Whenever we talk about carrots we think about good health the famous gajar ka halwa”. Carrots are one of the most popular winter veggies in North India and they not only add crispness to food but are also great to cook with.
They are crunchy, crispy and have a sweet and pleasant taste. You can eat them raw, glazed, baked, grilled or roasted.
Benefits Of Carrot
Even our favourite cartoon character Bugs Bunny believed in the health benefits of Carrots. Why shouldn’t you? So let me start by talking about them right here.
They Lower Blood Pressure
They are loaded with potassium, which can relax the tension in your blood vessels and arteries, thereby increasing blood flow and circulation. This reduces the strain on the cardiovascular system and helps in lowering the blood pressure.
They Boost Immunity
Carrots contain a number of antiseptic and antibacterial abilities that make them ideal for boosting the immune system.
They Help In Digestion
Carrots, like most vegetables, have significant amounts of dietary fibre in its orange roots, which helps in maintaining good digestive health.
They Prevent Cancer
Beta-carotene consumption has been linked to a reduced risk of several cancers, such as lung cancer and colon cancer.Now that you know about the health benefits, let me tell you about some interesting carrot recipes that you can use 🙂
They give healthy glow to skin
Crunch on carrots to keep your skin healthy and vibrant. Carrots are high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A inside the body. It helps repair skin tissue and protects against the sun’s harsh rays.
Let us talk about some interesting recipes of carrot now
Gajar Ka Halwa
This is a recipe very dear to our heart. Cooked in desi ghee and laced with cinnamon, cardamom and sugar, this dish serves as a permanent desert item in winters.
Read below to make Gajar Ka Halwa.
Start the process by grating 1 and a 1/ kg carrots and put in a pot on medium heat. Stir-fry continuously till all the water is evaporated. Now put 10 green cardamoms, 2 cinnamon sticks and 500 gms of sugar and cook for a while. Add about 250 gms of desi ghee and cook for 5-7 minutes more.Finally, add 400 g condensed milk (you can use
Add about 250 gms of desi ghee and cook for 5-7 minutes more. Finally, add 400 g condensed milk (you can use mawa/khoya alternatively). Serve it hot on a plate and garnish with pistachios and almonds(50 gms each).
Gajar Ka Achaar
This is one of the most famous Punjabi dishes and is made frequently during winter. It is tangy to taste and easy to make. Read the recipe below.
Start the process by peeling 250 gms of carrots and cut them into finger size. Now take 3 Tbsp of powdered mustard seeds, 1 Tbsp of salt, 1 Tbsp of chilli powder and 1/2 cup mustard oil and mix them all properly. Put the mixture into a clean jar with a tight lid. Leave in the sun for about a week and shake the bottle once a day to mix well. Your tangy achaar is ready!
Your tangy achaar is ready!
Gajar Ki Kanji
This is super good for health and is always recommended by our mothers and grandmothers. Gajar Ki Kanji can improve eyesight and give great texture to your skin. Read about the recipe of this tasty and nutritious drink here.
Start the process by peeling 250 gms of carrots (preferably the dark variety called kaali gajar) and cut them into finger size. Now boil about 6 cups of water and add the carrots to it. When the water comes to a boil again, switch off the flame and allow it to cool.
Add 2 Tbsps of salt and 3 Tbsps of mustard powder to it, and transfer into a jar with a lid, and keep this in the sun, to mature. In summers or sunny weather, it takes 3-4 days, for the taste of the mustard to become strong. Do not keep the jar in the sun, after it is ready.
So, with this, I have come to the end of carrot recipes. I hope you enjoyed reading them. Do write to us if you want to include recipes of your own on our platform 🙂