Recipes from Masterchef Moms

Published: 15th March 2013 08:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th March 2013 08:13 AM   |  A+A-

Food can perhaps be the best medicine many a time. Be it a horrible day at work or just some low phase, just the thought of your favourite food will for sure lighten your spirits. And if your mom is cooking it, one cannot ask for anything better. But, away from home, you will have to put in all the effort and if not cook the exact same dish, atleast recreate it to an extent. City Express brings to its readers, a series of recipes from “Masterchef Moms” to make every day memorable.

Gajar Ka Halwa

This dish can perhaps be tagged as every Indian’s favourite dessert. Gajar (Carrot) Ka Halwa also known as Gajrala is essentially a traditional Punjabi dessert, but loved by people across the country. Here’s a more easier way to cook your own cup of the lip-smacking dish


2 cups shredded carrots (pealed and  grated)

2 cups milk

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder

6 chopped roasted cashew nuts,

almonds, raising and pistachios

(To garnish)


Roast the nuts in ghee or butter and set aside for garnishing.

Boil the milk on medium-high heat in a non-stick pan until it is reduced to about to 1 cup. Stir often to ensure the milk does not burn in the bottom of the pan. Set aside. Melt the butter in a frying pan on medium heat. Add the shredded carrots and stir-fry for about seven to eight minutes. Carrots should be tender and slightly changed in color.

Add the milk and cook until the milk dries. This will take about eight to ten minutes. Next add the sugar, and cardamom powder and stir-fry for another three to four minutes until the halwa starts to leave the side of frying pan. Garnish with roasted nuts.


Gajar Halwa can be refrigerated for up to one week and kept in the freezer for up to two months. When ready to serve just warm.


Cook the halwa a little more and pour on a greased plate. Spread the halwa until it is flat and 3/4 inch thick. After the halwa cools, cut in squares. Garnish with cashew nuts or sliced almonds.

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