Carrot Or Gajar Sandesh

Carrot sandesh.
Carrot flavoured sweet with all the goodness of carrot, paneer or cottage cheese and evaporated/dried milk or khoya/mawa.

Sandesh (Bengali: সন্দেশ Shôndesh Hindi: संदेश) is a dessert, originating from the Bengal region in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent, created with milk and sugar. Some recipes of Sandesh call for the use of chhena or paneer(which is made by curdling the milk and separating the whey from it) instead of milk itself. Some people in the region of Dhaka call it pranahara (literally, heart ‘stealer’) which is a softer kind of sandesh, made with mawa and the essence of curd.

Source – Wikipedia

One more recipe to celebrate world carrot day. I have already shared delicious Gluten free cornmeal carrot cake.

You can get some more carrot recipe links in the above post.

Carrots are often thought of as the ultimate health food. Generations of parents have told their children: “Eat your carrots, they are good for you,” or “Carrots will help you see in the dark.”
Carrots contain vitamin A, antioxidants, and other nutrients. Evidence suggests that eating more antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, can help reduce the risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Carrots are also rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
To read more about carrot click here.

Here is a delicious sweet Carrot sandesh. Already shared different flavoured sandesh on this blog.

1. Sugar free date sandesh

2. Sugar free pineapple sandesh

3. Coconut sandesh with date palm jaggery or khajur gur

4. Chocolate sandesh

5. Coconut pomegranate sandesh

6. Paan sandesh or betel leaf sandesh

7. Steamed sandesh with date palm jaggery

8. Mango steamed sandesh

9. Watermelon sandesh

10. Cake sandesh

11. Chocolate coconut sandesh

12. Kesar pista sandesh

13. Mango sandesh

14. Sandesh

15. Steamed sandesh

16. Chocolate stuffed chocolate sandesh

Today I have noticed that I didn’t share carrot flavoured sandesh yet. And its Word Carrot Day today. So after carrot cake here is a delicious carrot flavoured sweet carrot sandesh or gajar sandesh or gajorer sondesh.

Very easy to make and delicious. I have paneer or cottage cheese and khoya/mawa or dried milk ready so quickly made it and everyone enjoyed the heavenly taste.
I have used only 1 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter but if you like you can use 1- 2 teaspoon more ghee or unsalted butter.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup crumbled

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 3/4 cup

Grated carrot – 1 cup

Milk – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon

Ghee/clarified butter or unsalted butter – 1 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Grind the grated carrot. Don’t add water. We don’t want smooth paste, just grind to make coarse paste.

2. Blend paneer or cottage cheese, khoya/mawa or dried milk and sugar in your mixer grinder or blender to make smooth. I have used homemade soft paneer. Get the method of making paneer and khoya here.

3. Heat ghee or unsalted butter in a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. I have used only 1 teaspoon but if you want you can use 1 – 2 teaspoon more.

4. Add ground carrot and fry for a minute. Add milk and let it boil.
Reduce the heat and cook on simmer. Keep stirring.

5. When the carrot will be about to dried up add 1 tablespoon sugar. Mix and cook till dried up completely.

6. Add blended paneer, khoya and sugar mixture.

7. Mix and cook on low medium heat. Stir continuously to avoid sticking at the bottom.

8. When the mixture dried up and becomes like a dough, remove from heat.

9. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

10. Transfer the mixture in a plate and let it cool down.

11. Knead the mixture well to make it smooth.

12. Make small balls. I have made 20 balls.

13. Shape the balls with a mould. I have used this mould.

14. But if you don’t have mould then you can spread the mixture in a greased plate. Let it set for 15 – 30 minutes. Cut in your desired shape.

15. Serve in room temperature or keep in refrigerator and serve chilled. You can store it in refrigerator for 6 – 7 days.
Enjoy the heavenly taste.

Note
If you want more carrot flavour add 2 cup grated carrot. Also increase the amount of ghee or unsalted butter.

 

Check out some more carrot recipes shared by my fellow bloggers

Carrot soup by Naina

Carrot cake by Shobha

Carrot orange granita by Archana

Carrot tagine by Melanie

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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 – 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
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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 😊

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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