Gajar ka halwa or carrot halwa is a classic Indian sweet dish made with freshly grated carrots, ghee, and milk, as well as khoya and sugar. This carrot-based sweet dessert pudding is creamy and decadent. Gajar ka halwa is a popular dessert in India, especially during the winter months when the market is flooded with carrots. It is also known as gajar pak, gajrela, gajorer halua and many other names.
The halwa tastes the best when it is cooked by mom. I remember in my childhood every winter we used have carrot halwa quite often. Even in my college days when I used to come home, my mother used to prepare this dish especially for me.
Now following my mother's tradition, I prepare gajar ka halwa at least once during Winter months. Recently, I was craving for this halwa, especially looking at all the food posts in different social media. I could have it in a restaurant but frankly speaking my taste buds do not satiate with them. I feel they cook grated carrots in sugar syrup instead of milk (cost cutting idea I guess) and later sprinkle grated khoya on top which is quite awful.
As it takes a bit time (grating, slow cooking) and is high in calories, I try to make at least once or twice during winter to keep my taste buds and weighing scale in check.
Here I am answering few questions which will help a novice while cooking gajar a halwa.
Which types of carrots should be used for gajar ka halwa recipe?
Fresh red juicy carrots, which are plentiful during the winter months, are ideal for making gajar ka halwa because they are naturally sweet. However, you can prepare carrot halwa using regular orange carrots. This time I have used orange carrots as I got them in nearby market.
Can I use condensed milk in gajar ka halwa preparation?
Many people use condensed milk in gajar ka halwa preparation. The recipe of carrot halwa I have shared does not contain condensed milk.
However, if you want to use condensed milk, you have to reduce the quantity of milk, khoya and sugar to balance the taste. Use of milkmaid reduces the cooking time of the halwa.
Can I store Carrot Halwa?
Yes you can store carrot halwa in refrigerator in an airtight container for 10 to 12 days.
You can take out the required portion in a microwave safe bowl and microwave it for few seconds before consuming it and keep the remaining portion in the refrigerator to consume later.
You can also have it chilled.
How can I serve gajar ka halwa?
Gajar ka halwa is served at the end of the meal as a dessert. Some prefer to have it as warm, and some prefer chilled. You can also served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
You can also stuff patishapta (Bengali style crepe) with this decadent halwa.
Gajar Ka Halwa | Carrot Halwa
- 500 gms Carrot
- 750 ml Milk
- 50 gms Khoya or Mawa (Milk Solids) grated
- ⅔ cup Sugar Adjust as per your taste bud
- 8-10 nos Cashew Nuts
- 8-10 nos Raisins
- 2-3 tablespoon Ghee (Clarified Butter)
- Peel the carrots and grate them. Leave the grated carrot aside for 30 minutes.
- Dry roast the cashew nuts in ghee and keep them aside.
- Now heat ghee in a wok and add the grated carrots. Fry them for 5-8 minutes and put the cardamom powder.
- Then add the milk and cook under slow flame until the milk evaporates. Keep on stirring in between to avoid sticking to the pan.
- Now add the sugar and grated khoya. Allow to mix them evenly with other ingredients while continuously stirring it.
- Switch off the gas before the halwa dries up completely. Add the raisins and roasted cashew nuts. Serve it either hot or cool.
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Gajar Halwa is a favourite in our house in the cold months. Absolutely loved your version and will be making it again and again
It is such a deliciously creamy recipe for traditional Indian sweets. I love carrot halwa in winters, heartwarming dessert. I ma so glad to see this with orange carrots as it is easily available.
That gajar halwas turned out delicious. I loved how quickly everything came together. I liked using khoya in my gajar halwa. Thanks for the recipe.
Glad I stumbled on this traditional sweet recipe. It dawned on me that this winter I have not made Gajar ka Halwa. And voila today I made gajar ka halwa and ate to my heart's content. The flavors of winter carrots are just too good. Thanks fr the inspiration and prompt.
I wanted to make gajar ka halwa one last time this year before fresh red Indian carrots disappear from the market. Came across your recipe at the right time and tried it. It tasted quite similar to the way my mom made halwa tastes. Loved it. I will make it again.
I was craving for some gajar ka halwa and found your recipe. It turned out absolutely amazing. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe.
Gajar ka halwa is a winter must try recipe. I always make it without khoya and after reading your recipe I this time tried with khoya and it turned out amazing.
Amrita, made this delicious gajar ka halwa last night but without the khoya as didn't get any. However, with just milk, it took just a bit longer to cook, but the family just loved it.
Carrot halwa is one dessert we relish and I too make it twice a year. Lovely one, the traditionally made one tastes best.
Pass the glass of gajar halwa after all proof of the pudding is eating it. ? Love the yummy halwa and it is something quintessential Indian winter.
Nothing beats a spoonful of gajar ka halwa for dessert in winter.i love your idea of stuffing patishapta with it.
Hi fi to what you said abt restaurant gajar halwa. I also like to prepare gajar halwa the traditional way by slow cooking in milk and then adding khoya and the dry fruits . I am craving badly for a warm bowl of gajar halwa after seeing your post
Delicious looking inviting gajar ka halwa. Love how easy it is to make it and mostly everyone loves it hot or topped with ice cream.