Friday, February 29, 2008

Arusuvai Friendship Chain - Star Anise - Part 3

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Like all good stories this comes to an end too. I like to finish my ode to Star Anise with one statement ...and that too not original ...Taare Zameen Par !!!
Its been fun participating in the Arusuvai chain and cooking up new things. Unfortunately this last post cannot make it to Sunita's Think Spice event of the month. So after a great Appetizer and a spiced up main course (though their orders of posting was in the reverse), lets round up with a great dessert.
There has been a little addendum since I started with this Star Anise trilogy. I made a nice easy dessert to round up, by grilling bananas with Star Anise but as I waited to post all the three recipes, a new idea slowly started to take shape which culminated in the tasty Indian Dessert which well tasted good. At first I thought, the sweet and cardamom would overpower the star anise, but it did not happen, instead the marriage of cardamom and star anise produced a nice after taste which lingered on and made me want more.
The dessert in question here is the north Indian winter favorite called Gajjar Ka Halwa. I love the dessert and is my all-time favorite request whenever I visit my mom or she visits me. Over the Years my wife has taken to making it just perfectly, and I end up piling this request on her.

Gajjar Ka Halwa with Star Anise ( Carrot Halwa with a hint of Star Anise)


1 kg Carrots, the red ones
1 litre Milk
1 teaspoon Cardamom seeds
3/4 cup Water
3 tablespoons Ghee
2 tablespoons Raisins
2 tablespoons Almonds
2 tablespoons Powdered Star Anise
450 grams Sugar

Method: Pre-preparation
1. Wash and grate the carrots.
2. Soak the raisins in water for 30 minutes.
3. Shred the almonds.

1. Put the water to boil, add in the carrots the moment it starts boiling. Cook for 5 minutes.
2. Add the milk. Cook on a low flame for 1 hour stirring occasionally. Add sugar, mix well and cook till the sugar has dissolved and all the milk has been absorbed by the carrots.
3. Add ghee and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add the crushed cardamoms, shredded almonds, powdered star anise and the raisins. Mix well.
4. Remove the gajjar halwa from heat.
5. Serve cold, hot or at room temperature.


Nags said...

wow! three posts for arusuvai?? lovely!!

Bharathy said...

Wow!!!Gaurav! words to thank you...for all the support and interest you have showered on Arusuvai!!...

The recipe posts are a Real treat!!!

(Srivalli and myself are co-ordinating the arusuvai,linking the donors and the recipients as there are very few bloggers who reside in India who blog actively..)

Bharathy said...

Gaurav pls let us know(srivalli or me)as soon as you send over to that I can keep a track of the post on her blog!

KayKat said...

Delicious. I've never used star anise with gaajar ka halwa - great idea!

Mansi Desai said...

wow, anise in halwa would have pired great! especially with carrots! nice idea gaurav!:)

hope you can send in something for my WBB event this month:)

Jean@Yardworkerz said...

Wow! All your recipes are delicious!

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