Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Diwali-with a deliciously rich Carrot-Dates-Cashew Kheer!

Wishing all my readers a very happy Diwali-May "the festival of lights" light up your life and bring much needed joy and positive energy to the whole world!

There are so many different sweets that are traditionally made for Diwali. One of the more commonplace ingredients is carrots-this is made into halwa and and burfi and kheer and whatnot....My recipe here is one my mom gave me a few years ago and which is always slurped up and finished in no time whenever I make it...Here's the recipe, which can be made in no time!

  1. Carrots-2 cups, grated
  2. Dates-8 nos., seedless
  3. Cashewnuts-100 g
  4. Milk-4 cups
  5. Sugar-1/2 cup
  6. Condensed milk-400 g (1 tin)
  7. Cardamom powder-1 teaspoon
  8. Ghee-2 tablespoons
  9. Cashewnuts and raisins-1 tablespoon each, fried in ghee, for garnishing.

  • Soak the cashewnuts in 1 cup milk.
  • In a heavy bottomed pan, pour the ghee and when it heats up, add the carrots.
  • Stir, on low heat, until the carrot changes color and becomes soft (about 5 minutes).
  • Transfer to a plate to let it cool.
  • Transfer the carrots to a blender, adding the cashewnuts (with the milk) and the dates. Add 1 more cup of milk and blend till it becomes a smooth paste.
  • In the heavy bottomed pan, pour the remaining 2 cups of milk and add the sugar. Let it come to a boil.
  • Now add the ground paste and bring to the boil again.
  • When it thickens, add the cardamom powder and condensed milk.
  • Simmer for 1 more minute and remove from heat.
  • Decorate with fried nuts.
  • Best served chilled.
Linking this special dish to the following wonderful Diwali events at some lovely yummy blogs:
                                                              Khushi's A Girl's Diary
                                                                 Anu's Healthy Kitchen

For other sweets that you could make for Diwali, see this post-Diwali Sweets Roundup
To download a FREE Diwali Sweets E-book compiled by Indus Ladies featuring recipes from bloggers all over (including yours truly), go here-Free Diwali Sweets E-Book