Today is VeganMofo day 13 and also Freaky Friday! So I though I’d get freaky in the kitchen by using an ingredient that I know nothing about and have never used before. Cardamom. The only thing I have ever eaten that I know of that had cardamom in it was Carrot Halwa. I don’t even know if I used the right kind, green or black, crushed or pods. But I can tell you my recipe came out delicious so I guess it doesn’t matter. I’m also surprised to find out it has so many health benefits!
Carrot Halwa is a traditional Punjabi dish made with carrots, milk and ghee. It’s a sweet dessert like pudding and I Love it! If you make your own juices at home this is a great way to use up carrot pulp, I hate wasting it and this recipe is perfect for repurposing it.
I have craved the Carrot Halwa from Bombay Spice, one of my favorite Vegan restaurants in Phoenix, ever since I left Arizona almost 2 years ago. I decided to experiment based on what I remember the taste and texture to be like and this is what I came up with. I made it with Almond Milk but had intended to use Coconut Milk (from the can) instead had I not forgotten it when I went to the store. I’m pleased with my results, however, I feel next time using the coconut milk will give me a better version of the taste and texture that I was looking for.
Carrot Halwa, serves 6
- 2 cups Carrot Pulp, or finely grated carrot
- 2 cups Coconut Milk, canned
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 1/2 tsp. powdered Cardamom
- 1 TBSP Earth Balance Buttery Spread
- 1 TBSP Coconut Oil
- 1 TBSP ground Pistachios, plus a bit more for garnishing
- Add carrot pulp and milk to a sauce pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
- Stir in Sugar, Butter, Oil and Cardamom.
- Continue to cook and stir until all liquid is reduced, about 15 more minutes or so.
- Once all liquid is absorbed allow to cool.
- Stir in Pistachios and transfer to a covered dish and refrigerate until completely chilled.
- Serve with an Ice Cream Scoop and garnish with ground pistachios.
- May be eaten warm or cold. I prefer it cold.