Gajar Ka Halwa is traditional Indian dessert especially made during winter months. This is also Known as gajrela in Punjab.
Gajar Ka Halwa recipe in the microwave is one of the quickest way to make this traditional Indian dessert.
In this recipe of gajar Ka Halwa, instead of using the traditional method of making the gajar Ka Halwa that involves hours of cooking and checking on gas stove I cooked gajar Ka Halwa in a microwave.
If you have previously checked my microwave recipes, you know that I am creating unique and delicious recipes using LG microwaves. If you have not checked them till now I would say check them now, microwave cooking is the convenient, super easy and non-messy way to cook food.
The other two recipes from this microwave Cooking series are Stuffed Tomatoes, tandoori gobhi, both these recipes are quick and delicious. I suggest you must try them if you want to simplify cooking and still want to eat tasty food.
I cooked the microwave gajar Ka Halwa by steaming the carrots in steam chef accessory that comes with LG charcoal microwave ovens. First I steamed the carrots in steam chef and then finished cooking gajar Ka halwa in Microwave safe bowl using the steamed carrots with other ingredients.
For cooking it, just Place steam chef with grated carrots in the microwave, choose gajar Ka Halwa from auto cook menu and enjoy a delicious bowl of Garma Garam Halwa in few minutes. Yes! It is that easy ?.
I used both condensed milk and khoya to cook gajar Halwa so that it comes moist and well cooked. I know some of you might be worried about bhuna taste of traditional gajar Ka Halwa that comes with traditional cooking. But, trust me this microwave recipe of Halwa comes quite close if not same. Looking at the ease of microwave cooking and that you can make it super quick and in non-messy way this one is my preferred choice of cooking.
Since red carrots are not in season right now, I used orange ones. If you are making it in winters which is red carrot season in India you can use those as well. The exact amount of ingredients is given below in the recipe.
Also, I served it in two different ways. One method of serving is delicious steaming hot bowl of gajar Ka Halwa that we eat during winters.
The other way I served this is as layered dessert for the festive occasion. Layers of gajar Ka Halwa alternating with whipped saffron cream looks really good. Taste wise also saffron cream and microwave gajar Ka Halwa creates an interesting contrast in terms of flavours and taste.
Since this is Diwali special recipe I used small champagne flute glasses to serve this as there is lot of other snacks/ food that are served. So if you are serving it as layered dessert the real servings would be around 16 and not 8 regular servings as written in the detailed recipe of microwave gajar Ka Halwa written below.e
- 300 g Carrots/ Gajar
- 5-6 Tbsp powdered sugar
- condensed milk
- Unsweetened khoya
- 1/4 tsp cardamom powder Elaichi
- 10-12 Saffron threads
- Raisins 15-20 pieces
- pistachio chopped for garnish
- almonds chopped for garnish
Peel and grate the carrots.
Now prepare the steam chef by adding water on multi cook tava attachment and place steamer mesh that comes with it.
Place the grated carrot over the mesh and cover it with special dome shaped lid that comes with LG microwave.
Now place this steam chef accessory in the microwave and from the auto cook menu select Gajar Ka halwa menu.
Select the weight and allow the carrots to steam till bean sound happens in microwave. (For this weight total time is about 18 minutes and beep happens around 10 minutes
This is where you pause the cooking and take out steam chef from the microwave.
Now take out the steamed carrots from steam chef in a big mixing bowl
Mash the steamed carrots with back of spoon and add ghee, grated khoya, condensed milk, cardamom powder, powered sugar and mix well till well combined.
Place this microwave safe bowl in the microwave oven and again resume rest of the cooking by pressing start button. This part mostly resembles the roasting of gajar ka halwa the way it is traditionally cooked.
After it is cooked mash the halwa, add chopped nuts and mix it.
Enjoy it hot or cold.
For making these interesting Carrot Halwa saffron frosting cups, I whipped the heavy cream with saffron soaked in about 1 teaspoon of water and 2-3 tbsp of powdered sugar till well defined soft peaks.
Scooped out cold halwa in small champagne glass and topped it with saffron frosting which i filled in an icing cone. If you don't have that you can simply scoop that with a spoon and top it.
Sprinkle finely chopped pistachio and almonds and serve it chilled.