Winter is still eluding us ... but then ... "dil ko khush rakhne ko .... " ... I am making all the dishes / snacks that we usually enjoy in winter .... and keep imagining it is cold outside while we dig into that paratha or sip that flavoured milk/tea.
The fog in the early mornings and evenings does assist us in our imagination ... and for a while I would love to forget that it is more of smog.
Got some fresh, juicy carrots of the season. And after a round of carrot pulao, carrot poha and carrot upma each ... not to mention the salads, I made the first Gajar Ka Halwa of the season.
My version is again easy and healthy. I always prefer the Bengalis' way of adding ghee to a dish after it has been cooked. Just a little on the top gives the required flavour and saves us from using huge amounts that is needed if cooked in.
Need : Grated carrots, sugar, a little ghee, half a pinch of salt, milk and elaichi powder.
How to : Heat a heavy bottomed non stick pan / kadhai. Add the grated carrots and fry for a little while.
When the carrots turn a bright orange, add a little salt and keep frying till all the released water has dried up.
Now add milk and let it cook on its own ... yes ... if you are using a non stick vessel you won't even need to stir it.
After it starts to thicken add sugar and elaichi powder and cook till done.
Spread a little ghee on the top and cover and let it stand for a while. You can garnish it with dry fruits too.