For most of America, the only way carrots end up in dessert is in carrot cake, and that’s not wrong. A good carrot cake is a thing of beauty.
This recipe is a little different – it’s all carrots and no cake.
You can skip the sugar, reduce the butter, throw in a little pepper or some savory spices and end up with a healthy side dish instead of a dessert. But if you’ve never thought of a root vegetable as dessert fare, then follow the recipe as is, and open yourself up to a whole new world – and throw a nod of gratitude to India for showing the world how to do vegetarian food right.
- 4 – 4 1/2 c grated carrots About 5 large carrots
- 4 c full fat organic milk or any type of milk, I used a mixture of whole milk and macadamia nut milk
- 4 T ghee or butter use less or none if you want
- 1/4 c sugar optional, makes it sweeter
- 5 – 6 whole green cardamom split open and crushed, or 1/4 – 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 10 – 12 whole cashews or almonds, pistachios, whatever nuts you have on hand
- 2 T golden raisins or dried cranberries, whatever sweet dried fruit you have on hand
- 1 pinch saffron optional
- Peel and grate carrots until you have about 4 1/2 cups grated carrots.
- In a medium pot with a thick bottom, add the grated carrots and milk. Bring it to a boil and reduce the heat.
- Simmer until the milk is reduced by 75%. Stir at regular intervals.
- When the milk is reduced by 75%, add the sugar, ghee or butter, and cardamom.
- Stir well and continue to cook until the rest of the milk is evaporated.
- Add the dried fruit, nuts, and saffron and stir. Keep on the heat until everything is heated through. (About 3 minutes.)
- Serve hot or cold, garnish with additional nuts and dried fruit as you like.
You’ll need a decent grater for this recipe. Cardamom Pods and a mortar and pestle will make you fee more authentic. 😀
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