In India, The gajar ka halwa is probably most popular dish. But did you know about the origin history of The gajar ka halwa? Let you know that gajar ka halwa is properly a Mughals dish. Know more with us as follows…
About The gajar ka halwa
The gajar ka halwa was first introduced during the Mughal period and the name originates from the Arabic word “halwa”, which means “sweet” and it is made from carrot (in Hindi: gajar) so that it is known as gajar ka halwa (meaning pudding of carrot or Halwa of carrot). It is strongly associated with Punjab but it is not clear whether it originated there.
It is very similar to the other types of Punjabi halwa. Gajar ka halwa originally contained carrots, milk and ghee but nowadays includes many other ingredients like mava (khoya). This age old traditional recipe remained in Punjabi cookbooks for many years. Being a combination of milk and carrots it is known as milk flavoured gajar ka halwa but in the other case, the combination of cream or mava (khoya) and carrot is described as mava flavoured gajar ka halwa. As it began trending in Europe, it was inevitable that some of it also found its way to Mughal India through trade with the Dutch.
According To Food Historians
Food historians hint that the halva is as old as the hills and has its roots sometime in 3000 B.C.E., while many others hold the opinion that mentions of a gummy, greasy, sweet confection can be found even in early references (12th century) of Istanbul. Be that as it may, the word halava is thought to be Arabic and finds its origins in the word halwa, meaning sweet dish or sweetmeat. But then, the Halva had quite a journey as mentioned before, which is why it was rechristened as halava in Sanskrit, halawa in Egypt, Makedonikos Halvas in Greece, halvah in Hebrew, hilwa or halawi in Arabic, helva in Turkey and halva back here in India.
Did you know?
The famous sultan of the Ottoman Empire ‘Suleiman the Magnificent’ delighted in halvas so much that he had especially commissioned the construction of a dedicated confectionery kitchen- a helvahane – the house of halva, right next to the palace…