Gajar halwa is a favorite at my place. Punjabis are known to make this sweet carrot pudding profusely during winters. Now the sweet has become widely popular all through India.
I love gajar halwa to the core, but since it includes good amount of sugar, I try to make small batches just to satiate my cravings for this winter delicacy. I tell you I can have this lip-smacking dessert at any time of the day.
It is that good. The gajar halwa that mom makes is above par. But I do try to avoid too much sugar and ghee, so keep experimenting with age-old recipes for a healthy twist.
I fail sometimes, but I do pass many a time.
This time I decided to give it carrot pudding a sweet twist - substituted sugar with jaggery powder (gur). Voila! Glad the gajar halwa still tastes awesome.
Why did I pick jaggery over sugar?
Jaggery is a better alternative to sugar, since it is slowly digested by the body compared to sugar, which is quickly absorbed and raises blood sugar levels instantly, causing blood sugar spike in the body.
I have tried replacing sugar in a few other dessert recipes and I am pretty happy with the results.
Here's my rasmalai experiment with jaggery.
Here's the healthy recipe of this light, no sugar gur gajar halwa:
2 pieces of gur (depends on your taste)
1 tsp - ghee (clarified butter)
1/4 cup - khoya (I used the material leftover after preparing ghee)
1/2 liter- milk (I used toned milk)
3-4 Cardamom (elaichi)
Nuts - almonds, raisins
|gur gajjar halwa|
- Grate carrots.
- Boil milk and then add powdered elaichi and carrots. (I made the gajar halwa yesterday as well and boiled carrots for 3 whistles...this time I decided to boil them directly in milk)
- Keep on low flame. Took more than an hour for the milk to dry up.
- Next, add khoya and ghee. Mix well. Let it cook on slow flame.
- Now add gur and mix very well. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until the gajjar halwa looks dry.
- Add/ garnish with nuts of your choice. I added almonds and raisins (kishmish).
- Enjoy this light and healthy recipe of carrot pudding on a cold winter morning or evening.
- Give this gajar halwa a try and it would be a frequent recipe in your kitchens during the winter season.