Kali Gajar Ka Halwa or Black Carrots Halwa recipe with step by step pictures
Black Carrot or Kali Gajar ka Halwa is a royal delight to eat, Kali Gajar or black carrot is specially available in winter season, from December to March in India and more specifically in south Asia region. Kali Gajar ka Halwa is specially made in Uttar Pradesh state of India. It is considered as part of Awadhi cuisine. In Lucknow, during winter season you can get this delicious royal sweet dish in old Chowk area (Radhey Lal Sweets etc) and in Allahabad you can get them in the sweet shops of very old Lok Nath Bazaar. Being a Banarasi, I tried to find a shop which sell this dessert, but till now, I am not able to find it in any sweet shop of Varanasi. Kali Gajar ka Halwa is considered as very healthy dessert as it is said to boost immunity in winter season.
Kali Gajar or Black Carrots are considered super food because of its very high nutritional content. Black carrots have five times more anti oxidants and 40 percent more beta carotene than regular orange carrots. Two medium to large sized black carrots have five times more vitamin A than daily recommended dose for humans and hence, they are found to be good for people with eye related problems. Anthocyanin, which imparts purple black color to these carrots, and is found in abundance in black carrots has the potential to to treat Alzheimer disease and colon cancer. This research is done by Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Maryland.
Black carrots were more popular centuries back, in India. These black carrots are considered good for digestion and in North India, a special fermented drink called Kali Gajar ki Kanji is prepared from ages which is good for your digestion and immunity. High amount of iron, calcium, potassium and vitamin A, B, C in black carrots are very good for bones and overall development of body. So, whenever you see black carrots in your local vegetable market just grab them, they are true miracle food. And, what a delight to have a Halwa made out of these Kali Gajar or black carrots. Presenting below simple and easy recipe to make royal Kali Gajar ka Halwa. Do try 🙂
Kali Gajar Ka Halwa Ingredients:
1 cup ~ 240 ml approximately
Black carrots (Kali Gajar) – 500 grams, it will amount to around 2 and 1/2 cups of cleaned, peeled and grated black carrots
Water – 1/2 cup
Clarified butter (ghee) – 3 tablespoons
Granulated sugar – 1/4th cup
Almonds (Badam) – 1/4th cup
Cashew nuts (Kaju) – 1/4th cup
Raisins (Kishmish) – 1/4th cup
Green cardamom (Elaichi) – 5 pods
Khoya or Mawa (dried evaporated Milk) – 1/3rd cup grated
Kali Gajar Ka Halwa Method:
1. Wash, clean and peel the black carrots or Kali Gajar. Wear surgical gloves or plastic gloves for peeling and grating the carrots or else be ready for stained finger for a day as colors of these carrots sets in your hand very fast.
2. Grate black carrots with a grater. It should amount to about 2 and 1/2 cups of grated carrots.
3. Now place a pan on a high flame and put clarified butter or ghee into it. Wait for few seconds, so that clarified butter or ghee gets hot enough.
4. On medium high flame, add grated black carrots into the pan and saute them well for two minutes by stirring the mixture continuously.
5. Now add 1/2 cup of water and turn the flame to low. Cover the pan with lid and allow the mixture to cook on low flame till all the water evaporates.
6. Meanwhile, in a chopper or mixer Jar, put raisins (Kishmish), cashew nuts (Kaju), and almonds (Badam).
7. Chop/grind them to form a coarse mixture having small chunks of all the nuts and raisins.
8. Crush green cardamom pods using mortar and pestle to make the cardamom powder.
9.Add granulated sugar into the mixture when water is completely evaporated and grated black carrots are cooked, and have become soft and mushy. Mix it well for about 30 seconds on a low flame..
10. Add grated dried evaporated milk (Khoya or Mawa) into the mixture, mix it well and cook it for about two minutes on low flame, stirring continuously till Khoya or Mawa has gelled completely into the mixture.
11. Finally add coarsely grounded or chopped dry fruits and raisin mixture and crushed cardamom (Elaichi) powder into it. Mix it well for about 30 seconds and switch off the flame.
12. After mixing all things your Kali Gajar ka Halwa should look like the picture below.
Absolutely delightful and super healthy Kali Gajar ka Halwa is ready. It looks so royal and tempting when garnished with edible silver leaf (Chandi ki Warq), but the taste of this sweet dish is amazing and will be loved by all in your family.
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