Sugar Free Low Calorie Gajar Halwa / Diet Gajar Halwa

Sugar free gajar halwa or diet gajar halwa or low calorie halwa.
Winter means season of gajar ka halwa or carrot pudding. In India gajar ka halwa is a famous and most popular dessert during winter.

Normally gajar ka halwa made with full cream milk, lots of ghee or clarified butter, khoya or dried milk and fry fruits. Grated carrots cooked with full cream milk till dried up. Then cooked again with lots of ghee and khoya. Yes this halwa must be mouthwatering. But what about diabetic and diet conscious people?
So here is a gajar halwa recipe for diet conscious people.

Its made with toned milk and sweetened with dates and raisins. I have added khoya or dried milk in it which is also made of toned milk. Get the homemade khoya recipe here.

I have used only 1/2 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter for flavour. You can omit it or add more ghee for taste. Choice is yours.

Dates are small and sweet fruits and have a surprisingly low glycemic index. Studies have been done to determine the effects of consuming dates on blood sugar levels. They concluded that eating dates does not cause a spike in the blood glucose levels.

In fact, they are extremely healthy โ€“ packed with an array of vital nutrients.
Apart from containing a high amount of fructose, they also contain an opulence of fiber and nutrients like vitamins A, K, and B-complex, iron, calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. The presence of these nutrients in dates helps prevent constipation, heart diseases, intestinal problems, anemia, and diarrhea, among other conditions
Source

Enjoy this winter delicacy but diabetic patients should eat once in a day. Its necessary to eat a balanced diet and just moderate your intake.
You have to make it in a similar way of normal gajar halwa. Just replace sugar with dates and raisins. And use low fat or toned milk to make it. Believe me taste is too good just like with sugar gajar halwa. And its low calorie. So enjoy this gajar halwa without any guilt.

Recipe

Gajar or carrot – 1/2 kg

Toned milk – 3 cup

Dates – 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoon, finely chopped

Raisins – 3 tablespoon

Dry roasted almonds – 2 tablespoon, sliced

Khoya or dried milk – 1/3 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon, optional

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Fried cashews and sliced almonds to garnish

Method

1. Wash, peel and grate the carrots. Clean and soak the raisins in little water.

2. Mix milk, chopped dates and grated carrots in a heavy bottom or nonstick pan or wok.

3. Cook till milk reduces to half. Stir occasionally.

4. Add raisins and cook till the halwa dried up.

5. Now add ghee, khoya or dried milk, and dry roasted and sliced almonds. Get the recipe of khoya here.
You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon or more ghee if you want. I have added only half teaspoon for flavour. Or you can skip ghee of you are on a restricted diet.

6. Fry the mixture well till dried up completely and colour changed. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

7. Garnish with almond slices and fried cashew nuts.

8. Serve hot or cold. Or keep in refrigerator for later. You can refrigerate it for 8 – 10 days.

Happy cooking. Be healthy be happy ๐Ÿ˜Š

Notes

1. You can use full cream milk if you like.

2. Add any dry fruits of your choice.

3. If you don’t have khoya or dried milk, skip it and increase the amount of milk.

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Date Walnut Fudge Or Barfi

Date walnut fudge or barfi.
One more sugar free sweet for you.
No artificial sweetener added. Sweetened with date.
You can make this yummy and guilt free sweet as a Diwali treat for your friends or guests.

Sending this post to A to Z challenge, a challenge initiated on Facebook Group, created by Jolly and Vidya.
Wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every alternate month. This month’s Alphabet is D. And my humble contribution is this delicious and healthy date walnut fudge or barfi.

 

 

You may like some more sugar free sweet recipes. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

1. Coconut raisin almond laddu

2. Sugar free mawa nariyal peda

3. Sugar free pineapple sandesh

4. Sugar free mango coconut laddu

5. Sugar free date sandesh

6. Sugar free sheer khurma

7. Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge

8. Sugar free carrot cake

Dates are not only delicious but they are also very nutritious. They are good source of various vitamins, calcium, minerals, fiber, antioxidants etc. And dates have the potential to help regulate blood sugar due to their low glycemic index.

I have used walnut in it.
Walnuts are round, single-seeded stone fruits that grow from the walnut tree. They are a good source of healthful fats, protein, and fiber. They may enhance heart and bone health and help in weight management, among other benefits.
The possible health benefits of walnuts may include boosting the cardiovascular system and bone health, reducing the risk of gallbladder disease, and treating epilepsy.
Read more about health benefits of walnut here.

These fudge are very easy to make. I have used only 3 ingredients to make it. And sprinkled little almond to garnish. I have used homemade khoya or dried milk/milk solid, you can also use store bought. If you are using store bought mawa or dried milk just grate before using.

Recipe

Khoya/mawa or dried milk/milk solid – 1 cup

Dates – 1/2 cup, chopped

Walnut – 1/3 cup, finely chopped

Shredded almond to garnish

Method

1. Grease a plate with oil or ghee/clarified butter or butter.

2. Soak the chopped dates in hot water. Add water just to soak dates. Don’t add much.

3. Let it cool down.
Mash the soaked dates with a spoon or hand.

4. Mix khoya/mawa or dried milk, soaked and mashed dates and chopped walnut.

5. Heat a nonstick pan or heavy bottom pan.

6. Add the mixture and cook on low flame till the mixture lightly change it’s colour and leaves the sides.

7. Remove from heat.
I didn’t add any flavour because I wanted to retain the aroma of dates but if you want you can add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder or rose water and mix well.

8. Transfer the mixture into the greased plate.

9. Spread and level with a spatula.

10. Sprinkle shredded almonds and press gently with the spatula.

11. Keep in refrigerator to set for 15 – 30 minutes.

12. Cut into your desired shape.

Enjoy the guilt free dessert on this festive season.

Note

If you want more sweetness then you can add little more soaked dates.

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Sugar Free Mango Coconut Laddu

Sugar free mango coconut laddu.
Another guilt free treat for you. Its sweetened with dates and mango. You will love the mixed flavors of dates, mango and coconut. Taste and flavour is heavenly so I didn’t add any flavour in it. If you like you can add little cardamom powder or any flavour of your choice.

Its mango season in India. This juicy delicious mango called king of fruits for its taste.
Not only taste mango has numerous health benefits.
1. Prevents Cancer. Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers.
2. Lowers Cholesterol. …
3. Clears the Skin. …
4.Improves Eye Health. …
5.Alkalizes the Whole Body. …
6.May Help with Diabetes. ..
7.Improves Digestion.
8.Helps Fight Heat Stroke
9. Boosts the Immune System
Mango fruit also has a relatively low glycemic index so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.
Source – TheGuardian

So date, coconut and mango not only makes these laddu delicious but healthy too. Its also a perfect treat for weight watchers.
You can get some more sugar free recipes here.

Sugar free date Sandesh

Sugar free sheer khurma

Coconut raisin almond laddu

Sugar free mawa nariyal peda

Sugar free pineapple Sandesh

Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge or barfi

Sugar free carrot cake

Recipe is very easy and simple. Make it and enjoy with your family and friends. Dates and mango gives enough sweetness so you don’t need to add any artificial sweetener. Enjoy the soft and yummy guilt free laddu.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese -3/4 cup

Khoya or dried milk – 3/4 cup

Mango – 1 cup, chopped

Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup

Date – 1/2 cup, chopped

Hot water – 3 tablespoon

Desiccated coconut for rolling

Method

1. Soak the dates in 3 tablespoon hot water for 15 – 20 minutes.

2. Blend the soaked dates in mixer grinder. Don’t discard the water, add it to grind easily.

3. Add chopped mango and desiccated coconut. Blend again into a smooth mixture.

4. Now add paneer or cottage cheese and khoya or dried milk. Blend again until smooth.

5. Taste the sweetness. If your mango is not enough sweet then you can add some more soaked dates.

6. Heat a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. Add the mixture and cook on low flame till it dried up completely. Stir continuously to avoid sticking at the bottom.

7. Remove from heat and let it cool down. Mash it with your hand to make smooth.

8. Make small round balls.

9. In a plate spread desiccated coconut. Roll the balls over it.

10. Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator for later.

Enjoy the heavenly taste of guilt free delicious laddu.
Happy cooking!!

Notes

1. If your mongo is not enough sweet then you can add some more soaked dates.

2. If you want you can add little cardamom powder.

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Sugar Free Sheer Khurma Or Vermicelli Pudding

Sugar free sheer khurma or vermicelli pudding.
Ramadan Mubarak to all my Muslim friends and readers.
May this Ramadan bring joy, health and wealth to you. May this festival brighten up you and your near and dear oneโ€™s lives.

Sheer khurma is a rich, creamy and aromatic dessert made of milk, fine vermicelli, dates, sugar and lots of dry fruits and flavoured with cardamom, rose water or essence and saffron.

Sheer stands for milk and khurma stands for dates in Persian language.
According to Wikipedia
Sheer khurma or Sheer khorma literally “milk with dates” in Persian, is a festival vermicelli pudding prepared by Muslims on Eid ul-Fitr and Eid al-Adha in Afghanistan, Indian subcontinent and parts of Central Asia. It is a traditional Muslim festive breakfast and a dessert for celebrations. This dish is made from dried dates.
This special dish is served on the morning of Eid day in the family after the Eid prayer as breakfast, and throughout the day to all the visiting guests. It is very popular throughout the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia.

You can get some more pudding or Kheer recipe here

Rasgulla kheer

Khajur gur kheer or date palm jaggery pudding

Chhena/paneer kheer or cottage cheese pudding

Rice kheer or pudding

Chakhao kheer

Our this week’s 148th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Eid special recipe.

My humble contribution is this sugar free sheer khurma.
I have made it without sugar or any artificial sweetener. Its naturally sweetened with dates and raisins. You can call it a guilt free treat. You will love it’s divine taste and aroma.
You can serve it hot or warm but I love it chilled. You can make it thick or thin as per your taste. I like it thick but if you want to make it thin just add little more milk to get your desired consistency.

Recipe

Milk – 4 cup + 1 tablespoon

Fine vermicelli – 1/2 cup, broken

Khoya or dried milk – 1/4 cup, optional

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Chopped Dates – 1/2 cup, tightly packed

Cashew nuts – 2 teaspoon, sliced

Almond – 2 tablespoon sliced

Pistachio – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Chironji or charoli – 1 tablespoon

Saffron – a pinch

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Rose water or essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Soak Saffron in 1 tablespoon hot milk.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Fry the raisins till puffed up and keep aside.

3. Now fry sliced cashew nuts, almond, pistachio and chironji or charoli. Fry till the dry fruits become light brown and keep aside. You can saute chopped dates too, I didn’t.

4. Add 1 tablespoon ghee in the same pan and fry the vermicelli on low heat. Stir continuously and fry till it becomes golden brown.
If you are using roasted vermicelli like me still fry them in ghee for a minute to get the flavour.

5. Heat the milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil simmer the flame. Simmer for 15 minutes.

6. Now add Crumbled khoya or dried milk and mix well. Add chopped dates, fried dry fruits, soaked Saffron and vermicelli.

7. Stir and cook until vermicelli becomes soft.

8. Switch off the heat. It will become thick when cool.

9. Add cardamom powder and rose water or essence. Mix well.

10. Garnish with fried cashews, pistachio, Saffron strands and date.
Serve warm or chilled.

Enjoy the delicious rich, creamy and aromatic sheer khurma or korma.

Notes

1. Sweetness is perfect for me but if you like more sweet you can add 1 – 2 tablespoon sugar in it.

2. If you like the consistency thin add some more milk at the end.

3. If you are using dried dates soak the dates overnight. Or boil with milk.

4. If you are on a restricted diet and don’t want to use ghee or clarified butter then you can fry the dry fruits in oil and add only one teaspoon ghee to fry the vermicelli for flavour and taste.

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