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Carrot Halwa recipe

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Carrot Halwa recipe

Carrot Halwa is a popular Indian dessert. Don’t be fooled by the name, it’s still very fattening and high in calories, but absolutely delicious when done right. Our family recipe includes saffron and mixed nuts which really lift the Halwa from being an ordinary version into an exotic one. Each mouthful will leave you wanting more! Recipe: Carrot Halwa Serves: 4 Ingredients 2 cups carrots, grated1 cup milk3/4 cup sugar2 tbsp mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachio)5-6 cardamom seeds, pounded1 tsp Ghee (use butter as a substitute)approx 10 strands of Saffron1 tsp warm water Cooking method 1. In a large saucepan, melt butter or ghee, add grated...

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Nutrition and buying tips: Saffron

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All values below are per 1 tsp (0.7g) of saffron. ProximatesWater 0.08gEnergy 2kcalProtein 0.08gTotal lipid (fat) 0.04gCarbohydrate, by difference 0.46gFiber, total dietary 0.0g MineralsCalcium, Ca 1mgIron, Fe 0.08mgMagnesium, Mg 2mgPhosphorus, P 2mgPotassium, K 12mgSodium, Na 1mgZinc, Zn 0.01mg VitaminsVitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.6mgThiamin 0.001mgRiboflavin 0.002mgNiacin 0.010mgVitamin B-6 0.007mgFolate, DFE 1µgVitamin B-12 0.00µgVitamin A, RAE 0µgVitamin A, IU 4IUVitamin D (D2 + D3) 0.0µgVitamin D 0IU LipidsFatty acids, total saturated 0.011gFatty acids, total monounsaturated 0.003gFatty acids, total polyunsaturated 0.014gCholesterol 0mg Tips on buying quality saffron In a way, Saffron is one of the toughest spices to buy, because it’s so very...

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Saffron

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Saffron

Saffron is known as the emperor of spices. Why? Because it’s an extremely laborious and tedious process to harvest. It can grow in extreme hot and dry climates, as well as survive in snow. But, good grains of commercial saffron need extremely precise conditions to develop their exquisite flavour. Saffron threads are taken from the insides of orchids – perhaps the rarest and most expensive branch of flowers. A grain of good commercial Saffron contains the stigmas and styles of nine flowers, and consequently 4,320 orchids are required to yield around 30 grams of Saffron. The stigmas need to be...

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