Carrot and Date Halwa and Big News!!

I decided to try making halwa today for hubby as traditionally sweets are eaten on Diwali and we don't have any Indian sweet shops near by. I used the recipe on Cooking for all Seasons, its a wonderful Indian food blog and I just knew Shrivalli would have a good recipe, she was the lovely food blogger I had the pleasure of meeting in Chennai. It was easy to make and delicious :-)


  • about 1 1/2 cups of grated carrot
  • 4 large dates mashed
  • one cup of sugar 
  • 2 cups of milk
  • a little butter, ghee would have been better
  • a few almonds, I didn't have cashew nuts

  1. grate the carrot and mash with dates
  2. heat one cup of milk for 2 minutes in the microwave and add to carrot leave for 5 minutes
  3. add mixture for 5 minutes to microwave and add extra milk as needed
  4. after about 10 minutes add the sugar and return for 3 minutes, stop every couple of minutes to check its OK and stir, the milk will evaporate and it will slowly thicken.
  5. meanwhile heat some butter and toast the nuts
  6. after 15-20 minutes of cooking mix in the nuts and its done.
For a more detailed post with pictures of each stage be sure to visit Carrot Halwa

The Big News is the Chow and Chatter Recipe app, was approved by apple and is now available in the apple store!!! for a special introductory price of only 99 cents :-)
This has been a dream of mine to make something cool and from my heart it features over 80 recipes from chow and chatter, you can search by cuisine, ingredient and dish. I hope you like it consider getting it and reviewing and spread the word it would mean the World to me. I saved up and paid for it, and between us it wasn't cheap but I took a risk hoping folks will enjoy it.

Now to write a Press release any ideas? anyone done one before?

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  1. Oh cool...I just downloaded it.

  2. That is VERY cool, congrats on your app! I would so download it if I was using an iPhone instead of a BlackBerry hehe.

  3. It sounds like a really delicious halwa.
    O, and congrats on the app :)

  4. That fabulous Rebecca. It just goes to show if you dream high and work hard, dreams do come true. I'm an SO proud of you. An Apple APP - wow and double wow. Can we say we knew you "when"?

    I really want an IPhone. Maybe it will happen if Verizon gets it. In the mountains we can't get reception from AT&T. Sad but true.

  5. Que plato más estupendo, esto me lo apunto pero para muy pronto. Que rico se ve.


  6. YAY!! Congras. but I use an android phone.... :(

  7. wow, that's so exciting! Congrats!

  8. That halwa sounds fantastic! I love that stuff.

    Congrats on the iphone app! Wish I had an iphone to download it onto!

  9. Rebecca...that is so SO awesome! If I had an iPhone, I'd totally get it! congratulations...and the halwa looks delicious :D

  10. congrats on your iphone app! so cool! if i had an iphone, i'd get it for sure. so fantastic!!

  11. Very, very cool!

    I plan to get the iphone before the end of the year and I WILL download it when I do for sure!

    Good for you!!!!!!

  12. Congratulations, Rebecca!! I wish I had an iPhone but I hope to maybe get one next year when Verizon gets with the program, haha. I wish you tons of luck with your new app! I would be happy to help you spread the word :)

  13. This sounds absolutely delicious! Fantastic combination!

  14. Carrot and Date Halwa sounds utterly delicious. Thank you for the very nice comment at Chef Dennis' blog. :)
    I look forward to reading more delicious posts from you.

  15. if I had an I-phone you would have my 99 cents - CONGRATULATIONS - this is so cool!

  16. Boy miss fancy pants! LOL I had a dream you were with child, so I thought you were going to announce that :) this is so cool, but the other would be as well!

  17. Congratulations, Rebecca! That is so exciting. I wish I had an IPhone too.

    I think I would love the Halwa!

  18. woohoo, congrats on the app!

    plus, happy diwali to you and your family!

    the carrot halwa looks fab!

  19. Ok, that's really, really cool Rebeccah! I can't say as I've ever done a press release before. I'm sure you'll figure it out though and it will be awesome!

  20. Rebecca, that sounds really cool! Congratulations!

  21. that's so exciting, congratulations! and this looks just delicious!

  22. Congratulations on your iPhone App! Very big news.

  23. How neat that you're on the iphone! Congratulations! Now my hubby's company's software will track the users of your app LOL

  24. Hi Rebecca! I said I was going to visit and it looks like I picked the perfect time to do it! I am so excited for you! I don't have an Iphone or Droid, but i know plenty of people who do who love apps like this. I will share this information on my next week's thoughts on friday link love post at a moderate life so if anyone has an Iphone they can totally check this out! Good luck with it! Alex@amoderatelife

  25. Bo oh thanks so much beaming :-)
    Kimberly oh no worries
    Belinda thanks smiles
    Indie. oh thanks so much
    Zurin thanks very sweet of u
    thanks Sam your support and friendship means the world to me
    Jose thanks so much and thanks so much for reading
    Penny oh no worries
    simply life thanks
    Joanne maybe one day
    girlichef thanks so much love ya
    emily oh thanks for the supprt means alot
    vrinda thanks same to u
    design wine and dine oh you will love the iphone and thanks for your support
    Victoria thanks girlie spread the word
    dimah thanks
    Michael no worries nice to meet u
    Christo thanks :-)
    chef E he he who knows one day
    savoring time in the kitchen saved some for u
    fortheloveofyum oh thanks same to u'
    Julie thanks will let u know
    Angie thanks
    teresa thanks
    Lynn yep I think so lol
    5 star foodie neat
    a moderate life aw thanks very kind of u

  26. Congratulations! How exciting! I'll definitely check it out.

  27. The recipe looks delicious :)

    I'm so excited for your app! How lucky are you!!! I don't have an iphone but I do have an ipad. I will definitely buy it!

  28. wow cool, thats so great! love carr halwa, looks delish have anice week end

  29. That is so great, Rebecca! Congratulations!

  30. Congrats Rebecca. I'm afraid I don't have an iphone either. Best of luck with the app.

  31. Awesome! Congrats! I too use a Blackberry, sorry!! But I would totally download it - Ok, so your next mission is to make a blckberry app so I can download it. ; )

  32. Barbara thanks so much let me know what you think
    Nutmeg Nanny aw thanks means alot to me
    peannuts saved some for u my friend hugs
    Barbara thanks so much
    Janice thanks :-)
    Trix he he maybe in future thanks for the kind words

  33. Oh i loveee the carrot halwa but the news totally excited me !!
    Ok ur the best and u totally deserve this!!
    Super cool , i dont use an iphone but if i ever do ,i'll take it surely
    COngrats and bask in babe!

  34. So impressive! That's really great.

  35. sugar plum fairy aw thanks very kind of u
    Beth thanks so much

  36. Looks yummy! I love dates! And carrot halwa! Happy, belated, diwali!

  37. I was searching for a carrot& dates halwa recipe
    And got exactly the one I want. This
    Sounds like a simple& yummy receipt. I am
    Going to try it now. Thanks a bunch!
    - Riya. .


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