Lennie, I've made this so many times now - I've lost count and with great reviews. Thanks a bunch for a great Indian sweet - the measurements are perfect. Will be making it again to welcome the New Year!! :)
My mom makes this all the time, and it's fantastic! You can make it lighter by omitting some of the nuts, but that doesn't really do justice to the dish. Another variation is using sweetened condensed milk instead of the milk and sugar. This reduces the cooking time a tad. But the best carrot halwas are the ones made with milk and simmered forever! Hope you've tried this, Lennie... if you haven't, I insist you do right away! :)
Love this recipe with Cardamon. I find it takes much longer to cook than 40 minutes....so i used the crock pot, and substituted Agave syrup for my no sugar eaters. Turned out lovely for Divali party....
This came out nicely, but for a bit more authenticity you must add some ground cardamon for flavour (only about 1/2 teaspoon). It's in pretty much all indian desserts.