Carrot Milk (Gajar Ka Doodh) is an Indian beverage where cooked carrot puree is added to milk and flavored with cardamom. This drink is made especially in winter when fresh red carrots are available (vegetarian, gluten-free).
About Carrot Milk (Gajar Doodh)
Carrot Milk (Gajar ka Doodh) is an Indian beverage that is specially made during winter when fresh red carrots are available. This healthy and vibrant drink comes together in under 30 minutes using simple ingredients.
Although it tastes the best when made using juicy and sweet red carrots, you can make it using regular orange carrots too. The taste will be slightly different but it will still be good.
Gajar ka doodh can be served hot or chilled for breakfast, as evening snacks, or just before you sleep.
It is an excellent drink for toddlers as well as pregnant or lactating women due to its many health benefits. However, it is not recommended for babies below the age of 6 months due to the use of nuts.
This recipe can be easily scaled up or down as per your requirement.
Health Benefits Of Carrots
Fresh carrots are a rich source of fiber, which helps in controlling blood sugar levels. It also ensures good digestion and prevents stomach-related issues such as constipation.
They also have vitamin A and beta carotene, which can lower your case of diabetes.
Carrots are also said to be great for bone health due to their rich calcium and vitamin K properties.
The rich fiber content in carrots keeps your stomach filled for longer. Therefore, it is a great ingredient to include in your weight loss journey.
Vitamin A present in carrots boosts eye health as well.
Carrots are also good for preventing heart disease and liver disease and strengthening the immune system.
Carrot – Try to make this drink using red carrots. They are available in winter in any Indian grocery store. If not, then you can make it using regular orange carrots too.
Try to get organic carrots for maximum health benefits.
Nuts – Almonds and cashews are ground along with carrots, which adds a creamy and rich texture to the milk.
Milk – To make the carrot milk recipe rich and creamy, use whole milk (full-fat milk). To make it healthier, you can use skim or low-fat milk too. Use plant-based milk like coconut milk, oat milk, or almond milk to make it vegan.
Others – You will also need cloves, sugar, and green cardamom powder.
Adjust sugar as per your taste. Jaggery, brown sugar, agave, honey, or organic maple syrup can be used as a substitute for sugar.
If you do not have green cardamom powder, crush 2-3 green cardamom pods and add them to the milk.
You can add a few saffron strands to this drink as well, as it improves the quality of your sleep and also works as a great anti-depressant.
How To Make Carrot Milk
Discard ½-inch of the top and bottom of 7 oz (200 g) of red carrots. Peel the carrots using a vegetable peeler and rinse them well.
Now chop them into ½-inch cubes.
Gather the remaining ingredients.
Cook The Carrots
Add 7 oz (200 g) peeled and cubed carrots, 5-6 whole cashew nuts, and 5-6 whole almonds to a pan along with 1 cup of water.
Cover the pan with a lid and cook on medium heat for 10-12 minutes until the carrots are tender.
Remove the pan from heat and let the ingredients cool down completely.
Note – I have cooked carrots in a pan, but to fasten the process, you can cook them in a pressure cooker or an instant pot.
Make The Carrot Milk
Transfer the cooled ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
Transfer 1 liter of whole milk and 2 cloves to a pan and heat over medium heat until the milk comes to a boil. Stir frequently to avoid scorching at the bottom of the pan.
Reduce the heat to low.
Add the carrot paste and cook for 10-12 minutes on low heat. Stir frequently.
Add ½ teaspoon cardamom powder and ¼ cup sugar and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
Check the sweetness of the milk and add more sugar if required and cook for another minute.
Pour gajar ka doodh into serving glasses, garnish with slivered almonds and pistachios, and dried edible flowers, and serve hot.
Note – You can strain the milk if you don’t like bits of carrot coming into your mouth.
You can also serve it chilled if you wish to.
Gajar ka doodh tastes best when served hot or chilled.
It makes for a very healthy, filling, and delicious breakfast. You can also enjoy it as a snack whenever hunger strikes in between meals.
It is also a great drink to consume just before you sleep, just like haldi doodh.
Carrot milk will last in the fridge for about 3-4 days when stored in an air-tight container.
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Carrot Milk Recipe (Gajar Ka Doodh)
- 7 ounce red carrots (200 g, peeled and cubed, or yellow carrots if red carrots are not available)
- 5-6 whole cashew nuts
- 5-6 whole almonds
- 1 cup water
- 1 litre whole milk (full-fat milk) (use skim or low-fat milk to make it healthier. Use plant-based milk to make it vegan.)
- 2 cloves
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ¼ cup sugar (or to taste)
Cook The Carrots
- Add carrots, cashew nuts, and almonds to a pan along with 1 cup water.
- Cover the pan with a lid and cook on medium heat for 10-12 minutes until the carrots are tender.
- Remove the pan from heat and let the ingredients cool down completely.
- Note – I have cooked carrots in a pan, but to fasten the process, you can cook them in a pressure cooker or an instant pot.
Make The Carrot Milk
- Transfer the cooled ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
- Transfer milk and cloves to a pan and heat over medium heat until the milk comes to a boil. Stir frequently to avoid scorching.
- Reduce the heat to low.
- Add the carrot paste to the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes on low heat. Stir frequently.
- Add cardamom powder and sugar and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Check the sweetness of the milk and add more sugar if required and cook for another minute.
- Pour the carrot milk in serving glasses, garnish with slivered almonds and pistachios and dried edible flowers, and serve hot. You can also serve it chilled if you wish to.