Gajjar Ka Doodh – Carrot Milk


Gajjar ka doodh is one recipe I’ve tweaked and tested a number of times and today’s version, is one which I keep returning to and well received by family and friends. Well, it all starts with some fresh carrots, milk, pala kova (evaporated unsweetened milk), sugar, infused with a hint of cinnamon, clove and a dash of freshly ground cardamom and saffron which gives it a delicious sweet note, aroma and a lovely color.

If you don’t have unsweetened pala kova on hand, substitute with condensed milk and reduce the quantity of sugar. But try preparing it with pala kova – nothing to beat the flavor it lends to the carrot milk. This richly flavored comforting drink makes an ideal summer drink/a perfect party drink or when unexpected guests arrive. Well, this drink does improve with age, ahem, yes, tastes better the next day or the day after that..:).

I’m sure many of you are surprised at the color of carrot milk, expecting it to be a bright orange shade. You see, its the addition of saffron which lent this dish its enticing beautiful yellow color..:)

Gajjar Ka Doodh Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 30-40 mts and chilling time

Makes approx 6 glasses

Cuisine: North Indian

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Ingredients:

2 big carrots, steamed and pureed

1 1/4 lt milk (I used skimmed milk)

1″ cinnamon stick

1 clove

2 tbsp unsweetened kova or 3 tbsps condensed milk

4 tbsps sugar (adjust according to your choice)

1/2 tsp elachi pwd

few strands saffron (optional)

6 cashewnuts & 4 almonds (blanched) (soak together in some milk for 10-15 mts)

1 Steam the carrots, cool and puree. Keep aside.
2 Grind the cashewnuts and almonds to a smooth paste. Keep aside.
3 Add the clove and cinnamon stick to the milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and boil the milk for at least 10 mts, stirring it. Add the sugar and stir till its completely dissolved.
4 Add the carrot paste to the milk mixture, combine well and let it cook for 3-4 mts.
5 Add the nuts paste, pala kova and elaichi pwd – combine well. Turn off heat after 2 mts and cool completely. (remove the clove and cinnamon stick from the mixture and discard it)
6 Blend the cooled mixture till you get a smooth consistency.
6 Garnish with toasted almonds slivers or pista. Serve warm or chilled.

Gajjar Ka Doodh – Carrot Milk

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  carrots

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  • http://www.lucullian.blogspot.com ilva

    Wonderful, I’ll try this for sure! Thanks!

  • http://foodieshope.blogspot.com asha

    Great color,I agree with you.If condensed milk is fat free,then I am willing to try!:) I like the spices,I bet it smells great.

  • http://www.rosas-yummy-yums.blogspot.com Rosa

    That looks like a healthy and fine drink! I love the color of your milk…

  • http://www.daavat.blogspot.com Sri

    Wow Sailaja…Beautiful picture and lovely color too. This is a healthy drink which one will ask for more. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • http://spicyandhra.blogspot.com padmaja

    Hai Sailu,
    I never heard anything like carrot milk till now but after seeing your wonderful picture i can only imagine how the taste would have been. I was such a fussy eater till few years back, never tried new stuff but now i understand how much i had missed out!!!
    But but but now I am ready to try u’r wonderful recipe!! Will update as soon as I make this at home!! thank u!! and thanks so much for wishing noel on his b’day!!! btw he had a wonderful time and thanks once again!!!

    padmaja

  • swapna

    hi sailu
    I know another version of carrot milk.will post my recipe soon.thanks for sharing.the picture is wonderful.
    pasara punukulu chala bagunnai.looking very yummy!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://cooks-hideout.blogspot.com/ Pavani

    Wow.. Sailu.. Carrot milk looks awesome especially the color. Looks lot like badam milk. Thanks for the recipe.

  • http://www.recipejunction.blogspot.com seema

    How perfect does that look Sailu. I would have that even in winter. Looks just perfect. I loved the way you photographed it. Nice … Nice…

  • http://www.indosungod.blogspot.com/ indosungod

    Fantastic picture, the carrot milk looks delicious I can almost taste it here.

  • http://boxofspices.blogspot.com Spice Lover

    Interesting recipe. Sounds delicious. It looks similar to Badam milk but am sure his one’s way less fattening.

  • http://vcuisine.blogspot.com/ viji

    Hi, Very nice presentation and beautiful picture. We prepare the same way and call it carrot kheer. This is different and nice. Tks for sharing. Viji

  • http://www.menutoday.blogspot.com Menu Today

    Hi Sailu,
    When I make next time I will try to add cinnamon and cloves. Nice presentation.

  • http://supriyakrishna.blogspot.com/ sia

    thats a nice twist to good old carrot milk. never heard or had kova in carrot milk.

  • http://kitchenmishmash.blogspot.com/ Mishmash!

    Hi Sailaja, I am going to try this for sure. I liked all the ingredients and the pic is just great ๐Ÿ™‚

    Shn

  • http://kovai-samayal.blogspot.com A Yunus

    Sailaja,

    Every recipe is mouth watering and amazing…I am adding you to my blogroll..so that I dont miss a great chef in my blogroll!! Really…catchy images and recipes!!

  • vyhsali

    Hi sailu garu,

    I tried the carrot milk it came out really good. thanks for sharing

  • http://anhsfoodblog.blogspot.com/ Anh

    This sound so wonderful. I’d love to try it…. But I have one question, May I know what elachi pwd is?

    Its freshly ground green cardamom powder, Anh.

  • http://coolpepper.wordpress.com/ Bhargavi

    Hi!
    This healthy drink is must at my mom`s place whenever a special guest arrives. She learned this from one of her close friends.
    Good way of making children have both carrot and milk.
    Good day!

  • Chandrika

    Lovely Color and a very healthy recipe! I am a carrot lover! Thank you for a wonderful treat!

  • http://annaparabrahma.blogspot.com Anjali

    Sailu

    You combined the 2 great things from bollywood doodh and Gajar ka halwa to get this great recipe. Looks lovely and the picture gives a feeling of suspension. Will visit again.

  • sapna

    This was DELICIOUS! I can’t get kova where I live so I used 2 tablespoons of vanilla ice cream.

    By the way, I am very surprised that people call this healthy, even without the ice cream ๐Ÿ™‚ Anything with nuts, sugar, and kova is far from “healthy”!! but it is certainly delicious and a lovely idea. thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ beautiful picture too by the way.

  • sulochana

    hi shailja,
    it is very good drink. Ilike it very much.this is the good way take milk and carrot both with good taste.

  • Daniella

    For those who do not eat/are allergic to dairy, can unsweetened almond milk be used as a substitute?

  • Madhu

    hii! sorry i guess i replied to the wrong messsage..
    anyways.. Sailugaru.. wanted to let you know that i saw your carrot milk photo used in the below mentioned blog.. thought you should know..

    iaminhungry.blogspot.com/2007/09/carrot-milk.html

  • Sirisha

    Tasty – Thanks Sailu!

  • Georgiana Darcy

    Many thanks for the recipe! I never heard of carrot milk before, so when I saw the lovely picture I could not help my craving for exotic delicacies and try it out – and was not disappointed! The carrot milk is lovely, and the flavors are great. I just use a lot less sugar (app. 1/2 to 1 teaspoon on 500ml milk), because the milk and the carrot already possess much natural sweetness. I wonder if it’s possible to turn that into a pudding….That would be great….

  • rithu

    hi sailu,

    wats carrot puree n how do i make it??

    • Sailu

      Steam carrot with very little water and cool. Blend to make a puree of the cooked carrots.