If there is one vegetable that is truly a nutritional hero then it is bound to be the carrot. A goldmine of nutrients, this is the reason they can be even termed as worth the other ‘karat’ (as in gold)! Ranging in colours from orange, black, pink to red, yellow and white, this delicious vegetable is within the reach of rich and poor alike and is rightly called the universal root. The best role that this winter vegetable can play – chomp on one as it is an excellent snack!
To make gajar ka halwa, heat 1 tbsp ghee in a non-stick pan, add carrot and cook for 8-10 minutes.
To make green phirni, heat remaining ghee in another non-stick pan.
Grind green peas with 3 tbsps water to a smooth puree. Add peas puree to the 2nd pan and mix well. Cook for 5-7 minutes.
Combine rice powder and ½ cup milk in a bowl.
To make white chocolate phirni, heat milk-rice powder mixture in a 3rd non-stick pan. Cook till it thickens
Add ¼ cup castor sugar to the 1st pan. Cook till the sugar melts, add 2 tbsps milk and mix well.
Add 2 tbsps milk and 2 tbsps castor sugar to the 2nd pan and mix well. Remove from heat. Add ¼ tsp cardamom powder and 2 tbsps white chocolate and mix well.
Add a ladleful of rice milk mixture to the 1st pan. Add saffron and mix well. Simmer for a few more minutes.
Add 2 tbsps castor sugar, remaining cardamom powder to the white chocolate phirni and mix well. Add remaining white chocolate and mix well. Simmer for a few minutes.
Add 1 tbsp pistachios to the peas phirni and mix well.
Pour a portion of peas phirni in individual shot glasses, sprinkle ½ tbsp pistachios in each, add a portion of white chocolate phirni, add ½ tbsp almond slivers. Top each glass with a portion gajar ka halwa, sprinkle few strands of saffron and serve immediately.
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