Gajar Halwa, Gulab Jamun And Kheer: How To Make These Classic Winter Desserts Without Khoya

We Indians are always trying to find a reason to indulge in desserts. And luckily the reasons aren’t scarce. From the bunch of festivals around the year to weddings and parties, one can’t just have enough occasions to indulge in some sweet delights. 

However, with the onset of the pandemic, the desire to savour sweets and desserts on special occasions came to a halt and most of us tried to make our favourite desserts at home. However, another problem that came hurtling towards us was the unavailability of ingredients in the market. And as Khoya is ubiquitous to most Indian sweets for flavour and texture, most of us resolved to find its substitutes. Are you also resisting your cravings for having some delicious sweet treats just because of the unavailability of Khoya? Here are some substitutes for it to make some of India’s most favourite desserts.   

1. Gajar Halwa

Making Gajar Ka Halwa without Khoya will help you cut some extra calories and save time without compromising on the taste. Remember to grate the carrots thick for a similar texture. Don’t compromise on the amount of ghee and milk. You can add more milk to pack in the milky flavour in the halwa and simmer the carrots with milk. Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself and we are sure it will leave you gobsmacked. 

2. Gulab Jamun 

Have you come across any video on social media which shows the process of making Gulab Jamun with milk powder but didn’t believe it to be good? We swear by the recipe and we suggest you must try it at home. Substitute khoya with milk powder and knead a soft dough to make Gulab Jamuns out of it. Add maida, milk powder, baking powder, ghee and milk to make a dough. Deep-fry the dough balls and soak them in sugar syrup and you are good to go. We are sure you are going to love them. 

3. Kheer 

Do you doubt the consistency of kheer without khoya and condensed milk? Increase the quantity of milk and simmer it down with rice. Make sure you use full-fat milk for a thick and creamy texture.

Now that you know how to make your favourite winter desserts without Khoya, the unavailability of Khoya shouldn’t stop you from enjoying them.