roughly chopped

10-15 almonds, slivered

To pressure cook carrots:

1 kg black carrot, grated

1-litre milk

To make the halwa:

½ cup + 3 tbsp ghee

½ cup sugar

A pinch of salt

¼ tsp green cardamom powder

Method:

Heat a pressure cooker over a medium flame. Add ghee and allow it to melt.

Add raisins and cook for a few seconds. Then take them out and keep them aside.

Add cashews and almonds. Cook for a few seconds until they become light golden. Then take them out and keep them aside.

Add grated black/kali gajar to the pressure cooker. Give it a good stir.

Add milk and mix well. Close the lid. Cook for 3-4 whistles or until the carrot softens. Turn the flame off

Carefully remove the steam and open the cooker. Bring it to a boil over a medium flame.

Add ghee and give it a good mix. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until the milk is completely reduced.

Add sugar and salt. Mix well. Cook for 3-4 minutes.

Turn the flame off. Add fried nuts, raisins and green cardamom powder. Mix well.

Transfer it to a serving bowl. Garnish with more fried nuts and raisins.

Kali gajar ka halwa is ready to serve!

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Halwai-Style Kali Gajar Ka Halwa Recipe

Halwai-Style Kali Gajar Ka Halwa Recipe

Sneha Paul
Learn how to make kali gajar ka halwa in a pressure cooker at home.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

To fry the dry fruits:

  • ¼ cup ghee
  • 10-15 raisins
  • 10-15 cashews roughly chopped
  • 10-15 almonds slivered

To pressure cook carrots:

  • 1 kg black carrot grated
  • 1- litre milk

To make the halwa:

  • ½ cup + 3 tbsp ghee
  • ½ cup sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp green cardamom powder

Instructions
 

  • Heat a pressure cooker over a medium flame. Add ghee and allow it to melt.
  • Add raisins and cook for a few seconds. Then take them out and keep them aside.
  • Add cashews and almonds. Cook for a few seconds until they become light golden. Then take them out and keep them aside.
  • Add grated black/kali gajar to the pressure cooker. Give it a good stir.
  • Add milk and mix well. Close the lid. Cook for 3-4 whistles or until the carrot softens. Turn the flame off
  • Carefully remove the steam and open the cooker. Bring it to a boil over a medium flame.
  • Add ghee and give it a good mix. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until the milk is completely reduced.
  • Add sugar and salt. Mix well. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Turn the flame off. Add fried nuts, raisins and green cardamom powder. Mix well.
  • Transfer it to a serving bowl. Garnish with more fried nuts and raisins.
  • Kali gajar ka halwa is ready to serve!
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