The beauty of this pudding is that even a novice can cook this beautiful looking dessert, as delicious as your grand mom would make it . If you are familiar with other ‘Carrot Pudding’ recipes, you will find that this one is cooked without using any butter/ghee. The traditional recipe uses grated carrots which are cooked for couple of hours in ghee/butter along with some milk.
I was trying to create a recipe which would use less or no butter at all & secondly which is not that time consuming. I found that if you pressure cook the carrots & then mash them either with a handy blender or potato masher, you can significantly cut down on the cooking time.Using condensed milk & ricotta cheese or khoya leaves no room for ghee/butter & sugar. So they are a good addition too. And while making all these changes you don’t compromise on the taste. After all taste is what matters in the end. Also, I’ve tried using dry milk powder instead of ricotta cheese & condensed milk with very good results.
- Wash carrots with running water to remove any dirt and peel them.
- In a medium sized pressure cooker add water, green cardamoms & the peeled carrots. Close the cooker & cook on high heat (8 – 10 minutes ).
- Turn off the heat when first whistle blows. After all the steam has been released ( 10 minutes approx. ), drain all the water from carrots & mash them with handy blender or potato masher. Don’t make a puree.
- Now add ricotta cheese & condensed milk to the mashed carrots & mix all the ingredients well.
- Cook the above mixture on medium heat, uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring in between.
- Garnish with nuts & serve hot.
- I use the same pressure cooker for all the cooking. It saves my clean up time. But you can transfer the mashed carrots in a skillet for further cooking if you want to.
- Using a handy blender also saves time – both cooking & clean up time.
- If you don’t want to pressure cook, you can use grated carrots but that will greatly increase cooking time. You have to cook them for at least an hour on low – medium heat with other ingredients.
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