(Okay, so I did go overboard with the nuts! But believe me, there was heaps of halwa under that obsessive layer of dry fruit!)
- a bag of carrots (approx 500gms) peeled and grated - baby carrots work really well, they're tender and moist
- 3/4 or 1 cup sugar (according to your sweet-o-meter)
- 1 cup ghee
- Approx 1 + cup of milk (enough to cook carrots)
- 1/2 cup mixed nuts - cashews, almonds and raisins
- 1/4 tspn cardamom powder
- First of all, if you're not feeling particularly patient or if you're generally annoyed about something, make this another day! Believe me, it takes some patience and a sense of peace to accomplish this sweet heaven ;)
- So, once you've decided you're quite saintly, then heat about a tbspn of ghee in a wide, shallow pan. Non stick works wonders.
- Toss in the mixed nuts and fry until lightly toasted and aromatic.
- Drain and set aside. This will later be sprinkled on the prepared halwa.
- Into the same pan, tip in the grated carrot and mix well. Don't forget to appreciate your sous chef (if there is one) with a smile at this stage :)
- With the flame on medium, add enough milk to just about cover the carrot and cook until soft. Don't add too much lest it turns out to be carrot porridge.
- Once you're completely satisfied that the carrot is soft 'n' cooked, add in the sugar and mix well. If you add sugar a tad too early, then the carrots won't cook further and you'll end up with crunchy bits. What did I tell you about patience before? It does take a while for the carrot to cook completely. And remember, all this on medium or low heat. We don't want the whole thing to burn.
- Once the sugar has been added, it's only a matter of minutes until everything amalgamates well.
- Oh, before I forget, keep adding a spoonful or two of ghee during the entire process in well spaced intervals until you finish the 1 cup of ghee you started with.
- Sprinkle cardamom powder and mix well again.
- Continue on medium heat for another 10 minutes or so, taking care not to let it burn.
- Remove from heat and garnish with fried nuts.
- Best served warm with lots of love!
P.S: Special hugs to my dear friend for the super efficient and super cute grate! Love it :)