Carrot halwa, or gajar ka halwa, is a delicious and creamy traditional Indian dessert. This recipe uses whole milk, not condensed milk. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for a real treat!
. 2 tablespoons ghee or oil
. 2 pounds carrots, grated
. 1 ½ liters of whole milk
. 2 cups white sugar
. ½ cup raisins or sultanas
. 1 ½ teaspoons ground cardamom
. 1 pinch of turmeric thread
. 8 tablespoons chopped pistachios
Heat the ghee in a large pot over medium heat and add the carrots. Cook and stir briefly, about 3 minutes. Pour in the milk and add heat; bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and simmer gently, uncovered, and stirring occasionally until moisture evaporates, about 1 hour.
Bring the carrot mixture back to a boil; add sugar, raisins, cardamom, and turmeric. Cook and stir until mixture thickens, about 10 minutes.
Spoon the carrot halwa into 8 individual serving dishes. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon pistachios. Serve warm or cool before serving.