It is during the winter season in North India that you get some of the best vegetables – green leafy vegetables, the red and black carrots, green peas – the list is endless. And when these vegetables are in season, they are not just at the best of their quality but also available at low prices. To welcome this new year 2024, let me share with you a recipe that is not only delicious but also free from added refined sugars. It will surely fit into any new year resolutions you might have taken too!
This Carrot and Dates Halwa brings to the table flavor, warmth and a sense of home. As the aroma of cardamom and ghee wafts through the air while the halwa simmers on the stove, it will surely evoke memories of festive gatherings and cherished family moments. Grated fresh carrots and dates are first sautéed in ghee to bring out their flavours and then slow cooked in milk till tender and aromatic, resulting in a dessert that you can indulge in.
Whether you’re on a health kick, catering to dietary preferences, or simply seeking a dessert that marries taste with nutrition, Carrot and Dates Halwa is a must-try! Replace ghee with oil and milk with any plant based milk to make this vegan.
Carrot And Dates HalwaCourse: DessertCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy
Try this carrot and dates halwa, which does not have any added refined sugar.
Ghee – 1-2 tbsp
Cashews – 1-2 tbsp
Raisins – 1-2 tbsp
Carrots – 2 cups, grated (about 400 gms)
Dates – 12-14, pitted and chopped
Milk – 1 cup
Salt – a pinch
Cardamom Powder – ¼ tsp
- Heat ghee in a kadai and fry the cashews till golden brown. Remove them from heat and add the raisins and fry till plump. Remove this too and keep it aside.
- Into the same ghee, add grated carrots and dates and cook till fragrant.
- To this, add the milk and cook till the milk is well absorbed by the carrots and they are cooked through.
- Finally, add a pinch of salt and some cardamom powder along with half of the fried cashews and raisins and mix well.
- Turn off the heat. Serve this hot or cold, garnished with the remaining fried fry fruits.