This delicious fudge-like Carrot and Almond pudding ‘halwa’ recipe is so simple, there’s no way to mess it up…go ahead, try it.
‘Gajjar Halwa’, an extremely popular Indian dessert made with milk and carrots is served for day-to-day entertaining as well as festive occasions. The ‘real Halwa’ version served in restaurants and for festive occasions uses milk solids called ‘khoya or mawa’ which can be found at ethnic Indian stores…and that would make this a heavy and rich dessert; a route we are not taking today.
You know by now that Peri’s Spice Ladle is all about ‘the taste’ while maintaining a healthy home-cooked approach…so here we have our skinnier version of the popular & delicious ‘Gajjar Halwa’. Using the rich texture of almonds for crunch and by adding an amazing Honey Lemon sauce drizzled over the top; we move away from traditional ‘Gajjar Halwas’, giving you layers of flavor in our Fudge-like Carrot & Almond Pudding with a Honey Lemon Drizzle. And don’t forget a dollop of frozen vanilla yogurt or ice-cream on top.
Serves 6 : Cook time 35 minutes
For the Carrot & Almond Pudding
1lb carrots, grated
1 cup low fat milk (use whole milk for a richer dessert)
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
4 cloves cardamom (or ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder)
¼ cup butter
1/3 cup almonds toasted and crushed
For the Honey Lemon Drizzle:
¼ cup honey
1 ½ tablespoons lemon
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
In a microwave safe bowl, mix together honey, lemon and powdered sugar. Microwave the drizzle on high for 30 seconds and stir. Put it in a pouring cup and leave aside till ready to serve.
Heat a shallow sauce pan with the milk, condensed milk, ¼ cup of sugar, vanilla essence, cardamom and grated carrots. Let the mix come to a boil and reduce the flame to medium. Cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring at regular intervals till it thickens and all the milk is absorbed. It should look like a carrot pudding at this stage.
Now add the butter and remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar to the carrot pudding and fry till it caramelizes and sizzles in the pan; the final outcome looks like a delicious carrot pudding with a fudge-like chew to it. Mix in the toasted almonds while still hot, so they maintain their crunch but absorb the flavors of the halwa or pudding.
The Fudge-like Carrot and Almond Pudding can be served warm with a drizzle of the Honey Lemon sauce. Or create a decadent dessert treat: top the Fudge-like Carrot and Almond Pudding with frozen Vanilla Yogurt or Ice-cream, some toasted crushed almonds and the Honey Lemon drizzle on it.