Made with grated carrots, desi ghee, and dry fruits, gajar ka halwa is one of the most iconic sweet dishes of India. The dish also has the power of uniting people and communities, with a recent video demonstrating the making of a whopping 100 kg of the halwa going viral.
Gajar ka halwa, also known as gajrela and gajar pak, is savoured by millions across the country. This dish assumes special significance during the winter, being made of rich and seasonal ingredients that generate warmth within one’s body. In addition to carrots, these ingredients include milk, ghee, and a variety of dry fruits. Gajar ka halwa is also relatively easy to make at home as most of its ingredients are readily available. Red carrots, known for their sweet taste, are also abundant during the winter, and used across a variety of culinary applications.
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A video uploaded on the YouTube channel Veg Village Food, which boasts of over 5 million subscribers, demonstrates how gajar ka halwa can be cooked in bulk. Uploaded a week ago, the video has already racked up 286,000 views and hundreds of comments. The video takes place in an outdoor village setting, and an elderly matriarchal figure is shown guiding three young men, directing them on how to prepare the halwa. At the beginning of the video, a large quantity of fresh carrots, enough to make 100 kg of halwa, are assembled and finely grated.
Subsequently, desi ghee is introduced in a massive pan filled with oil over a fire. The grated carrots are added to the ghee and mixed thoroughly. Next, milk and sugar are added to the ghee-carrot blend, and again, the resulting concoction is mixed thoroughly. Then, freshly made mava is combined with the mixture, which is followed by various dry fruits, including cashews, raisins, almonds, and peanuts. Some of the ready halwa, which has now assumed a pudding-like structure and consistency, is served in a plate and relished by the three young men who made the dish.
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Generous helpings of the halwa are also served to the children of the village, ending the video on a sweet note. The aspects of family and community highlighted in the video seem to have won viewers over. Several comments are appreciative of what appears to be a family cooking the halwa together for their entire village. Commenters have also heaped praise on the simplicity of the recipe and its delicious and scrumptious appearance. You, too, can take inspiration from the home chefs in the video and try to make this delicious winter special recipe with your loved ones!