Gajar Halwa/Carrot Pudding

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If Super Bowl makes the Americans go crazy, then Cricket makes the Indians go bonkers. In India, you can see boys as well as men playing cricket in every corner, on every street, in every playground. Even though hockey is the national sport of India, it’s cricket that you will find in almost every Indian’s blood. My brother and my dad never ever miss any match, be it cricket or football. I remember as a kid, if ever India lost a cricket match, my brother used to get SO emotional that he would not talk and just go off to sleep without eating dinner and he is kind of still the same πŸ˜€

Me and Arvind are not too cricket crazy. We follow the news and get an idea who’s winning, who’s where but we never really sit and watch a whole match. Today was different. It was a big day for India today. 2011 World Cup Final Match: India Vs Sri Lanka.. India in Finals, YAY ! πŸ™‚ I wished that I was in a different time zone and I could have watched the whole match. But, no regrets! We at least saw how it ended.. nail biting.. amazing.. legendary! India rocks! We WON the world cup πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


If we were in India, we would have probably celebrated the victory by bursting crackers, dancing with friends and screaming the night out in joy and laughter. But, we are in US and I had to celebrate the day.. So, i decided to make some treat. What better than Gajar Halwa (Carrot Pudding).. right ? πŸ™‚ So, that’s how we started our day on 2nd April 2010. Celebrating our win with Gajar Halwa. So So proud of our Men in Blue πŸ™‚


This will serve 2 people:

Ingredients:

  • 7 to 8 carrots, finely grated
  • 1 cup condensed milk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup roasted almond, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbs cardamom powder

Directions:

In a deep pan, bring some water to boil.

Add the grated carrots and let it boil for 6 minutes.

Drain it and keep it aside.

In a pan or wok, add the milk and condensed milk and bring it to boil.

Add the boiled carrots and cardamom powder. Then, keep cooking in low heat till the milk is completely absorbed.

Finally, add the chopped almonds and mix them properly.

Serve hot or cold.

I just couldn’t wait and we ate it hot! WE WON THE WORLD CUP 2011.. Yipeeeee πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Sharing this sweet treat with Midnight maniac Meatless and Hearth and Soul Hop

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Nandini says:

A treat to celebrate the victory of India! I must say that it looks too tempting!

Priti says:

Wow this looks super delicious ….and very tempting …yahh we WON …hurray

This looks like a great treat! Congrats on the cricket championship!

Manu says:

Wow! I will definitely make this. My husband has a sweet tooth and he keeps on telling me how good gajar ka halwa is… so I will have to surprise him one of these days! πŸ˜‰ I love the fact that it is made with carrots, it makes it a “healthy” dessert! Congratulations on the world cup! I am not a big cricket fun (I actually only learnt the rules a couple of years ago by watching the movie Lagaan!) as we have no cricket in Italy, but my husband got all excited when I told him! hehehe πŸ™‚

Vimitha says:

yummy and creamy looking carrot pudding… Loved the generous use of nuts…

Karishma says:

I think this is the end of my search for the easiest carrot halwa recipe, one that didnt require khova or mava or whatever! Cant wait to try it and am sure this will be my default recipe from now on..thanks Kankana!

Priya says:

Irresistible halwa, wat a beautiful dessert to celebrate our Huge WIN..

Yum. At first glance, it looks like a carrot purΓ©e one would serve along with some proteins. A dessert version looks something worth trying. I bookmark the recipe!

Raji says:

Yum halwa…perfect to celebrate India’s victory…looks very creamy and rich.

tigerfish says:

Ooh some sweet desserts to celebrate India’s win! πŸ™‚

Soma says:

I need to make this REALLY soon!! I have been putting it off for the longest time, as I eat all that I make sneaking in thru the day. But I cannot resist it any more. Looks spectacular. a royal way to celebrate indeed!

Amazing sweetness added to carrots with nuts… wow this sounds delectable for sure!

Manu says:

Kankana… you know how much I love your blog, right?? I have an award for you. You can collect it here:http://www.manusmenu.com/awards-galore
Hugs! πŸ™‚

Swathi says:

Gajar ka halwa looks awesome dleicious, love the color.

Priti says:

Yahh we won gal ..halwa looks so yummmy…such tempting pics ..

aipi says:

Kankana, halwa looks awesome, I feel like grabbing the platter right from the pic!!
A BIG YAYYY for the Men in Blue :))

US Masala

Congratulations India! Looks tempting and yummy…

WOW, such an excellent breakfast idea. Tiffany loves carrots and I’m sure she’ll love this pudding. Can’t way to try it. Thanks for sharing.
Wonderful photos.

nisha says:

i love my gajjar ka halwa oozing with ghee and as unhealthy as possible πŸ™‚
btw i rechecked the competition link..seems 2 be working, but I think the website would be up and running full fledge only in a day or two

warm and delicious carrot halwa looks wonderful

Tes says:

Oh my god! My whole neighborhood was going crazy at the final and I couldn’t sleep because of all the fireworks that night πŸ™‚
When somebody told me it’s carrot dessert I used to think that they were mad, but now I really addicted to carrot halwa πŸ™‚

Tiffany says:

A healthy and beautiful dessert!

I’ve never had carrot pudding–that sounds delish!

I never had this before either bit you made those amazing photos that only makes me hungry and bit curious how would it taste!
Sounds awesome and looks fantastic and tasty..so it must be incredible dish!

I’ve never tried carrot pudding either, but I’m up for anything!

I find cricket totally confusing! Watched a match in the St Kitts airport, so many rules! Fabulous carrot pudding, I’ve never heard of anything like this!

Oh my ..that looks one delicious bowl of halwa.I like your quick version.I have heard a lot abt using condensed milk but never used it.I generally make it the long way.Would love to try your recipe sometime.
And yes..Team India ROCKS!

I have never seen such a thing! this looks so amazing. A great way to get the kiddies to eat their carrots πŸ˜€

Joanne says:

Congrats on the victory and double-grats on that pudding! Yumm-EE!

Your wonderful blog inspires me, Kankana…and I think it’s enough reason to pass these awards to you! http://www.pinaycookingcorner.com/2011/04/bunch-of-awards.html
You are one blogger who’s so worthy of these awards!
More power!

Ria says:

Kankana, I love Gajar Ka Halwa! Yours look fabulous…I loved the pic where the steam can be seen rising from the pudding, beautiful!

It is a great dessert!

I was happy to leave you an award for your nice receipes.

http://www.aromaycocina.tk/2011/04/awards-galore.html#more

Best regards.
BegoΓ±a

Team India Rocks…we are the CHAMPIONS now…so proud to be an Indian!!
Gajar halwa looks delicious..perfect dessert to celebrate the victory…

RS says:

Droolyfying..Mouthwatering πŸ™‚

jenny says:

yum! one of my fave desserts! i tried this once in an indian restaurant and absolutely loved it. tried making it once at home but it wasn’t even close to the one i ate in the restaurant.. now i have another recipe to try! πŸ˜€

A perfect dish for the celebration and wonderfully made and clicked

Yuuum! This sounds so delicious and I LOVE cardamom!

Congratulations on your team’s cricket win! And what a great dish to celebrate with. Your carrot pudding sounds absolutely delicious – real comfort food! Thank you for sharing it with The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop.

Dan says:

This looks amazing, and just in time for Passover – maybe garnish with some dried fruit or something. Thanks!

Kankana! I am giggling here because last night my husband had to watch the basketball championships for college. He does love baseball and football and watches all those games but for the basketball he only watches the finals. Of course I had to make a good dinner because his team was in the finals, but he lost, though he still won some money in the pool. I wonder if he didn’t have a chance to win money whether he would watch at all! Congrats to India and the cricket championship! When we drive past Flushing Meadows on saturday or sunday where they had the 1964 worlds fair in new york there are always a ton of cricket matches on and it is such fun to watch a little bit! As a kid my uncles came from England and brought us a cricket set and we learned how to play, but it is not a big American game. Your pudding though looks soo good! I would also loved to eat it hot! I have had only carrot cake as a sweet carrot dessert and I would love to try this! Thanks for hosting and posting on the hearth and soul hop! Hugs! Alex

looks swell kankana & mighty good clicks ! loved reading the post

What a delightful dish! I have been on a pudding kick lately, but I am also trying to eat healthier – this seems like the perfect compromise!

Miriam says:

Congrats n the world cup, that is very exciting!! Awesome carrot pudding too! :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Medeja says:

I was looking for the recipe for carrot halwa for some time.. I hope to try it soon πŸ™‚

I’m so glad India won! I’ve never watched a cricket match but Adam says they can go on for days sometimes. I’ve also never had carrot pudding, but yours looks so tempting! Great photos too.

Celia says:

Go India! And go halwa! I must confess I’ve made this for breakfast occasionally…your recipe for it looks so great!

Kankana says:

Thank you everybody for those lovely words πŸ™‚

Padhu says:

Absolutely delicious .Fantastic pictures

Sadhana says:

Halwa looks so delicious, lovely presentation.

Preena says:

Happy about India’s world cup win too!! Great photos πŸ™‚

Sadhana says:

Carrot Halwa looks absolutely divine.