Gajar ka Halwa | Carrot Halwa | Carrot Pudding | गाजर का हलवा

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Winter brings with it so many reasons to celebrate. I love the fresh vegetable options in winters like Carrot, Cauliflower, Peas, Radish, Green Veggies and many more.

Gajar ka Halwa is one such delicacy which is commonly prepared in winters in Northern India when good Red Carrots comes in the market. I have many fond memories associated with the preparation of Gajar ka Halwa. 

Its a 2 days process in my home. First day, we prepare the Khoya (evaporated milk) and next day, we start with the slow cooking of the Halwa by adding Milk and Carrot in the Kadhai (pan) and then at the end, we add the Khoya. And the outcome is heavenly taste.

Today, I am going to show you the traditional way of making the Gajar ka Halwa; here in this version, I have not added the Khoya also. You can also make the quick version of it by first steaming the grated Carrots in microwave and then cook it with condensed Milk.

I prefer to grate my Carrots but you can use the food processor to grate the Carrots as it reduces the time and effort. :)

Gajar ka Halwa Recipe

Recipe Cuisine: North Indian  |  Recipe Category: Desserts
Prep Time 20 Mins  |  Cooking time: 1.5 to 2 hours  Serves: 6-7

  • Carrots । गाजर  - 1 kg or 5 cups.
  • Full cream milk । दूध - 1 kg or 4 cups
  • Sugar । शक्कर - 220 grams or 12-14 tbsp or you can add as per your taste.
  • Clarified butter / ghee । घी - 2 tablespoons
  • Cardamom pod । इलायची - 4 crushed into powder
  • Mixed Nuts । काजू बादाम  - hand full
  • Khoya / Evaporated milk । मावा  - 1/2 cup (optional)
  1. Wash, peel and grate the carrots and chop the Dry Fruits roughly.
  2. In a heavy bottom pan (preferably Non Stick pan), add 2 tabspoons Ghee and turn on the flame. Once the ghee is nice and hot, turn the flame to medium low and add the grated Carrots and saute it for 5-7 minutes till it changes it's colour slightly.
  3. Add Milk and turn the flame to high and bring one boil to the milk, now turn the flame to medium low and let the carrots cook in the milk. Stir occasionally to avoid the milk getting stuck at bottom.
  4. Once the milk reduces to 60 percent, add Sugar and Nuts; Stir constantly on the medium flame.
  5. Optionally, you can add Khoya at this stage. I have not added though.
  6. Once all the moisture gets evaporated, and you see the Ghee oozing out on the side, add Cardamom Powder, mix well and switch off the flame. I have missed to click the picture at this stage.
  7. Gajar ka Halwa is ready. Serve it hot, warm or cold as per your preference.

Step by Step Photos:

Wash and Peel the Carrots

Grate the Carrots

Add Ghee in the pan and then add all the grated Carrots and saute for 5-7 minutes till the Carrots change the colour slightly and you will get a nice sweet aroma.

Notice the colour change.

Add milk and turn the flame to high to bring one boil to the milk.

After one boil, turn the flame to medium low and cook till it reduces to 60% and stir in between.

Now add sugar

Add Dry Fruits and once all the moisture get evaporated, add Cardamom powder and mix well.

Serve Carrot Halwa hot or warm.

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