People often ask me this question, “How to make Red Carrots Halwa a tad healthy?”. And, I love to answer this question. Yes, there are certain ways by which you can make this Indian dessert nutritious and healthy.
Red Carrots Halwa is a great delicacy. One of the reasons I eagerly await winters, even though I am not fond of this season, is for the sight of beautiful and gorgeous red carrots.
Their sweet, juicy, and nutritious characteristics open a plethora of options for me to use them in my healthy lifestyle. Their versatile nature makes them a must-to-have vegetable in my pantry, and you will see a bunch of red carrots in my refrigerator all the time.
I use them in soups, vegetables, and desserts such as:
1) I make Fenugreek leaves and red carrots dry curry and love to have it with daal. I use a very simple tempering process consisting of Asafoetida (Hing), Fenugreek Seeds, Coriander Seeds, Fresh Ginger and Green Chillies.
If there are any leftovers, I mash them and use it as a filling in my parantha next morning. Heaven!!! (Parantha link)
2) I use red carrots in tomato soup for a wonderful consistency and taste.
3) Of course, Red Carrots Halwa. Believe me, I make this Indian Dessert after every 10 days.
Red carrots are seasonal and this is another best part about them. Seasonal vegetables offer numerous health benefits; hence, we must consume them as much as possible.
In this post, I won’t be sharing any recipe as you can easily find it on “No-Brain” tool “Google”. The entire post is primarily focused on how I bring nutrition in my healthy lifestyle via this great Indian delicacy.
The simple solution to a healthier Red Carrots Halwa is – The ingredients and their quality.
The ingredients can make or break a dish; hence, along with the method, the quality of ingredients play a crucial role in a brilliant final output.
1) Desi Ghee
I cannot imagine Red Carrots Halwa without a dollop of Desi Ghee; it is the most important ingredient for me. Firstly, I cook carrots in Desi Ghee for 10-15 minutes and then add milk for the carrots to cook completely.
If you have been following my articles, this will sound hackneyed to you that “Pure ghee is nutritious and we must include it in our healthy lifestyle”. People who ditch this wonder food, due to the misunderstanding of losing weight, deprive their body of proper nutrition. Food is an investment; you reap most of its benefits at a later stage. While we are young, our bodies can handle most of the bad things, but once we hit forty, reality hits us and the bumpy road begins.
I do not buy things just like that. Most of the times, I do a thorough research before I invest in an important ingredient. Ergo, I buy Cow Desi Ghee from a local place where they provide pure home-made ghee without any processing. I understand it is difficult to find such places most of the times; hence, the best way is to make it at home. But, again, time constraints. Correct? However, even if you buy ghee from a grocery store, do a thorough research and find out a brand which does not support much processing.
2) Organic Jaggery instead of refined sugar
You knew this was coming :-). Yes, I always use organic jaggery while making this dessert, and believe me, it turns out wonderful. Actually, much better than refined sugar.
Jaggery brings its wonderful flavor and is another wholesome ingredient in my healthy lifestyle. I prefer normal powdered Jaggery instead of palm jaggery which has a very distinct taste.
Refined Sugar is poison; that is what I believe in. Hence, I replace it with jaggery in most of the Indian Desserts. Such as: Sooji (Semolina) Halwa turns out brilliant with jaggery. However, I always remember this rule – Your Added Sugar intake (Whether natural or refined) should not exceed 6-9 teaspoons in a day (this excludes the sugar in fruits). So people, moderation is the key 🙂
Another important ingredient that goes in Carrot Halwa is Milk. I would like to specify that I do not use Khoya in this Dessert due to the risk of adulteration; hence, I prefer making it in pure milk.
As I am a vegetarian, milk is another important part of my healthy lifestyle. However, there are times when my husband and I consider becoming a vegan due to the unnecessary cruelty on cows by cattle breeders to increase the milk volume. Anyways, that’s a separate discussion altogether, and I will be talking about it soon.
I prefer cow’s milk as compared to buffalo’s milk as the former is a tad light with less fat and cream. Also, I find cow’s milk tastier as compared to its counterpart. Again, milk is an important commodity; hence, we buy it from a very specific place which promises no adulteration (Actually, my husband and I went to their farm and did our due diligence in understanding their entire process where the milk is straightaway packed after milking it from the cows.)
4) Fresh Red Carrots
Use fresh and dark red carrots for making this dish; they should not be light yellow. The more fresh and red they are, the more juicy and rich the dessert will be.
5) Roasted Nuts
Everybody have different preferences. For instance, lot of people prefer pistachios in this dessert; however, I go with roasted cashew nuts and raisins. I roast them in half a teaspoon of ghee in a separate pan and add them at the end, when the dessert is ready.
Cashew nuts are healthy and whoever told you to ditch them due to their high fat content and switch to almonds, ask them to get their knowledge checked. Almonds are American whereas cashew nuts are Indian; they are grown locally. And one simple rule of healthy lifestyle is – Eat your local food and give it the utmost priority as compared to the imported goods.
So, now tell me, are any of the above ingredients unhealthy?
Every single ingredient provides nutrition in a certain way. Actually, sometimes, I eat Red Carrots Halwa as a healthy snack in the evening with milk rather than consuming it as a dessert. It is delicious, wholesome, and keep me full till dinner time.
But remember, moderation is the key………
Please do not forget this simple rule. If something is healthy, it does not mean you can have it in huge quantities or 4-5 times in a day. Red Carrots Halwa is rich in fat due to ghee, milk and nuts, but good fats; hence, maintain the harmony and do not over-do it.