Have you ever tried making Carrot halwa or Gaajar ka halwa with gond or edible gum? Edible Gum!!! What’s that ???
If you are already a mom, you would have probably heard of edible gum, or Gond as it is commonly called in Hindi, Dink in Marathi. Since gond is usually mixed with very nutrient dense ingredients like whole wheat flour, ghee, nuts and, Milk, it is a perfect energy food.
Here is our Carrot halwa recipe with a touch of gond!
- 1 – 1½ kg carrots, peeled and grated
- 1 ½ – 2 L milk
- 250g sugar( I usually use brown sugar or you can even use 100 g sugar and 100 g dates paste)
- 50 g gond/edible gum
- 50g cashews, coarsely chopped
- 50g almonds, coarsely chopped
- 50 g walnuts coarsely chopped
- 50g pistachios, coarsely chopped
- 3 – 4 pcs green cardamom
- 3 tbsp ghee
- Few strands of saffron
- Fry the Gond in 1 teaspoon ghee until it puffs up, powder and keep aside.
- Start cooking the carrot on medium flame in a non-stick pan. Add 250 ml of milk at a time and cook till slightly reduced before adding more milk, until gradually all the milk has been added to the carrots. Also, add the saffron, split cardamom and chopped nuts while cooking the carrots.
- When the milk has been almost completely reduced, add the sugar, and the gond and cook till dissolved. Keep cooking till halwa starts leaving the sides of the pan.
- Add the ghee and cook for another 5 -8 minutes, while stirring continuously.
- Remove from heat and garnish with sliced nuts. Note – for dates paste – soak de-seeded dates in water for 15 minutes, and puree in a mixer till smooth. Add when the carrots are almost cooked.