Saffron Ricotta with sweet carrots

also known as gajar halwa by many of us ;)...hey! it was the think spice-saffron i had to play up the saffron part..can't a girl try!!

Love gajar halwa and growing up always ate the grated kind. Jeeves has grown up eating the one made to a smooth now i make it as a mix of both. I grind the carrots coarsely in the it has a bite and is kinda smooth . There are so many ways of making this halwa..amma always makes it with milk, my sis makes with khoya...i thought why not make it a mix of this is a light version tho pretty rich on taste.

Here is the recipe:

Carrots - 6 large
Low fat Ricotta - 12 oz
Fat Free milk powder - 4 tbls
Fat free milk - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 2 cups
Saffron - 2 generous pinches
Mixed Nuts - 1/4 cup ( cashews,raisins,almonds)
Butter - 2 tbls
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp.


1.In a large pan, mix the ricotta and the milk powder and cook over medium-low heat till all the moisture evaporates. Add in the saffron and keep aside in a bowl.

2. Cut the carrots in small cubes and grind them coarsely in the blender adding some milk to help it along.

3. Add 1 tbls of butter in a kadai..make it into ghee and add the nuts. When the raisins plump up remove the nuts in a bowl and keep aside.

4. Melt the remaining 1 tbls butter to make into ghee and add the ground carrots with the sugar and cook till the mixture reduces and starts to thicken.

5. Add the saffron ricotta in, cook over low heat for 15-20 mts. Add the nuts and remove from heat. Now serve urself a generous portion and think about the calories after you finish eating it ;)


1. Can reduce the sugar to 1 1/2 cups.

2. Can use ghee instead of butter..i just like freshly made..i know..what a nut!

3. The halwa is really creamy and tastes rich..tho it has a lot of low fat elements to it.

This is off to Sunita of Sunita's World and who is hosting the Think Spice Event- Saffron...


Kribha said...

Ooooo...that's looks ooey gooey good. I don't know why I smell carrot halwa here. Nice idea of using saffron in this. It's not bad at all. Love this.

TBC said...

Oooh! loved your fancy name for gajar ka halwa:-)
It looks delicious

Sirisha Kilambi said...

wow Rajitha Darling......Loved it....great succulent sweet :-)

Laavanya said...

Rajitha, that looks lovely. Am sure the ricotta cheese stood in quite well for the khoya. The name for this dish is very cute.. I didn't for a second relate it to carrot halwa until I read your first sentence... ha ha

Asha said...

Perfect entry for Saffron.I can imagine the aroma in your kitchen!:))

Happy cook said...

Wow such a beautiful colour. I am sure it was tasting great too.
Would love to have them.

sra said...

Smooth carrot halwa? Don't think I ever came across that! Your creation looks great!

Tee said...

Wow! Ricotta with gajar halwa sounds interesting. The halwa must be getting very rich and creamy texture due to the ricotta. Looks Beautiful and I am sure must be tasting even better! :)

Madhu said...

This is gajar halwa to the ultimate. Delicious...wish I could taste some.

Richa said...

that looks delish :) my fav winter sweet.
never heard of a smooth paste version of the gajar halwa though!

Namratha said...

Yumm, this looks so gooey and delicious, trust me I tried clawing at the picture to get a bite..hehe! And loved the new name, it sounds more exotic and special, keep it coming girl!:)

Dhivya Karthik said...

Never ever tried Gajar halwa this way! i have some ricotta lying around...will use it for this :)

Puspha said...

SLURP!!! Making me drool all over.

Kalva said...

simply deliciaso!!

Suganya said...

Old wine in a new goblet :D. But then, older the wine, better the taste ;)

Sreelu said...

Carrot halwa with ricotta too much innovation happening here, I am sure this tastes heavly, which also means few extra hrs on the threadmill :(

Rina said...

Please send me the bowl here.. sounds delicious.

Sig said...

Love the color...very fancy schmancy gajar halwa.. and look at all those nuts YUMMEEE :)

KayKat said...

Really neat idea - I love the idea of using ricotta with carrots, can't wait to try it out. :)

Rajitha said...

kribha - i had to insert safron..i was kinda desperate ;)

tbc - ha ha..i wanted saffron in the name of the dish ;)

sirisha - thnks girl :)

laavanya - the ricoota mixed with milk powder and the moisture out..tastes like i took the worked!!

asha - it smelt reay good :)

happy cook - u are aways welcome to a bowl or 2

sra - thnks..many south-indians esp. tamilians make the smooth and grated variety..

tee - i know..the ricotta was low in fat but didi add a different element to the halwa

madhu - wish i could pass u a bowl too :)

richa - thnks.. tamilians sometimes make the smooth kind :)

namratha - let us do this we can start airmailing each other our food..esp. all that chat u make :)

dhivya - do let me know how it comes out..

pusha - :) thnks!

kalva - thnks :)

suganya - ha ha..u are so right ;)

sreelu - the best part is i am not a bog fan of sweets, so i only had a cup!!

rina - sure girl..wish i coud send u a bowl too :)

sig - ha usual i was out of milk...have an obsession of making yogurt...soo i improvised ;)

kaykat - thnks and welcome to my blog :)

sunita said...

Lovely halwa there...and I like the fancy name as well ;)...thanks for sending it over.

Nupur said...

This looks gorgeous, Rajitha! Am book-marking this to make during Diwali.

Latha Narasimhan said...

nice halwa rajitha!:)) But do you really require saffron for kajar halwa?!:)) I suppose there will be only one kajar ka halwa for the event! so good for you!:))

TBC said...

Hey Rajitha,
Thanks for checking...just a tad busy... u know how life can get in the way sometimes!;-)
Will post soon... at least for your sake;-)

Sandeepa said...

yes yes...what a name ;-) but what is in a looks and tastes yumm I am sure

I have never made gajar halwa with Ricotta, you give me ideas girl, this is going to make it quick

Rajitha said...

sunita - wel i love had to participate

nupur - thnks! it is super easy...let me know how it comes out :)

latha - i was out of elichi..just had very ittle..wanted a spice..i think it does add a flavor element to the dish...i was pretty surprised myself :)

tbc - yaay!!

sandeepa - ha is pretty short on time compared to the mik version and getting to the right consistency

Vcuisine said...

Lovely Rajitha. Ricotta makes unique taste in recipes. Very nice. Viji

Padma said...

Rajitha, that looks so colorful and yummy, I love the sweet combination of ricotta with n works for me!

Shweta said...

How did I miss this?? Looks so totally yummmmmm!