Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!!
I know, traditionally, a chocolate cake or a similar thing goes well for a V-day and you must be thinking, I am celebrating this in quite a desi way but, I have lots of apprehensions for baking after I have spoilt a carrot cake and a plain vanilla cake recently. So, I decided for a carrot kheer. (kheer is a safe bet, isn’t it?) I had good amount of milk in fridge and some grated carrots handy. So utilized them to the fullest. And, after all, if you are planning to impress your spouse (or rather, make happy, now this sounds like an old couple, apt. for me) with culinary ways on V-day (rather on any day), it should go according to his taste, right? yeah. So a kheer (or custard or halwa) is a better option for me
Rice-kheer is just too festive and a regular sweet. So, I decided for carrot-kheer, a healthier and a newer version, which I read in a Hindi daily.
Time: 45 mins
Serves: 4-5 regular bowls
1 cup grated carrot
1.2 liters full cream milk (feel free to use skimmed milk)
4.5 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. ghee / clarified butter
handful of finely chopped mixed nuts like pista, cashews and almonds
1 tsp. cardamom powder
Boil the milk in a heavy bottom pan. Meanwhile, heat ghee in a pan/wok and add grated carrots to it. Roast for 4-5 minutes.
After the milk reduces to 2/3rd of its quantity, add the fried carrots and stir well. Keep stirring in between so that carrots do not stick to the pan. Add sugar after 5 minutes and mix well. Keep stirring in between. After 5 mins, add cardamom powder and switch off the flame. Add the dry fruits now to keep the crunch intact.
Serve you valentine and Relish!!
I did not reduce the milk a lot for the sake of nutrition. You can bravely do so.
The sugar was a bit on higher side. I completely forgot that carrots will impart their own sweetness to the kheer. (that is the reason of odd amount of sugar I mentioned– 4.5 Tbsp. )
I lightly fried the grated carrots in ghee to soften them for my daughter. You can skip this and maintain a crunch. Apparently, she has no issues with crunchy nuts . (Kids are also manipulative! at times)