Carrot Burfi is a delicious desert made by slowly cooking carrots in condensed milk, ricotta cheese and garnished with nuts. Mmm…Each bite will literally melt in your mouth.
Its that time of the year again when the sounds of “Ganpati Bappa Morya” are ringing in your ears no matter where you go in my home state of Maharashtra. This is because one of the biggest festivals in India “GANESH CHATURTHI” is almost upon us. There are a variety of sweets or BURFIS as they are locally called made for this festival but the problem with me is that I cannot make most of them no matter how hard I try (LAUGHS). Which is why I always go for quick and easy to make recipes like this lusciously rich “CARROT BURFI”.
Ganpati Bappa Morya is a popular chant during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival celebrated in honor of the elephant-headed God, Ganesha. Lord Ganesh is also called “VIGHNAHARTA” which literally means “Problemsolver”. This is the time to start a whole bunch of new activities with the hopes that Lord Ganesh will get rid of all “Vighnas” or Problems for you. The installation of the elaborately decorated Ganesh idols at home marks the beginning of this festival. A religious ritual called PUJA is done and then a variety of offerings are placed in front of the idol. These include his favorite food “MODAK” along with flowers, fruits etc. The clay idol of Lord Ganesh stays in the homes for a few days and then it is submerged in water at the end of the festival.
I badly wanted to celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi by making MODAKS which are steamed rice flour dumplings filled with a mixture of coconut and jaggery. The problem was that I got way too confident in my own abilities (CHUCKLES). When I actually made a test batch I realized that I needed a little more practice. Now that plan got thrown out of the window it was time for plan B which was my favorite dessert in the whole world; GAJAR HALWA which means “CARROT PUDDING”. Its simply made by cooking grated carrots in milk and then garnishing with bunch of dried fruits. However I decided to change things up a bit by converting this pudding into a cake or burfi as we like to call it.
There are recipes where few ingredients when combined correctly create absolute magic and this is one of them.
Melt ghee (clarified butter) in a non-stick pan on a low heat. Add grated carrots and saute until soft. Add in the milk and cook, stirring occasionally, till the milk reduces. Pour condensed milk and continue to cook, till it thickens. Now add ricotta cheese, sugar and stir frequently. Sprinkle the cardamom powder along with the cashews and pistachios and mix.
Spread the mixture into a greased tray evenly. Garnish with more cashews and pistachios (I just could not resist). Refrigerate for 3 hours. Cut into desired shapes and serve.
Happy GANESH CHATURTHI y’all. May the Lord bless you and solve all your problems.
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- 6 Carrots (grated)
- 2 tbsp Ghee/ Clarified Butter
- 1½ cup Milk
- ¾ cup Condensed Milk
- ½ cup Ricotta Cheese
- ¼ cup Sugar
- ¼ cup Pistachios (coarsely crushed)
- ¼ cup Cashews (coarsely crushed)
- 8 pods Cardamom (powdered)
- Melt ghee in a non-stick pan on a low heat. Add shredded carrots and saute until soft. Add in the milk and cook, stirring occasionally, till the milk reduces.
- Pour condensed milk and continue to cook, till it thickens. Now add ricotta cheese and sugar.
- Sprinkle in the cardamom powder, cashews, pistachios and mix. Cool.
- Spread the mixture into a greased tray evenly. Garnish with nuts. Once cool, refrigerate for 3 hours.
- Cut into desired shapes and serve.