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Halwa is a dessert popular in India and Pakistan. This version is time-intensive but yields a rich treat with a surprisingly creamy texture.

2 pounds carrots, peeled and grated
1 gallon milk
Pinch ground cardamom
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup raisins, almonds or cashews, optional

Combine carrots and milk in large, heavy-bottomed pot. Bring to boil, add cardamom, then simmer, stirring often. When the carrot-milk mixture starts to thicken, add sugar. Continue to cook, stirring often, until mixture achieves a mostly dry consistency, about 2 to 3 hours. Garnish with raisins or nuts, if desired. Serve warm or cold.

Servings: 16. Serving size: 1/4 cup. Per serving: 169 calories, 2.9 g protein, 2.9 g fat, 33.8 g carbohydrates, 1.8 g dietary fiber, 65 mg sodium, 30.8 g sugars, 6 mg cholesterol

Vikas Mittal, Farmers Electric Cooperative and CoServ Electric

August 2011 Recipe Contest