Navratri Special Recipe: Cheery Orange Gajar Halwa Tart
Orange is the colour of courage, exuberance and cheerfulness. Its bright hue reminds us of the rising sun and the start of something new. As a celebration to many bright days in your life, here’s presenting the gajar halwa, but with a crunchy twist.
- 500 gms carrots, peeled and grated
- ½ litre milk
- 2 tablespoons malai (either collected from top of the milk or store bought)
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon ghee
- Salt to taste
- 1 cup maida
- 5 tablespoons butter, measured, cut into cubes and chilled (but should not be soft for a good tart texture)
- 2 ice cubes or 2 tablespoons of cold water
1. In a kadhai, bring the milk to a boil. Add the grated carrots and let it cook well.
2. Add the cream and stir.
3. Keep stirring every 5 minutes. Once the milk has evaporated, add sugar.
4. Stir every 2 minutes till all the liquid has dried up.
5. Now add ghee and keep stirring it continuously for a minute. Ghee will add taste and also improve the colour.
6. Take it off the stove. Let it cool
7. To make the tarts, add maida to a bowl. Put the measured butter into the bowl. Now, using only the fingertips, incorporate the butter in the flour.
8. The texture should resemble that of breadcrumbs.
9. Now add cold water or melted ice little by little to help form the dough.
10. Chill the dough in the freezer for 15 minutes. Now, use butter paper or cellophane paper, cover the dough and flatten it out using your fingers. User cutter on a small bowl and cut out roundels.
11. Place these in the muffin tray and let them take the shape of the grooves of the muffin tray.
12. Use the fork and poke holes into the roundels. This is done to avoid the tart from fluffing up too much
13. Bake them in a preheated oven at 180°C for 15 mins
14. Once the tarts are done, cool them and add gajar halwa liberally into each tart.
15. Serve them hot or at room temperature.
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