Sunday, 7 August 2011

Pressure Cooked Carrot Halwa

This is another version of carrot halwa with out adding sugar. Don't be surpised, I have added the natural sweetner -Dates. These natural products contain Calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium, manganese, copper and magnesium which are advantageous for health. Dates are even rich in several vitamins and minerals. Health benefits of dates are uncountable, as this fruit is affluent in natural fibres. It is said that consumption of one date daily is necessary for a balanced and healthy diet. Dates help in fighting constipation, intestinal disorders, weight gain, heart problems, diarrhoea and abdominal Cancer.
This sweet doesn't require much butter / ghee as we are pressure cooking this sweet. A healthy sweet that can be taken by diabetic patients as well.

Carrot halwa with dates

Grated Carrot – 2 cups
2 tsp - butter
Milk – 1 cup
Dates (deseed & chopped) – 1 cup
Cashews – 2 tbsp
Grated almonds and Pistachios – 1 tbsp

Wash and grate the carrots finely. Heat a pressure pan with 2 tsp of butter or ghee. When it is warm enough, add the grated carrots to a pressure cooker. Stir once and add 1 cup of milk and cover it with lid. Cook for 1 whistle, and allow the pressure to go and remove the lid from the cooker.
Carrot before and after cooking

Add chopped dates, reduce the flame and cook for few more minutes until the dates becom soft and excess moisture gets evaporated.
 Chopped dates added to the carrot mixture

Remove from the flame. Sprinkle with grated cashew nuts, almonds and pistachios. Carrot Halwa is ready to serve.
Carrot halwa

Note: You can substitute dates with jaggery or sugar as per your choice.

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