Carrot Sweets or Halwa Jizar


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I was looking for this recipe for many years, and after asking many people from different parts of Iraq, I fond one that my husband likes so much, he eats the whole plate. I have tasted this one time and loved it. My husband on the other hand, has tasted all of it…..and then it is gone. I am for sure not complaining, I use him to taste everything I am cooking. Either way, I never knew that carrots could be done this way, I did know about carrot cake, but this is more like a carrot pudding, or a carrot custard so to say. It is amazing. It really is, and it goes wonderful with tea or chai…which ever you like to call it. Enjoy the recipe and pictures and at least try it once!! You will not regret it.

2 lbs of carrots shredded
2 cups of sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 c butter
1/2 cornstarch
1 to 2 tsp cardamom
1 tsp rosewater

garnish with toasted walnuts or pistachios and or coconut

first thing you will put the carrots in a medium pot with just enough water to cover them, about 3 1/2 to 4 cups. Bring them to a boil and then turn it down to simmer for about 30 mins. Drain them when done, into a colander fitted into a bowl as to not lose the water from the carrots. Set it aside.

then using the carrot water you will make it into a syrup by dissolving the sugar into 2 cups of the reserved liquid. if you need more add more liquid.

while that is cooking, in a heavy bottom sauce pan melt the butter on medium heat and stir on the cornstarch until it starts to change color so about 10 mins. Fold in the drained carrots and mix very well.

Pour the syrup mix into the carrots mixture and keep it cooking on medium. Make sure you are stirring occasionally until the mixture is thickened and the carrots become somewhat transparent, or about 30 minutes. Add the rosewater and cardamom.

Spread it into a large dish and garnish and cut into wedges or squares. ENJOY!!!

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