Weight loss: Add low-calorie Gajar Ka Halwa (Indian carrot pudding) to your diet plan to reduce belly fat
The cold winter months are finally here and it’s time to please our palates with the season’s most popular dessert – Gajar Ka Halwa, or Indian Carrot Pudding. Perhaps, this classic Indian dessert made with the juicy, crunchy orange-coloured carrots is one such sweet that we cannot resist drooling at. Winter is also a season where fruit and vegetable stores and supermarkets are flooded with the season’s fresh produce like carrots, a key ingredient for authentic Indian carrot pudding. But, did someone say that even a single serving of this delicious dessert can be an explosive for people on a weight loss diet or trying to maintain their weight? Fret not, there’s a way where you can enjoy the sumptuous gajar ka halwa without feeling guilty or deprived and still get rid of your belly fat.
So, the (low-calorie gajar ka halwa) bring orange Indian carrot pudding can be a great food option for weight-watchers. But, before we tell you how to make this healthy, low-fat gajar ka halwa recipe, let us try to understand how it can enhance your weight loss and why you need to load your grocery bag with this nutrient-dense tuber the next time you go veggie-shopping.
How low-calorie Gajar Ka Halwa helps with weight loss?
Firstly, the ingredients such as carrots, jaggery, ghee, cardamom powder, used in low-calorie gajar ka halwa are not only healthy but also great for shedding those extra pounds. For instance, carrots are an excellent detoxifying food that contains properties that can help cleanse the liver. Carrots are also rich in fibre (both soluble and insoluble), which promotes a feeling of fullness and better digestion, thereby preventing you from overeating and enabling you to slim down faster. The lutein and lycopene naturally present in carrots help maintain good eyesight and night vision.
Similarly, jaggery, or Gur in Hindi, is a natural sweetener that is packed with essential nutrients, including proteins, fibre, and minerals that can aid weight loss. Jaggery is one food that encourages easy digestion of food, cleanses the blood and removes toxins from the body effectively.
Ghee, or clarified butter contains high amounts of nutrients that are beneficial for weight loss and maintaining overall health. Ghee is an excellent source of healthy fats, including omega-3 fats (DHA) and omega-6 (CLA), which can help increase lean body mass while reducing fat mass.
Cardamom, or elaichi in Hindi, is known for its powerful health benefits, including weight loss. Studies have shown that the phytonutrients in cardamom speed up fat metabolism and brain function. In fact, it’s one of the most effective spices that aid weight loss and prevent obesity. Nuts contain good amounts of proteins and antioxidants that can help prevent many diseases as well as improve weight loss.
How to make low-calorie Gajar Ka Halwa for optimal weight loss
This low-calorie gajar ka halwa is not only delicious and healthy but also easy to prepare. To make Indian carrot pudding, you would need –
-> 1 kg carrot, grated
-> 2 cups low-fat milk
-> 1-2 tablespoon melted ghee
-> 1teaspoon cardamom (elaichi) powder
-> Jaggery to taste
-> Chopped pistachios or other nuts, to garnish
-> Heat a pan on medium flame, once hot, add ghee and let it melt.
-> Now, add shredded carrots and stir-fry for about 8 minutes or until the carrots absorb ghee and become dry while stirring continuously — the carrots should look reddish/dark orange in colour.
-> Add cardamom powder, jaggery and milk to the cooked carrots and mix them well.
-> Cook on a medium/low flame until milk dries, while you keep stirring.
-> Garnish with chopped nuts.
-> Serve warm, you can also store refrigerated in an air-tight container till serving.
You can also check the YouTube video below to learn how to make a low-calorie gajar ka halwa!
Just like any other food, overindulgence in gajar ka halwa may reverse its benefits for your health and weight. Although, this recipe is low in calories, having too much of it may result in weight gain. So have it in moderation