Carrot Halva & Burfi 5, Microwave Version, With Sugar Free a And Skimmed Milk Powder
Gajar ka Halwa aur Barfi-Sugar Free & Low Fat
This is a quick and low fat, sugar free version of this very popular North Indian, seasonal, winter sweet dish. Carrots grow mainly in cold months in India and are very cheap then. There is no reason why you can’t make it any time of the year. Softening the carrots in a microwave oven makes this dish very fast.
This is of course not as rich tasting as the Halva made with full cream milk or Mawa/Khoa, the condensed milk solids. And sweetness from sugar free sweetener is different from the actual sugar.
1 kg. carrots, 800 gm. peeled weight
1 tbsp. ghee
1 cup skimmed or semi-skimmed milk Powder. You can increase amount, if you want it richer.
Sugar Free Sweetener to taste. I add a little at a time and adjust it to my taste. For me not too sweet is good.
1 heaped tsp. green cardamom powder (optional)
50 gm. chopped almonds + pistachio nuts (unsalted)
50 gm. raisins (optional)
A few strands of saffron soaked in 1 tbsp. warm water (optional)
Wash, peel and grate carrots. A food processor is good for this purpose.
Place carrots and fresh milk in a microwave steamer and a little water at the base, a couple of tablespoons.
Cook on full power for 6 minutes. Check and if not soft, another 2 minutes.
Heat ghee in the karahi/wok, add carrots and milk powder and cook on moderately high heat now, stirring frequently to stop it from sticking, until any surplus liquid has evaporated.
Add chopped nuts, saffron and cardamom powder. Stir these in.
Add sugar-free sweetener (I use something like Canderel) and stir it in. Stir fry until the whole mass comes off the wok surface without leaving any liquid behind. You may a little more ghee at this stage, if you want to get a shiny finish.
Allow to cool and transfer to a serving bowl. You can spread it out thickly on a tray and let it cool, then cut into squares and serve it as 'Carrot Burfi'.
Pack in an airtight container and keep in the fridge.
It is best served warm. Re-heat the amount required just before serving. This can be done in a frying pan or in a microwave for 1-2 minutes. Exact time and power will depend on the amount heated and the power of microwave oven used. One portion will roughly require 20 seconds on full heat.
Before serving, sprinkle remaining nuts on top for garnish