Thursday, March 18, 2010

Microwave carrot halwa

A few days back, my daughter(the little girl referred to as LG in my other blog) and her friend were playing, when this conversation started.
Friend : Do you eat chicken?
LG : No, I don't
Friend : We don't eat chicken 'coz we are brahmins
Lg : Repeats what the friend said
I was left speechless.
A small,innocent conversation between a four year old and a five year old left me wondering if the divide that religion creates in our minds will ever be bridged.
The LG has no idea what a Brahmin is or for that matter what a Hindu, a Christian or a Muslim is. To her, a temple is a place where the respective God is prayed to and a Church is a temple where people pray to Jesus.
The conversation that got me thinking deeply was promptly forgotten by the two kids as soon as the microwave beeped, signaling that LG's favourite carrot halwa was ready.

What you need:
Grated carrot - 3 cups
Sugar - 1 cup
Milk - 1 cup
Ghee - 2-3 tsps
Almonds - 1/4 cup, thinly sliced
Raisins - 1/4 cup (soaked for a few minutes in water, to plump them up)

Take the grated carrots, sugar and milk in a large, microwaveable dish. Smooth the carrots down with a spatula to make sure that it is completely immersed in the milk. Heat on microwave high for 12 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir well and heat for another fifteen minutes on high, stirring the halwa every five minutes to ensure even browning.
Tastes delicious eaten hot off the oven or cold.


sowmya's creative saga said...

halwa looks really delicious..

J said...

thats delicious..the color is awesome... first time here.. loved ur space! will visit often..

Ruchikacooks said...

It was one of the conversations we had when I was in school..Half the time, my friends would label me as the veggie one and I wont be included in discussions which had meat in them..

But halwa saved the day huh? Looks very delicious..MW one too..

Srimathi said...

It is indeed very shocking when you hear conversations between 4-6 year olds. I wonder where they get such ideas about things.Carrot Halwa looks good. I guess when you want a quick dessert it can be done easily.

jayasree said...

Gorgeous clicks. I too have posted a MW version of carrot halwa. That reminds me of the MEC event at your blog.

Renu said...

looks yummy!

sra said...

You know, J, we knew all this when we were in school - i used to think it's because we came from a smaller town and not in a capital city which tends to be more cosmopolitan than other cities in the State. But after I started working, I realised that this kind of curiosity exists in the cities too - indirectly or very directly people want to know all these details about other people.
Am still racking my brains for an MEC idea

Jayashree said...

Thanks, Sowmya.
J, thank you for stopping by.
Ruchika, I can so identify with that. There were only three vegetarians in my class when we were in school.
Srimathi, this is the first shock that I've received. i guess i should be prepared for more, huh???

Jayashree said...

Jaya, I look forward to receiving your entry.
Renu, thank u.

SathyaSridhar said...

Wooow carrot halwa looks delicious and cooking halwa in microwave is great job dear,,, lovely picture,, thanks for sharing dear,,take care n keep smiling,,

PJ said...

I always go in for MW halwas.Very easy and no stirring..Loved ur carrot halwa...

Divya Kudua said...

I love instant carrot halwa too..lovely recipe in MW..will try!!

Aruna Manikandan said...

Carrot Halwa looks delicious...
Nice click :-)