Halwa recipes are typical of Indian desserts. One can find many varieties of halwa dishes in Indian Cuisine. Mothers love sneaking in fruits and veggies into their kids’ diets through warm and comforting halwa. Halwa is a delightful sweet dish that brings much-needed cheerfulness during meal battles. Copious amounts of ghee make it ultra-rich. And those who like it extra generous, sweeten things up by adding jaggery or sugar. Because of natural sweetness from the fruit, you don’t require to add extra sugar. But if using a vegetable or a grain like semolina, add sweetener to make things sweet. One such recipe is Gajar ka Halwa or the Indian Carrot Pudding.
Gajar ka Halwa is a winter delicacy. If you are from Delhi, you’d probably know that Delhi winters are all about the warming desserts like Gajar ka Halwa. Other winter exclusive halwa recipes include Besan ka Halwa, Badaam ka Halwa, Moong Ki dal ka halwa, and Atte ka halwa. Suji ka halwa is one halwa dish that I love to cook all throughout the year, no matter what season. Now I live here in Toronto, and winters here are a bit more elongated. I get a pretty good excuse to gorge on my favorite halwa more often. Panjiri is another winter specialty and a very healthy treat too. Because it a combination of warming foods like nuts and seeds, it is a must food item to store and stock upon during chilly winters.
And now back to Gajar ka Halwa! Before actually making it at home, I was vaguely intimidated by this recipe. I knew it requires the constant labor of love and strong willing arms that would stir the mixture continually. But, to my surprise, it didn’t feel like that way when I came to terms with making it. Maybe it was the excitement of relishing this winter treat henceforth. And I enjoyed cooking it too. Because for me, cooking is a meditative process. I like to immerse myself in every sight, sound, and smell.
As a result, the sweet aroma of pureed carrots in combination with robust flavors of saffron and cardamom filled my heart and home with memories back home. I read somewhere that smell makes for the most potent memories. And my childhood memories are all about chasing the scent of all good things cooking in the kitchen. Which now I can see in my little ones. Childhood I tell you is truly the most enjoyable time. And I feel incredibly thankful to relive it with my kids. I hope you enjoy my recipe of Gajar ka Halwa.