How to Make Vegan Gajar ka Halwa
For the almond milk:
1.Place almonds to soak in water. You can pre-soak the almonds for four hours in cold water or use hot water.
2.Peel the soaked almonds if you like.
3.Place the almonds and water into a blender.
4.Sieve through a fine mesh cloth and squeeze out all the milk.
For the date paste:
1.Soak as many dates as you would like in water.
2.Put them in a container with a lid and let them sit in the refrigerator for a few hours. Drain off and reserve the soaking liquid.
3.Place dates and a little of the soaking liquid in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and consistent, adding soaking water if necessary.
4.Date paste will last in your refrigerator for weeks, and can be used as a replacement for sweetener in a recipe.
For the halwa:
1.In a stainless steel heavy bottom pan add grated carrots.
2.Pour the almond milk into the carrots, add cardamom pods and cook until all liquid has reduced. This will take about 30 - 40 minutes.
3.Add date paste. Stir occasionally.
4.Add cashew nut paste if using.
5.Add raisins, top with almonds.
6.Serve warm or cold.