Spiced Carrot Pudding (Gajar Halwa)

Indian Carrot Pudding, or Gajar Halwa, is an simple, health dessert that can be enjoyed warm or cool any time of year. Made by stewing finely grated carrots in milk and honey and spiced with the warmth of Indian chai masala, it's an impressive treat that's easy to prepare. If you haven't tried it, the best way to describe it is by saying it's like spiced carrot cake, in a bowl. Actually, the best way to explain it is to actually try it yourself!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 7 large carrots 
  • 1 TB Herb-Infused Ghee (or regular ghee)
  • 2 Masala Chai Spiced Honey
  • 1/4 cup dried fig, thinly sliced (set aside 1/3 for topping)
  • 2 star anise, whole
  • 1/4 cup toasted cashews
  • 1/4 cup toasted pistachios

Instructions:

Wash and shred the carrots. Pour milks into a sauce pan and bring to a simmer.

Add the carrots to the sauce pan, continuing to simmer for 20 minutes. (Keep a close eye on the coconut milk. Unattended it will boil over.)

After the milk begins to thicken and take on an orange color from the carrots and ghee to the pot along with the Masala Chai Spiced Honey and salt (optional). Stir until the ghee and honey have melted. Toss in the figs and star anise. Stir to combine. Continue to simmer for 5 more minutes.

Stir and then simmer for 5 more minutes, or until more of the milk has evaporated and the carrots are very soft.

Meanwhile, toast the cashews and pistachios in the oven at 350°F (alternatively, use a dry pan) until golden.

Remove the pudding from the heat. Remove and discard the star anise.

Top with 1/3 of the sliced figs, cashews and pistaschios. Serve warm or chill and serve cool as a healthy summer treat. 

 

 

Sachi Doctor

Elemental Alchemy, 90 Rio Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611

Sachi Doctor is an Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health coach who founded Elemental Alchemy with the mission to provide a resource for those navigating their way towards optimal mind-body health.

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at a young age, Sachi has spent over twenty years exploring different health modalities, treatment plans, diets and mindfulness practices to help alleviate chronic pain and restore balance.

After years of looking to others for a model of health with no relief, Sachi realized that the answers she sought were not hidden in someone else’s prescription for wellness but unique to her, and that the first step towards discovery was actually tuning out what was right for others and tuning into herself.

As she tapped into the wisdom of her own body, she discovered that the elements foundational for health  — the blueprint she so fervently sought — was within her, within each of us. Since then Sachi has been passionate about helping others also cultivate clarity and inner wisdom for vibrant health.

In addition to her Ayurvedic and nutrition education, Sachi has completed over 800 hours of yoga teacher training and continues to study with her mother, her first yoga teacher, for whom these practices are a way of life.

Sachi is a board member of the Prison Yoga Project at San Quentin State Prison and serves as an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that raises funds within the US yoga community to support microcredit programs for women in India. She holds a Msc in Development from the London School of Economics.