Sunday, 20 August 2006

Weekend Baking Session # 25

Weekend Baking Session this week celebrates its 25th round with an Improved Indian Dessert.

Carrot Halva Tartlets

What do we need:

Almond Pastry
3/4 cup plain flour
1/4 cup ground almond
1/4 cup cold butter
1/4 tsp salt
ice water, as needed

Carrot Halva
2 cups carrots, grated finely
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp ghee
4 cardamoms, powdered
a pinch of saffron strands

slivered almonds for garnishing

How do we do it:

Combine flour, salt and ground almond. Grate cold butter into the mixture. Rub lightly with fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Gradually, add the ice cold water 1 tablespoon at a time just until the dough binds together. Make sure not to over work the dough. Wrap with cling film and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Heat ghee and fry the grated carrots slightly. Pour milk and sprinkle the saffron strands. Let it boil. Cook the carrot to soft paste stage. Now, add the sugar and continue cooking while stirring. Remove from heat when the halwa looks gooey.

Divide the pastry dough into 8 portions. Press each portion evenly into greased tart mould. Trim edges to remove excess pastry. Prick base of each tart with a fork. Cover and chill again for about 15 minutes. Then, blind bake the pasty cases in a preheated oven at 200ยบ C for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and place the tartlets on a wire rack to cool.

To assemble, fill the tartlets with cool carrot halva. Top with slivered almonds.


66 comments:

Kanda said...

No photo haa??

Something must be wrong with blogger lah!!!!

Kanda said...

haaa now can see already... it looks like flower...

Err.. emm.. Thank u, ah. Receiving a compliment from my best critic means a lot.

WhItE_PoPlAr said...

wow...

I love carrot halva.... and to eat it with almond pastry...
Gonna make this real soon!!

Thanks a lot!

Thank u very much & welcome to the blog. Do let me know how u like it. Itz my pleasure.

Menu Today said...

Hi Puspha,

It looks sooo beautiful.

Thanx a lot, Menu Today.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Mmmhh, that looks very fine! It's a very good idea...

Merci bien.

shammi said...

What a lovely idea, Puspha! And how gorgeous that little tartlet looks!

Many thanx to u, Shammi.

Prema Sundar said...

wow!!! looks great. A very lovely idea .I love carrot halwa and this fusion is interesting

Thank u very much, Prema.

Krithika said...

What a grrrrreat idea Pushpa !! Looks gorgeous !

Thanx a lot, dear!!

shilpa said...

Amazing...a great idea Pushpa. I have become your great fan these days :).

Thank u so much for ur compliments. I'm blushing. :o)

sudhav said...

Nice presentation pushpa...

Nandri, Sudha.

KrishnaArjuna said...

Very innovative idea Pushpa! Carrot halwa tartlet looks absolutely scrumptious with pretty colors!

Thank u very much, KA.

myCoffee said...

Pushpa, such a pretty-looking tart!

Thank u & welcome to the blog, mycoffee.

indosungod said...

mouth watering, I am going to really try making this one

Thanx a lot, Indhu. Do let me know of the outcome.

zingtrial said...

Hi liked reading your blog its a nice blog.Thanks for sharing,there is one problem I am hungry,dribbling over keyboard
Thanks a lot :) .

Thank u very much & welcome to the blog. Itz my pleasure to share.

Linda said...

Hi Pushpa, looks really delicious!

Thanx a lot, Linda.

RP said...

You are so creative!
Carrot halwa tartlets...who would have thought about that!
Nice entry.

Thank u so much, RP.

Deepz said...

Hey pushpa,
Thanks for visiting my site. This dish is a perfect fusion of american cuisine and indian cuisine and the presentation is very good.

Praveena said...

Pushpa,
Nice twist! All I need is a scoop of ice cream on top and it will be heaven!

Foodie's Hope said...

Very nice fusion dish, this one works very well.

What fusion cuisine doesn't work me? Italian Spagetti Sauce with Rasam Powder!!! EEEEEKKKKKS....

Vineela said...

Hi Pushpa,
Carrot halva tartlets looks fantastic.
thank sfor sharing.
Vineela

mandira said...

What a nice touch...er twist to the carrot halwa. Looks great puspha.

sudha said...

hi pushpa..Nice thought of filling the tartlets with carrot halwa. Thankyou.

Anonymous said...

hi pushpa,

Lovely idea of filling up tartlets with halva.I couldn't try any of ur recipe lately as Im down with flu :( waiting to get better and try out the pineapple pudding.

Anu

Priya Bhaskaran said...

Pushpa, thats a nice idea... filling halva with tartles:) Nice picture:)

Priya said...

thats one delcectable dessert. Very innovative !!

Vaishali said...

A great idea, Pushpa. I am sure, it tastes great. Indeed an "improved" Indian dessert.

fooDcrazEE said...

that looks cute....

maneka nirmal said...

Innovative idea..the tartlets looks yummy. Thanx for the recipe pushpa..

indianadoc said...

hmmm....gorgeous...yummy!!

sudhav said...

Happy vinayaka chathurthi pushpa..indha var weeked baking session la enna special...waiting to see..

Shankari said...

Happy Vinayaka Chaturthi!

Foodie's Hope said...

Hi Pushapa! hope you are doing okay! No baking last weekend? On Vacation or what ??!!

sudha said...

hi pushpa..waiting for your next entry.

indosungod said...

whatsup friend long time no hear (entries). Vacationing?

Menu Today said...

Hi Puspah,
Long time no news!! Everything OK with you???

Nabeela said...

Hi Pushpa, I tagged you for a meme!

sudhav said...

Pushpa, is everything ok..long time no see..

Revathi said...

Enaachi Pushpa no post from u.. Hope u and ur family are doing fine !!

Faffer said...

Pushpa,
I tried your "mushroom stew with milk" recipe. I used zucchini, carrots and red bell peppers as I didn't have mushrooms. It was really good. Thank you SO much for this simple, yet tasty recipe. Next time round I'm going to try it with mushrooms.

Come back soon :)

Amrita said...

Hello pushpa...hope u r doing well.No update in a long time......cheers

Krithika said...

Long time no posts Pushpa. Hope all is well

Vaishali said...

Where are you, Pushpa?

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Why are you so silent? I hope that you are doing well...

Meeta said...

Pushpa, What's up? Are you OK? I keep checking back to see if there are any new posts but it's been ages. Come back with a bang sweetie we miss you.

mandira said...

Hi Pushpa, haven't heard from you in a while. Hope things are well. Looking forward to delicious recipes from you.

Annita said...

Hey,Where are you?No news for long..Atleast break the silence yaar..

Menu Today said...

Hi pushpa,
How R U ??????

Saffron said...

now that is creative! Looks like you haven't posted in a while? I've been away from blogger from a while too and have just started catching up with my favorite bloggers :)

best,

Linda said...

I'm also wondering, and hoping all is well with you pushpa -- miss your cheery commentary and lovely posts :)

jadepearl said...

Wah seh...didn't visit your blog for so long (been real busy) and so many delicious food. Yummylicious!!! Keep up the good work!!!

Anonymous said...

knock!knock!!pushpa are you there?:)))
paati

Nandita said...

Hey dear girl, whats happening at your end? Just post something to let us know you are doing fine!

Kitchenmate said...

Pushpa, what is going on??? been very long since we heard from you, just drop us a comment if you are busy.
Take care!

Shankari said...

Pushpaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, come back, we r waiting for you

fooDcrazEE said...

wow ! 54 comments - getting better and better...keep it up

fooDcrazEE said...

Happy Diwali Pushpa

Anonymous said...

happy diwali to you & your family pushpa
paati

Foodie's Hope said...

Happy Diwali to you all!

Alison said...

Your blog seems to be full of desserts.. and i have a sweet tooth, or rather - 28 of them :) I just started my own blog, link it up pls if you would.

Jyotsna aka deccanheffalump said...

Hey nice idea!

Lakshmiammal said...

Hi Pushpa ,
You have a great site. You inspire me to bake . Book marked your recipes for 'should try'.

Nandita said...

Hey Pushpa,
where are you girl? I keep coming back to check and there is nothing happening here

Anonymous said...

hi pushpa,
what happened to u?Its been a long time.Hope everythings fine with u.Tkc.Hope to see u soon with ur new delights.Bye

Anu

Anonymous said...

Pushpa, i've been lurking since you started this blog. Where are you? I'm really worried. I hope you're alright. Please, please, please have somebody drop a line for you if you cannot write yourself. I want to know that you're okay.Please!

Anonymous said...

Hi Pushpa, are you ok. I am also
worried about you. I pray you are alright. Please let us know you are alright. Thks.

Sumitha said...

Pushpa Wie gehts?come back soon,miss you!Hugs
Sumi

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