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Gajar ka halwa

Gajar ka halwa or carrot pudding has been one of the most favorite sweet dish of me and my parents; my father is a big fan of it. In India especially during the months of November, December, January we get those good red big size carrots which make best gajar halwas.
Ever since out of for studying eating the authentic halwa had become occasional yearly affair, that is only when I am at my mom’s place. This year as my mom said,she already made it almost 5-6 times 😀

gajarhalwaSince I remember, on the new year eve especially, gajar ka halwa used to be made without fail and we would eat it at around 12 in night…steaming hot gajar halwa while being comfortably warm under blankets in chilly winters of North India.As I say this I am actually visualizing those days…truly nostalgic!

After our wedding, since I have a fully functional kitchen and moreover since I miss those childhood days and traditions…this year I wanted to relive and enjoy halwa on the new year eve…Set out on my endeavor to make gajar halwa…got the recipe from my Mom and in almost 1 hour which includes preparation time,I was able to make it and guess what it turned out to be delicious 🙂 😛 and was certified by none other than my husband and friends!

So here is my gajar ka halwa recepie:

Ingredients:

• Carrots 8-10 medium

• Cashewnuts 5-6

• Almonds 5-6

• Raisins 10-15

• Pure ghee 3 tablespoons

• Milk 2 cups

• Green cardamom powder 1/4 teaspoon

• Milk maid condensed milk can or Mawa (khoya) 1 cup (I used milk maid condensed milk)

• Sugar 3/4 cup

Preparation:
Peel, wash and grate carrots.
Chop cashewnuts.
Blanch almonds in half a cup of hot water for five minutes.
Drain, cool, peel and slice them. Wash raisins and pat them dry.

Cooking:
In a thick-bottomed pan,heat ghee add grated carrots and sauté for five minutes.
Then add milk, green cardamom powder and cook on medium heat for five to six minutes or till the milk evaporates and the carrots are cooked.
Stir in the condensed milk or grated khoya and sugar and cook for two to three minutes or till the sugar melts and mixes well, stirring continuously.
Continue to cook for two minutes more.
Garnish with chopped cashewnuts, sliced almonds and raisins.
Serve hot or at room temperature.

We can store halwa in fridge for a week and reaheat before serving!

World’s best dad

Off late or rather often I find myself talking about my father whenever some instances in day to day life comes which reminds me of what my father would do or used to do or would be doing then and I find myself cherishing those moments! Indeed I can quote;’ Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes’…

The interesting part of this emotive start is most of the memoirs brings smile and are funny too!

Many a times I have said this to my husband and whomsoever I spoke with and the topic of families and childhood days came and when I spoke about my dad that my dad should have born in the current generation seeing his ways of life:

He loves to maintain his ‘social network’ and is quite successful in that without using Facebook, however he does not understand ‘F’ of Facebook or better say ‘I’ of Internet. We including kids in family have tried so many times, but no gain 😥 .He knows only one thing ‘take the print out’ 😉

And when I talk of taking print outs, or rather say habit of collecting information (again something which even I do, but the ways are different), my dad is incomparable. He is very conscious of the current affairs’ related to politics specially, about education, about software and software company news, this one because his kids (we both) are associated with that. He would take paper cuttings and carefully file it, so that he can share them with us, when we meet. So much connected with us, touch wood!

He has keen interest in latest products in market; he loves trying out international brands of clothes and shoes,way more interested than men of his generation ;).We always had all the electronic gadgets in our home, latest with the technology, thanks to dad’s interests!

He likes trying out different and new kind of food, but undoubtedly loves food made by my Mom(his wife 😛 ),though would rarely admit that. My mom would often say even when she’s on deathbed, he would ask her to cook first for the day and then die ;).You know this is their way of showing attachment :D. He’s so foodie (of course, I inherit his this part or almost all part of his nature ;)) that if he has invitation from multiple places for feast on the same day, he would make sure he visits all the places, not only for formality but for eating too :P, he would love to try out some of the spreads all all places, only to end up with an upset stomach but happy otherwise :D. All in the family always have a good laugh on this behavior of my father. The benefit of this habit of dad and awesome culinary skill of Mom was that, we always had privilege of tastiest food at home and even out of home 😀

He’s quite good in interacting with people, be it anybody, even my friend circle…so quite a social person. Give him a chance to interact with a friend and end of day, he would have more of his/her bio-data than me 😉 quite an inquisitive person he’s.

He loves travelling and exploring different places; has travelled a lot in India during his studies and keeps recalling those experiences when visiting those places again or when we go to those places, he would share those days reminisces and such talks are quite refreshing…

I have so many recollections with dad, that I can keep them jotting and it would not end even then…

Today he’s on the way to Hyderabad with Mom and my Masi, Mausa and kiddo cousin Arnav and I am really excited to meet all of them. I would not be missing them for some time now…Hope to have an awesome time in coming few days!

Love you Papa and Love you Mom!

PS. Now these are coming post pokes from Arnav aka Bonnie after his experiences with ‘dad the great’; he was like, I should certainly enter these in the write-up. So his experiences of which me and my bro and all others would agree…when we are travelling by train, dad has to get down at all the stations and take a stroll compulsorily and return with the something or other from the station, especially if that place is famous for some thing: like Agra and ‘Agra ke pethe’,Allahabad and ‘Allahabad ke amrood(guava)’,Nagpur and ‘Nagpur ke santre(oranges)’,etc. When we were very young, we would get scared when train would start and he would not be around, fearing that he might be left behind at the station ;).All in relation would say that, he would only not venture out at stations that would come across in the travel while he’s sleeping ;),a little exaggeration, I know… but this is how family talks happen 😀

And the latest news is dad again wants to learn computers and this time he’s asked bro to bring his old laptop along, so that he can learn :),let’s see how much progress he makes!

Folks, because of huge situational demand and the amount of stories and moments I want to share and keep for records, I will be updating this blog from time to time…

-> The latest development is: My cousin helped my Father to open his Facebook account and dad proudly calls my younger brother, sharing the news of his FB account being opened and now he would get an account setup for our Mom too…the tone was how he got his bank account opened in a new bank and will get one opened for Mom too  😉 😀

Recalled Refreshed Cherished…

I do miss my good old childhood days and somehow or other associating all phases of life with television serials and program comes by default to me…I still have clear images of our first television set….a Salora black and white TV with shutters and channel knob…and big antennas with boosters with them to get clear signals…there was no option of channels till DD2 came and there were days of color televisions with varying degree of bulkiness to sleek LCD televisions…When I started recalling all those TV programs and serials of which I was a viewer with different levels of interests …so many sweet,innocent,cute memories were floating around me like white clouds around a fairy…I was lost…literally lost…and then I started jotting down the names of all the TV broadcasts which I could recall…I am sure whomsoever starts reading this list will be lost in some or other memories and for sure feel good :)…..So here we go…. 🙂

Agatha Christie’s Poirot
Aisa Bhi Hota Hai
Akbar The Great
Alice In Wonderland
Alif Laila
All the Best
Amir Khusro
Anandi Gopal
Baigan Raja
Bharat Ek Khoj
Byomkesh Bakshi
Captain Vyom
Chanakya
Chandrakanta
Chhutti Chhutti
Chitrahaar
Dekh Bhai Dekh
Didi’s Comedy Show
Duck Tales
Ek Se Badhkar Ek
Ek Tha Rusty
Fauji
Fhir Wahi Talaash
Flop Show
Guchhae
Guinness Book of World Records
Guldasta
Gul Gulshan Gulfaam
Hello Zindagi
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Honee Anhonee
Hum Pancchi Ek Daal Ke
Intezaar Aur Sahi
Jai Hanumaan
Janbaaz
Jungle Book
Junoon
Kab Tak Pukaroon
Kabhi Saas Kabhi Bahu
Karamchand
Kashish
Kissa Shanti Ka
Knight Rider
Krishi Darshan
Kunti
Mahabharat
Main Dilli Hoon
Malgudi Days
MatheMagic
Meri Awaaz Suno
Mirza Ghalib
Mitti Ke Rang
Morning Transmission
Mulla Naseeruddin
Mummies Alive
Mungeri Lal Ke Haseen Sapne
Mungeri Ke Bhai Naurangi
Neem Ka Ped
Oshin
Om namah shivay
Palash ke Phool
Panch tantra ki kathayen
Param Vir Chakra
Phir Wahi Talaash
Potli Baba Ki
Rajni
Ramayan
Rangoli
Reporter
Raja Aur Rancho
Saanjha Chulha
Sab ka maalik ek hai
Sansaar
Saptahiki
School Days
Sea Hawks
Shanti
Shaktimaan
Show Time
Shriman Shrimati
Shri Krishna
Sigma
Sinbaad The Sailor
Space City Sigma
Spiderman
Star Trek
Street Hawk
Stone Boy
Subah
Subah-Savere
Suno Re Kissa
Super Human Samurai Cyber Squad
Super Six
Surabhi
Swabhimaan
Swaraj
TaleSpin
Tehkikaat
The Sword of Tipu Sultan
Thumblina
Udaan
Ulta Pulta
Vikram Aur Betaal
Wagle Ki Duniya


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