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Thursday, August 24, 2006

More Indian Recipes per request

Here you go Nancy!

Gajar Halwa - Carrot dessert made with milk and sugar
Recipe by Cuisine Cuisine

1 pound or 6 medium Carrots, scrapped and grated
4 cups Milk, whole or 2%
3/4 th cup Heavy cream
3/4th cup Sugar
6 tablespoons Almonds, ground
1/2 teaspoon Cardamom powder
3 tablespoons Pistachio nuts, coarsely crushed
3 tablespoons Ghee (clarified butter), (optional )

1. Put the grated carrots, milk and heavy cream into a deep, large, heavy saucepan. Bring it to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to moderate and cook, stirring constantly until the mixture has reduced to about half its original volume and is thick enough to coat a spoon heavily.

2. Stir in the sugar and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add the almonds and the ghee and stir for a few minutes more.

3. The "halwa "is done when the mixture is thick enough to draw from the sides and bottom of the pan in a solid mass.

4. Remove the pan and stir in the cardamom. Remove the "halwa "into a decorative serving dish.

5. Decorate the top with the crushed pistachio nuts. Serve warm or at room temperature.

In India, it is very popular to serve warm "gajar halwa" with vanilla ice cream.

Saag Paneer

Recipe By : Shiva Indian Restaurant - Houston, Texas
Serving Size : 4

1 Lg Onion
6 Cloves garlic
1 Oz Fresh ginger
1 Lb Frozen spinach, thawed
1 C Plain yogurt
4 Oz Buttermilk
2 Ts Red chili powder
2 Ts Garam masala
1 C Half and half
6 Oz Paneer, cubed
Salt to taste

Grind the onion, garlic, and ginger into a fine paste. In a medium
saucepan, combine the paste, spinach, yogurt, buttermilk, chili
powder, and garam masala. Simmer at medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes.
Mash the ingredients with a potato masher. Add the half and half. Simmer
until the mixture has a creamy consistency, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the
cheese, simmer 5 minutes. Season with salt. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Sharon's Notes: I didn't bother to grind the onion, garlic & ginger
into a paste. I sauteed them in a little oil before adding the spinach,
etc. I also browned the paneer cubes in a little oil. I substituted
whole milk for the half & half.


  1. These sound great!

    I've passed your link on to some friends that are big into both Indian Cuisine and cooking!

    This will be a good site for them!

  2. I am a big fan of carrot halwa. Well, I guess lentil halwa is the most delicious. After a few days, there will be a religious celebration and in it, all the (Muslim) families cook halwa and distribute to the poor people and to their neighbors and relatives. Normally, we cook 3-4 kind of halwas.

  3. This post just made me extremely hungry! I particularly love Palak Paneer.

    I would love to be able to make something like this myself. Where do you get the paneer cubes?

  4. Thanks Gooch. I really appreciate it.

    Hmmm, I haven't tried lentil hawa Razib. That will be next on the list. Thanks.

    Marilyn, You can buy Paneer or Cottage Cheese from any Indian Sweet Shops or Indian Grocery Stores. Better still, you can make it at home using the recipe I'm going to post next. Enjoy!

    Thanks all for stopping in and leaving your comments/requests, etc. Until next time ... byeeee

  5. This sounds very yummy! And very exotic. I'm pretty sure I don't have any Ghee in my cupboard though;)

  6. Thanks Kelly. It's a good thing you don't have it in your cupboard because it belongs in the fridge. It's clarified butter. (I added that after you left this comment - thanks) :-)