Monday, June 21, 2010

Carrot and Orange Halwa

Tried and tasted by Nivedita 
Hi All,
I think today we can celebrate "Halwa Day"!!! There are 5 recipes in FB from my blogger friends in one day!!! Here is mine too!!

Actually, I was thinking to do something different with carrot as I wanted to participate in PJ's on going event. Even though I have few recipes in my draft, they are usual ones and are spicy foods.I thought of making some sweet with Carrot and could not think anything else other than this Halwa. But Carrot halwa is a very common sweet. There are many methods to make a simple carrot halwa. And I thought of giving it a twist by adding Orange to it. 
First, I was not sure how it will come out!!! As I never cooked orange directly on heat! I started with little hesitation.
I thought of the ingredients : the normal things which we use for other halwas.
And here it is :
Carrot - 1 big
Washed, peeled, cubed and put into a blender to take the juice. Seive the juice and keep the pulp aside.My juicer is under repair, so these many steps I followed. You can make the juice using juicer.
Carrot pulp - which remained after the juice is sieved.
Orange - 1 big, Take out the juice.
Now measure the juices.
I got half cup juice from both.
Sugar - 1/4 cup or little more if Orange is sour. 
Ghee - 1 tsp
Crushed Almonds and cashew nuts - 1 tbsp
Cornflour - 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp as per the texture of halwa
Salt a pinch
Cinnamon powder - 1 tsp
ACTUALLY I WANTED TO USE ONLY JUICE AND MORE CORNFLOUR. BUT THEN I THOUGHT WHY TO WASTE THE CARROT PULP OR EXTRACT. May be next time I will try only with juice and cornflour and check.
Now, Mix both the juices and pour in a thick bottomed kadai on a heat. When it starts boiling add sugar and carrot extract. Stir and allow it to boil till it thickens. It may take 15 minutes. Now add cornflour and salt. Add cinnamon powder and Crushed dry fruits. Cook till it starts leaving its sides. Transfer it in to a greased plate and allow it set. 

                               
Carrot and Orange Halwa it ready to eat! Have it hot or chilled!!
Sending this to PJ's ongoing event "Vegetable Marathon"

                                                  
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Keep Smiling,

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