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Video:Gajrela

with Mala Desai

Also known as carrot delight, gajrela is a tasty blend of carrots, spices, and heavy cream. This sweet dessert hails from the Punjab region of India.See Transcript

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Transcript:Gajrela

Hello, my name is Mala Desai for About.com Food. Today I will be making gajrela, or carrot delight. This is a specialty from the Punjab region of India.

Gajrela Ingredients

To make this dish, you will need:
  • 1 pound carrots, finely grated
  • 3 cups 2 percent milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)
  • 1 cup sugar (raw sugar is preferred)
  • 1-inch cinnamon stick that can be removed later
  • a few cloves
  • a few crushed cardamon seeds
  • 2 tablespoons raisins

Combine the Gajrela Ingredients

Place the grated carrots in a cooking vessel with a very heavy bottom. Add milk, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamon.

Cook on high and then low heat, stirring regularly until the milk has almost completely dried up. This will take quite a while. If you rush the process, it will not taste the same.

Add Sugar to the Gajrela Mixture

Add the sugar and cream and continue stirring. Once the sugar has dissolved, stir constantly. The mixture must not stick to the bottom of the pot at any point during cooking.

Serve the Gajrela

The gajrela is ready when milk has completely dried and carrots leave the sides of the cooking vessel.

Decorate with ground almonds, cashews, pistachios, and walnuts and serve while hot. Heavy cream can be served on the side instead of adding during the cooking.

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