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Microwave Gajar (Carrot) Halwa

Gajar Halwa
An easy and hassle free microwave recipe of Gajar or Carrot Halva using sweetened Condensed Milk.  This 20 minutes Microwave recipe is a savior whenever we have friends over for dinner.  By the time I am cooking the main course on the stove top, my dessert is getting ready simultaneously in the microwave.

Ingredients:
Carrots/Gajar (grated) - about 4 1/2 cups
Sweetened Condensed Milk - 14 oz (396 gm)
Milk - 1/4 cup
Butter or Ghee/Clarified Butter - 1 tsp
Pistachios/Pista - about 20
Green Cardamom/Elaichi - 2 pods (seeds only)

How to prepare Condensed Milk Gajar Halwa in a Microwave:
  • Peel and grate the carrots.  Crush the cardamom seeds in a mortar pestle to a fine powder.  Finely chop the pistachios.
  • Preparing Gajar Halwa in a microwave is quite easy.  Keep checking after every minute or two, to avoid burning.
  • Wipe a microwave safe bowl dry.  Grease the bowl with butter or ghee.  Add carrots and microwave for 3 minutes.  Stir after every minute.
  • Now add milk to the bowl.  Mix and microwave for 6 minutes.  Stop the microwave and stir after every 2 minutes.  If the carrots appear too dry, you can add more milk, about 1/4 cup.
  • Add condensed milk to the softened carrots.  Microwave for 6 - 8 minutes, stirring after every 2 minutes.
  • Finally, add cardamom powder and pistachios.  Save some pistachios for garnish.  Microwave for another minute or two until carrot halwa looks creamy and not watery.  After cooling, the halwa will thicken a little more.
  • Along with cardamom, you can also add saffron/kesar or nutmeg/jaiphal or cinnamon/dalchini.  Use any nuts of your choice - Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, Pecans.  I prefer the low calorie pistachios.
Garnish with pistachios and enjoy warm or chilled Gajar Halva.

5 comments:

  1. a jiffy method!will try soon almost this weekend..

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  2. this is delicious looks wonderful

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  3. this was one of the first things that I learnt cooking form Ma. Halwa looks wonderful....

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  4. nice recipe uma. halwa looks yummy!!

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  5. Lovely recipe! Tried it, and it turned out very well! Sure to make this again. Thanks!

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