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Old April 5th, 2018, 12:54 PM
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Carrot Halwa

No, Sarvi. It doesn't taste like carrots are steamed They are perfectly caramelised.

In a 2L or any small cooker, layer as below:

1. 3 tbsp water
2. 1 cup grated carrots
3. 1/3 cup sugar
4. 3 tbsp ghee

Do not mix, just layer as mentioned. Close and cook on high for 8 mins exactly. Whistle count starts to slow down as you approach 8th min. Switch off stove immediately, release pressure manually.

Garnish with nuts if desired.

Note: 8 mins is what it takes me for carrots grown in North America. I am being told Indian grown carrots are more juicier. So, the extra min to reach the right caramelization maybe needed for Indian carrots. If its still too watery upon opening, shoot for another 2-3 whistles.

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Old April 5th, 2018, 01:02 PM
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Re: Carrot Halwa

So, now madrasis will teach gajar halwa to Punjabis? and that too those who never had red carrots, only orange carrots (known as salad carrots in north india). j/k

Where's the khoya in halwa? Canada has plenty of Punjabi sweet shops, you gotta try authentic stuff sometimes.
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So, now madrasis will teach gajar halwa to Punjabis? and that too those who never had red carrots, only orange carrots (known as salad carrots in north india). j/k

Where's the khoya in halwa? Canada has plenty of Punjabi sweet shops, you gotta try authentic stuff sometimes.
Meh...I am sure you are better at it than me
try this though

I dont like my carrot halwa with khoya. But this is how it works (I made it once).

1. divide 1 cup carrots in to 2 parts.
2. Mix 1/8 cup of khoya in one part.
3. layer plain shredded carrots on bottom part
4. Then layer the carrots with khoya on the top part...followed by sugar and ghee.

We dont let khoya touch the bottom of the pan; i.e exposing it to direct heat.
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Re: Carrot Halwa

Carrot halwa without khoya has to be augmented with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream on the side.. as usual, your recipes are incomplete without my input.
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Re: Carrot Halwa

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Carrot halwa without khoya has to be augmented with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream on the side.. as usual, your recipes are incomplete without my input.
that they are

Actually, I am attempting to focus on cooking in a way that will bring out the best in veggies. So, things like khoya, ice cream roasted nuts are optional. But they are not the main ingredient.
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Re: Carrot Halwa

Well, the way I make carrot halwa is simple.

1/2 kg carrots, 2 lit milk, sugar to taste

Grate the carrots. Then put everything in kadai (grated carrots, milk, sugar) and cook on slow fire till nearly dry, stirring it from time to time. Near the end you may add powdered eliachi for flavor (but I don't if cooking for myself). Similarly powdered dry fruits may be added, as per preference (but I don't if cooking for myself)

Takes 2-3 hours.

A lot of milk eliminates the need for khoya and ghee, and during the cooking time you get a lot of carrot kheer too, which tastes yummy
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Old April 6th, 2018, 06:29 AM
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Re: Carrot Halwa

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Well, the way I make carrot halwa is simple.

1/2 kg carrots, 2 lit milk, sugar to taste

Grate the carrots. Then put everything in kadai (grated carrots, milk, sugar) and cook on slow fire till nearly dry, stirring it from time to time. Near the end you may add powdered eliachi for flavor (but I don't if cooking for myself). Similarly powdered dry fruits may be added, as per preference (but I don't if cooking for myself)

Takes 2-3 hours.

A lot of milk eliminates the need for khoya and ghee, and during the cooking time you get a lot of carrot kheer too, which tastes yummy
Sounds good, if you have 2-3 hours on hand
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Sounds good, if you have 2-3 hours on hand
I do, when it is the carrot season and a weekend
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A lot of milk eliminates the need for khoya and ghee, and during the cooking time you get a lot of carrot kheer too, which tastes yummy
so you are partaking in some kheer before it's even done, that's just genius.

I do some similar while cooking tadka for like rajma or chana, while stuff is pressure cooking, I'm preparing the onion ginger garlic tomato tadka (or base, whatever), if I'm hungry I'll get a spoon of this on a bread, grill it on a pan .. I call it tasting and balancing the masala.
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Sounds good, if you have 2-3 hours on hand
nah, need 30 to 45 minutes total.. you don't just do cooking, you let it cook while you do other things.. like watching a game, having a beer, doing some office work, loading the dishwasher, even while having dinner something can be cooking on the side, you attend to it for a minute every 10 minutes.
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so you are partaking in some kheer before it's even done, that's just genius.

I do some similar while cooking tadka for like rajma or chana, while stuff is pressure cooking, I'm preparing the onion ginger garlic tomato tadka (or base, whatever), if I'm hungry I'll get a spoon of this on a bread, grill it on a pan .. I call it tasting and balancing the masala.
Yeah.. sometimes I end up making excess tadka "by miscalculation" and save some. Try tadka stuffed paratha in the morning with tea (ready mixed 70 times boiled tea) . Caution : you only need to spread the tadka inside, not really stuff it.

One secret about that carrot kheer. You love it whether piping hot or fridge cooled. Keep a bowl or two in the fridge for 3-4 hours, and it gets a thin layer of malai. No other way you would get an out-of-world gajar malai like that
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Yeah.. ... ... ... tea (ready mixed 70 times boiled tea) . ... ... ...
Explain this please.
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Explain this please.
Ready mixed tea, boiled 70 times, a la Rambharose Hindu Hotel style.

Take 1 cup water, 1 cup milk, add tea and sugar, bring everything to boil, and let it simmer till everything reduces to 1 cup. You may add Tulsi / ginger etc. as per choice
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Explain this please.
How about Tandoori Chai!!!!!

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Great info

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