I came across a recipe from a book by Vishnu Dass and made it for some friends who recently stopped by. Needless to say, it was loved by all and I wanted to share the love!
It's called Carrot Halva
It's also known as gajar ka halwa, and it's a unique Indian dessert traditionally served at Indian festivals and in temples. It's actually a favorite during Diwali, the festival of lights, which took place not too long ago! Diwali is a festival that transcends religion and just brings people together!
Please take note, the ingredients can be adjusted according to your dosha. Carrot Halva is good for Vata and Pitta but can increase Kapha in excess!
- 6 cups of finely grated washed carrots
- 1 cup of light coconut milk (or whole milk)
- 5 tablespoons of ghee
- . 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar
- . 1/2 teaspoon of ground cardamom
- . 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped blanched almonds
- 1 pinch of saffron
Soak the saffron in 1 tablespoon of water for 10 minutes.
Melt the ghee in a heavy pot over low heat and add the grated carrots.
Cook and stir for 5 minutes or so, until the carrots smell fragrant.
Add the milk, stirring constantly, then add the soaked saffron and other ingredients. Keep stirring.
Cook over a low heat, uncovered, until all of the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent sticking.