Carrots in dessert? Say what? I know, I know, it seems like such a contradiction to make a dessert out of a vegetable, but it works! Carrots are naturally sweet and have a tendency to soak up liquids, which is perfect for making halwas. This version of carrot halwa is easy to make and inexpensive without compromising quality or taste. We’re substituting condensed milk in place of evaporated milk powder, which can be expensive. Condensed milk is easily available and imparts a similar flavour, but with a smoother, creamier texture. This version was inspired by the recipe in Marie Claire Spice.
This is definitely one of my favourite desserts, but watch out: it’s addictive as all hell. Let’s get started.
Carrot Halwa – Recipe
- 5 -6 large carrots, grated and patted dry
- 3 cups milk
- ¼ tsp. ground cardamom
- ¼ – ¾ tin sweetened condensed milk, depending on how sweet you want it
- 1 Tsp. ghee (substitute with butter if you do not have)
- 1 Tbsp. almonds, crushed
- 2 Tbsp. pistachios, crushed
- 6 scoops vanilla ice cream (substitute with frozen yogurt if you prefer), optional
- Heat a deep, heavy bottom non-stick pan on medium, add milk and ground cardamom and bring to a simmer.
- Add grated carrots and stir to combine. Turn heat to medium-low and cook until milk has reduced almost completely and carrots are soft.
- Add condensed milk, stir to combine well and continue to cook until milk has reduced completely. Taste test for sweetness and add more condensed milk if not sweet enough.
- Turn up heat to medium-high and sauté until condensed milk has fully cooked and halwa is smooth, creamy and well combined. Turn off heat, cover and keep aside.
- Heat a small, non-stick pan on medium-high. Add ghee, almonds and pistachios and toast until nuts are no longer raw, 3 – 5 minutes. Turn off heat and set aside.
To serve, scoop 6 equal portions of carrot halwa into dessert bowls or martini glasses, top with toasted nuts and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The combination of warm, sweet carrot halwa, the crunch of toasted nuts and cut with cold, mild vanilla ice cream tastes so incredibly amazing. It’s so addictive, so luscious and so rich that you’ll want to lick your bowl clean.