October 29, 2010

Gajorer nonta halua (Salty carrot halwa)

It is one of my favorite vegetable preparations. When I was little I would set aside some of it for the end of the meal. And I do the same even now. My ma learnt it from one of her friend’s mother. And I am so very glad that she learnt. It is simple, and awesome. I can never have enough of this preparation. I love it also how it gives the rice a hint of orange hue when mixed with rice. During winters in Kolkata, ma often used to cook it for lunch. I bought some carrots from the fresh market and cooked it after a long time. And it was so deliciously delightful to indulge in it.

You can print the recipe for your kitchen here: PRINTABLE RECIPE

(Serves 2-3)

500g carrot
1 cup green peas
1sp nigella seeds
2tbsp ghee


1. Coarsely grate the carrots.
2. In a wok heat 1 and 1/2 tbsp ghee.
3. When ghee is heated, take the nigella seeds and rub on your palm and add in the wok.
4. As the aroma of the spice comes out, lower the heat to low-medium.
5. Add grated carrot and peas.
6. Stir for a couple of minutes on low heat and add salt.
7. Cover and let the carrot cook on low heat until tender with occasional gentle stirring.
8. When the carrot is tender, add a pinch of sugar.
9. Garnish with 1/2 tbsp of ghee.

Do not add any water; let the carrot cook on low heat in its own water.
Tastes best with rice.

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