Unusual Suspects! 

Gajar Halwa Ice Cream 

My Karma (a.k.a. Mithai wala), strikes again. Like any normal 6 year old, he looks at a bag of baby carrots sticking out of my grocery bag and says, “oh good, you’re making gajad ka halwa (fudge)”. I let him know that the correct word is “gajar” (carrots) and that I was thinking more on the lines of a salad. He let’s me know that unfortunately now I’ll just have to rethink. So rethink I did, and I ended up thinking outside of the kadhai! I mean anything tastes great with ice cream so I’m pretty sure it’ll taste a whole lot better as ice cream. (It does)

Ingredients (for Gajar Halwa Ice Cream) 

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, chilled 
  • 1/2 can sweetened condensed milk, 8 oz
  • 1 packed cup chilled Gajar Halwa* 

* Note For Gajar Halwa : you could use any family recipe for this, or store bought halwa. Full disclosure: I can’t ever manage to keep track of the exact measurements while making Indian sweets but here’s a rough outline of how I made mine. And halwa recipes are very “one size fits all” according to me so don’t worry about ruining it because in the end it always turns out fine. 

  • 1-2 tbsp ghee 
  • 1 medium size bag of baby carrots, shredded in a food processor. (Approx 2 cups after shredding) 
  • 1 can evaporated milk 
  • 3/4 cup sugar 
  • 1 pinch cardamom powder 
  • 1 pinch saffron 

In that specified order, add all the ingredients and let them cook down until the mixture reaches a fudge like consistency. Don’t forget to stir occasionally. Let it cool and store in the refrigerator. 

Preparation (for Gajar Halwa Ice Cream)

  1. With an electric mixer, whisk the cream until it’s stiff. 
  2. Add the condensed milk and gently fold it in using a spatula. Don’t overmix or you’ll lose all the air in the whipped cream. 
  3. Add the gajar halwa and gently fold that in too. 
  4. Pour it in a container and freeze for at least 6-8 hours before serving. 

Note: I’ve made this recipe nut-free but you could throw in some sliced almonds or chopped cashews for that crunch in your ice cream. 

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