I am on vacation in chilly Amritsar. So to bring some warmth, and start the new year on a sweet note, here's the ultimate carrot dessert - my mom's gajar halwa.
Wash, peel and grate one kg. carrots. In a deep, thick-bottomed pan, mix the carrots with 1/2 litre milk. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the milk has all evaporated leaving you with soft, mushy carrots. This should take around an hour. Add 2 tbsp ghee and stir fry until it is all absorbed. Now add 3 tbsp sugar and stir-fry the carrots for 5-10 minutes. Mix in flaked almonds, raisins and chopped cashewnuts. Indulge.
Have a great 2010, everyone!