Sunday, March 6, 2011

Carrot Kheer (Sweet Carrot Drink with Milk and ground Cashews)

Bored of making pal payasam (rice kheer) and semiya payasam (vermicelli kheer)? Try Carrot kheer for a change and wow your guests! :) It makes a delicious dessert!

Thanks to Geetha chithi (husband's chithi/aunt) for the wonderful recipe. I love carrots and I love sweets :) If you're like me, you're sure to love this!

What You Need -

Carrots - 3 medium
Milk - 750 ml
Water - 1/2 litre
Cashewnuts - 10 to 12
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Sweetened Condensed milk (Milkmaid) - 2 tbsp (optional)
Sugar - 3 tbsp (if not using Condensed milk)

How To -

  • Peel the skin of carrots and cut them into big chunks.
  • Pressure-cook carrots, cashewnuts, half a litre milk with half a litre water, for atleast 2 whistles.
    • Alternatively, cook on a slow-cooker or in a sauce pan for about 45 minutes. 
  • Once cooled, drain the milk and save it aside in a bowl. 
  • Blend the cooked carrots & cashews (with very little milk) in a food processor to a smooth paste.
  • Take a pan, pour the milk, add this paste and add the remaining milk and bring to a boil. Keep on low/Sim flame for 10-12 minutes and let them all come together well.
  • Add cardamom powder and condensed milk for added flavor! 
  • Add sugar if you need. Carrots are sorta sweet by themselves and condensed milk is sweetened too. You might need 3-4 tbsp of sugar if you choose to skip condensed milk.

The final consistency should be frothy and like that of a milkshake.

You can enjoy it at room temperature or refrigerate and drink it cold. Just tastes heavenly! :)

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