how to make this
and Deborah and Lalitha taught me January 1992 when we were visiting
Lalitha in Trenton, New Jersey. Lalitha grew up in Madras, India, and
this is a recipe she grew up making. It is pronounced hal-va.
It's sort of like a pudding and is very good.
Ingredients (sugar, cardamom, almonds, butter) may be adjusted
to taste. The original recipe is deliciously sweet and rich. The
original recipe amounts are given below, but, to make it a bit
healthier and less fattening, I usually use low-fat milk and less
sugar and butter. It is still quite good that way.
It is good served warm or cold. It keeps well in the refrigerator
several days and reheats nicely.
- Grate 2 lbs. carrots. (No need to peel.)
This should be about 5 packed cups of grated carrots.
(I've used a food processor to "grate" the carrots
and this worked well and saved a lot of work.)
- Mix grated carrots in large pot with approximately 4 cups whole milk
and 1 cup sugar. Start cooking on medium heat.
- While the above is starting to heat, peel whole cardamom seeds and
grind their contents to make about 1 tsp. of ground cardamom.
Or you can use pre-ground cardamom. It works fine. Not quite as
good but saves a lot of work. If using pre-ground cardamom,
I use about 2 tsp. unless it is really fresh and strong. Stir cardamom
into carrot mixture.
- After the mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat and cook uncovered,
stirring occasionally, for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Cook till the milk is
- You can add some raisins while it is cooking, toward the end.
(Optional but good.)
- After you remove from heat, stir in 3 tablespooons of
butter and about 1/3 cup sliced almonds.
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