Thursday, October 2, 2014

Carrot Halwa / Gajar Ka Halwa

Carrot Halwa / Gajar Ka Halwa

Vijayadashami  also known as Dasara and Navaratri and is celebrated all over India. Nava means Nine and Ratri means Nights. In puranas, it was written that Goddess Durga fought nine nights and ten days with Mahisahura and got victory. The victory of Goddess Durga over Mahisahura was celebrated as Vijayadashami or Dasara  Or Navaratri. In puranas, there is also another story about Dasara, the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. The main purpose behind this festival is to worship feminine principle of universe. In India, harvest season starts at this time and so Goddess Durga is worshiped to start the new harvest season.

Navaratri is nine day festival and 10th day will be celebrated ad Dasara. Nine days Goddess Durga will be decorated in nine avataras.

On First day, Goddess Durga will be decorated as Bala Tripura Sundari Devi. Bala means child and Bala Tripura Sundari devi is represented as young girl.

On second day, Goddess Durga will be decorated as Mahishasura Mardhini where Goddess Durga will have 10 arms carrying weapons and rides on lion.

On third day as Annapurna devi. Goddess Durga will not carry any weapons only in this avatara. She will carry a bowl of rice.

On fourth day as Kali mata, She is Shakti (power) and Kills the egos. Kali comes from kala which means time.This avataram tells no one can escape from time.

On fifth day as Raja Rajeswari, who will control every human beings mind.

On sixth day as Katyayini, who is worrier goddess and decorate's with red saree.

On seventh day as Lakshmi devi, is Lord Vishnu's wife and goddess of wealth and brings good luck.

On eight day as Saraswati Devi,is Lord Brahma's wife and goddess of knowledge and music and decorates with white saree.

On ninth day as Gayatri Devi, is goddess of  veda's and known as veda mata.

Happy Vijayadashami  to all....

Carrot Halwa / Gajar Ka Halwa

Carrot halwa/Gajar Ka Halwa is an North Indian desert, but also very famous in South India. This desert will be perfect for all festivals and special occasions. If I rate deserts I will give first place to carrot halwa. For this recipe, shredded carrot will be cooked in milk and sugar and garnished with cashews, raisins or almonds. While cooking the carrot in whole milk don't hurry the process as we cook on low flame for long time will add more flavor like adding khoya. Whole milk will give more taste but can also use skimmed milk.

  • Carrots - 1.5 pounds (approx 680 grams)
  • Whole Milk - 2 cup
  • Ghee - 6 tsp
  • Sugar - 1/2 cup (Adjust to taste)
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cashews and Raisins for garnishing
  • Peel, wash and grate the carrots.
  • Heat 2 tsp ghee in a pan and fry cashews and raisins and keep aside.
  • To the same pan add remaining ghee and fry shredded carrot for 5 minutes.
  • Now add milk and cook on medium heat until milk evaporates.
  • Add sugar and stir until sugar dissolves and cook until halwa leaves the edges.
  • Add cardamom powder, mix well and switch off the stove.
  • Garnish with cashews and raisins and serve.

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