Devour something wholesome that’ll satiate your senses… And, transform.
Grated carrots dehydrated in an almond date cream littered with sundried raisins and sprinkled with chopped pistachios; Carrot Halva.
This dish will burst your belief that vegan food can’t be made with easily accessible ingredients already in your pantry.
- When you know you’ve got a busy schedule at work and want to come home to a dessert that’ll help you unwind – with no added sugars
- When it’s the weekend and the kids are running round playing, and want a dessert that’ll give them a boost of energy but be a little healthy for them too
- When you’ve got an Indian curry night with the boys and fancy need a dessert that’ll round off the event
Carrot Halva was inspired by my mum’s cooking. She make the cooked version, with grated carrots cooked slowly over the stove with cream, and the carrots would melt and merge into the cream – the carrots would all reduce in size giving this lush rich orange-carrot colour. The cream was flavoured with cane sugar and sundried raisins and served topped with pistachios.
Carrot Halva is a carrot-based confection from the Indian subcontinent. It was first made during the Mughal era. It’s served usually at festivals and weddings because it is simply divine. “Halva” is Arabic meaning sweet.
This Carrot Halva has flavours integrating while sitting in the fridge before dehydrated to give that rich orange glow.
Carrot Halva is vegan and raw.
- 400g carrots
- 100g almonds, blanched
- 100g dates
- 3 cardamoms
- 500ml filtered water
- Pinch of salt
- 100g raisins
- 25g pistachios, roughly chopped
- Place the raisins in filtered water and set aside.
- Grate the carrots in a large mixing bowl and transfer to a serving dish. Add in the raisins.
- Place the almonds, cardamon seeds, dates, salt and water in a blender and whizz to a creamy texture. Pour over the carrots and raisins. Refrigerate overnight.
- Place in a dehydrator for 8 hours, turning regularly.
- When ready to serve garnish with the pistachios and serve chilled.