Gajar ka halwa (carrot halwa)
Gajar ka halwa needs no introduction as Indian dessert. It is probably one recipe which is cooked in same way across India. The main ingredient is Gajar (carrots), which is grated and then it is cooked in milk. Adding condensed milk, cardamom powder and nuts enhance the flavour. Though the colour of gajar ka halwa may differ. For example in Northern India like Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and punjab, the colour of carrot is purple and not bright red like you find in Bengal so the colour of Gajar halwa will be blackish in northern part of India.....sometimes artificial red colour is added to make it look appetizing. It is a high calorie recipe but it combines the goodness of carrots and milk. It can be preserved for about 15 days in airtight containers. It is recommended to serve hot.