This recipe for Dairy-Free Gajar Halwa (Carrot Pudding) was created in partnership with Hamilton Beach Canada, as one of their brand ambassadors. All opinions, as always, are my own. I only write about and recommend products I use and love myself.
Diwali came and went by in a blur this year. A nice quiet meal, family time together, and lots of love and laughter were all we needed to bring in the festival of lights. And sweets of course. Loads and loads of sweets. After all, what is Diwali if not for the sweets? This recipe I’m sharing with you today is a surprisingly quick version of the traditional Gajar Halwa, made completely dairy-free. It’s delicious and you’ll barely be able to taste the difference.
While traditionally, people tend to make the classic Indian desserts loaded with ghee, milk and dried fruits, I for one, never cared for them. I find them cloyingly sweet for my taste and often just give them a pass after a bite or two. This year, however, I wanted to try something different. So I decided to make do with something unconventional. What can I say, fusion is definitely my thing and I love what a mix of cultures can bring to the table.
This Gajar Halwa recipe is completely dairy-free. It’s a delicious vegan version for the traditional recipe that often uses milk and ghee.
It’s fairly simple to make – much easier than the traditional version, and with the use of a food processor can surely be done at the drop of a hat. Try it, I promise you won’t regret it!
Here’s wishing all my readers a Very Happy and Prosperous Diwali! For more special Diwali recipes, please click here.
Dairy-Free Gajar Halwa (Carrot Pudding)
- 3 tbsp light cooking oil
- 4 cups grated carrots
- 3 tbsp sugar
- a pinch of cardamom seeds, finely powdered
- 1/2 cup powdered almonds
- a handful of sliced almonds, for garnish
- Heat oil in a non-stick pan and fry the grated carrots till it gives out all of its moisture, and starts to turn into a deeper colour. Be careful to stir often, so as not to let it burn.
- Add in sugar and powdered cardamom seeds, and fry for a few minutes till sugar melts, caramelizes and all moisture dries up.
- Add in powdered almonds and fry till blended well, stirring often.
- Toss in sliced almonds, and serve warm with a dollop of Vanilla ice cream.
If you’re looking for the classic dairy version of this recipe, then you will surely like my traditional Gajar ka Halwa.
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