450g/1 Ib carrots, peeled and grated
600ml/ 1 pint skimmed milk
50g/2 oz sugar
1 tablespoon rapeseed oil
1/4 teaspoon saffron
1 teaspoon cardamom, coarsely ground
8 almonds, sliced
1 teaspoon pistachio nuts, sliced
1. Place the carrots in a large saucepan. Add the milk and cook, partly covered, over a low to medium heat, for about 1 hour or until the milk had evaporated.
2. Stir in the sugar with a wooden spoon and cook for another 10 minutes, adding the oil to stop it sticking.
3. Add the saffron and cardamom and mix well. Place in a shallow serving dish, and sprinkle with almonds and pistachio nuts.
4. Serve hot or cold.
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Cooking or frying with ghee and butter and
adding them to dishes, increases the amount of saturated fat in your diet which could raise
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We recommend grilling your food instead of
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rapeseed oil, corn oil or sunflower
oil instead of butter or ghee and
carefully measuring the oil you use with a spoon
to help you manage the level of saturated fat in the food you cook for your
Too much salt
This will probably come as no surprise to you but eating too
much salt can give you high blood
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Take care with the amount of salt you use in cooking, and don't
add it at the table.
TIP: Slowly reduce the amount of salt you add each
day, and try adding more herbs and spices to bump
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