Reasons Why ‘Gaajar Ka Halwa’ is the King of All Desserts

Gaajar Ka Halwa’

 

Gaajar ka halwa is the irreplaceable dessert in Indian cuisine and that is saying a lot considering the huge number of desserts that India has to offer. It has a special place in everyone’s hearts. So let’s take a look at the reasons that make this dish so special:

  1. Gaajar ka halwa was introduced to Indian kitchens by Mughals. Also, halwa is an Arabic term, which means sweet. Today, this all time favourite of the royal court is a favourite of common masses as well.
  1. Carrots are largely grown in Punjab as a winter harvest. However, carrots were originally white and purple in colour. It was the Dutch who cultivated the orange colour carrot to honour their prince – William of Orange, who led the struggle for Dutch independence. This historic fact indeed makes it a royal dish. 
  1. The best part about desserts is that it is equally cherished by both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. And when the dessert is none other than ‘gaajar ka halwa,’ it goes without saying that it is a traditional yet the most celebrated dessert in India.
  1. There are different variations (red velvet carrot halwa, carrot-papaya halwa, cheese gaajar ka halwa carrot and beetroot halwa) of gaajar ka halwa but nothing beats the original recipe.
  1. One of the specialties of this dessert is that it can be served either hot or cold, which makes it a perfect dish when you are struggling with pangs of hunger.
  1. It can be garnished with several dry fruits such as cashews, raisins, nuts, cardamom powder and almonds to enhance its taste.
  1. Gaajar ka halwa is certainly everyone’s favorite with all the amount of milk and carrots that are used for its preparation. People do not seem to care much about their weight when it comes to this spectacular dish. Gaajar ka halwa is also the perfect example of the importance of patience. It takes approximately one hour to prepare this dish and is definitely worth the wait.

 

Kaanji – Indian Pro-Biotic Drink

Kaanji – Kaale Gajar Ki Kaanji, a fermented drink from North India, marks  the end of winter in the Northern States. A great digestive booster and ideal for sluggish gut, this pro-biotic drink has a salty tangy taste. The purple or black carrots have extraordinary nutritional benefits due to the presence of anthocyanins which give it an intense deep hue and have anti-inflammatory properties. This spiced brew is flavoured with rai(mustard),pink salt and a tinge of red chilli powder. Traditionally prepared in ceramic jars, the purple carrots mixed with water and spices, is kept in the sun for 4-5 days.

Kaanji, the desi wine, is served during Holi. Come and savour your taste buds with naniji’s kaanji at the Nukkadwala till stock lasts.

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Nukkadwala’s – Canteen Burgers

The group photograph from our college days invariably brings a distant look in the eyes and a lump in the throat. The never-ending chats at the canteen tables, the frequent back slapping , the ongoing accounts with the canteen-wala, asking for treats from a friend just because his “crush” looked back and gave a smile, unknowingly all these moments end up making the “Canteen” an integral part of our college life.

College days tend to be one of the best days of one’s life, where,, an essential part of time was spent at the Canteen surviving on whatever snacks – pakoras, burgers variations the unkempt canteen wala would conjure up! Unconventional variations however they always tasted fantastic and were extremely pocket friendly!!

Everything associated with the time spent at the canteen table brings about a commotion of memories flooding to our brain and there appears a smile on our face that we are completely unaware of.
Nothing in this world compares to the joy of being lost in the wonderful moments of the past. Having a rendezvous with the best memories of our life – some call it daydreaming, we call it Nukkadwala Time.

With Nukkadwala introducing its range of Canteen Burgers, one is sure to travel back in time. And the best part will be to have a reunion with your mates and enjoy lip-smacking delights from different parts of India.

Nukkadwala is a place wherein you hang out and relax in not so formal surroundings to dig in to the regionally authentic delicacies. Call it a Gorge on hub – we will not mind till you leave with a great taste in your mouth.

With the assorted list of meals and snacks from across India under one roof, it makes it an ideal place for foodies to have a relaxed time and enjoy good food that fills up the belly. After all, at Nukkadwala it’s all about having a great time with friends over some truly authentic Indian foods and flavours that were handpicked from different regions of India.

The “Canteen Burgers” are called so just to take you back in time wherein you can reminiscence the good old days and the time spent in canteen along with endless hours chit-chatting. It’s all about being perfectly nostalgic.

Nukkadwala isn’t just a place to eat, it is an experience so diversified which will have you smitten with its lip-smacking delights. Every dish at Nukkadwala brings along with it a story behind it – a history worth mentioning and regional touch that you will find nowhere else. It gets you in the mood to experiment and intrigues you to explore the entire menu with enthusiasm.

The “Canteen Burgers“ at Nukkadwala is just the tip of an iceberg, there is just so much more to the Nukkadwala experience that sets one on an expedition of deliciously unique treats.