Gajar/Carrot halwa

Hey guys! Hope you all are doing well? Carrots are available in abundant in winters and the juicy red carrots call out to you. The most common and famous sweet/dessert we normally make during the winters using these carrots is Gajar ka Hawla (Carrot ka Halwa). It a sweet/dessert dish made using the long red carrots (not the small orange ones) in which you basically boil the carrots in milk and let them cook in it. The process is a bit lengthy but the taste is worth it! A bowl full of this sweet dish can satisfy your sweet tooth and hunger pangs. Yes it full of calories and I would suggest not to try and find out an alternative to it. However if you are health conscious you can make it using low fat milk and instead of sugar you can use stevia. It is while it warm and later you can microwave it and eat it, as it is a recipe for the winters. You can have it with icecream (Yes you heard it right!), take a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a scoop of gajar ka halwa on top of it. It tastes amazing. Follow the recipe as given and you will get the perfect Gajar ka Halwa. So lets get cooking..

Ingredients:

Carrots – 2 kg

Milk – 2 litres

Mawa (Eavporated Milk) – 200 grams

Sugar – 1/2 kg

Ghee/Clarified Butter – 1 cup

Cardamom Powder – 1 tbsp

Chopped Nuts (Almonds, cashews and raisins) – 2 cups

Method:

1) Peel the carrots. Grate the carrots taking care you do not grate the middle white portion. Grate around the white part as the white part will make the halwa bitter.

2) In a broad wok take the ghee. Add in the grated carrots and then add the milk.

3) Add the milk to this carrots and on low lame let the mixture boil and simmer. The carrots will start to cook in the milk and become soft.

4) Keep stirring in between. Cook till all the milk is almost absorbed by the carrots (approximately 25 minutes). At this stage add the mawa, sugar and cardamom powder and mix it well. Let it cook again till the milk is completely absorbed by the carrots and the sugar has completely dissolved.

5) Now switch off the gas and sprinkle the nuts. and mix in it roughly. Serve warm.

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49 Comments Add yours

  1. Alpana Deo says:

    This Gajar Halwa looks yummy. Today only I made my last batch of Gajar Halwa. I use Condensed milk instead if milk and skip sugar. It makes the cooking faster. Halwa with Vanilla Ice-cream reminds me of the Indian wedding we used to attend as kids. I never tried that combination but have seen people relishing it.

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    1. shail says:

      Halwa with ice cream is very delicious you should try it out. I have never used condensed milk in gajar ka halwa. I always use this longer method. Will try out with condensed milk.

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  2. Abhijit Ray says:

    Gajar ka halwa is deliciously sinful. Who doesnt like it? Thank you for sharing the recipe. Only form of gajar that is liked by all.

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    1. shail says:

      So true! 😀😀

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  3. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna says:

    This is all my all time favorite . I had heard a lot about stevia but never tried it . is it safe for all age group and did is not causes any side effects? if it is safe then will surly try this when make gajar ka halwa next time.

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    1. shail says:

      I have used stevia only once before. I normally use sugar. Yes it is safe.

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  4. Prerna Wahi says:

    Gajar ka halwa is my favourite for winter months. I’m now craving it too!

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    1. shail says:

      Thanks a lot…

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  5. timble123 says:

    Carrots are in good supply during winters . They taste better also. will try the halwa.

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  6. I have made gajar ka halwa twice and now looking at your post feel like making it one more time..hopefully last time, though it is awesomely delicious but too time consuming. Sometimes when I don’t have Khoya, i used double the quantity of milk and it takes double the cooking time….gosh

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    1. shail says:

      It takes time to cook but is worth it. Make it while you get the carrots. 😀

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  7. Monidipa Dutta says:

    I can’t make gajar ka halwa but I can’t make it. I can try at least with this recipe!

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    1. shail says:

      Do try it out!

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  8. Cindy DSilva says:

    Coincidentally, I just prepared gajar halwa last week and my kids loved it. Also, I have a similar bowl like yours!

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    1. shail says:

      That’s great! A bowl of halwa is the best. 😀

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  9. Harjeet Kaur says:

    One of my favourite Indian desserts to make. I don’t add mawa..I add condensed milk or cream. This looks awesome my dear.

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    1. shail says:

      Thanks a lot! I have never tried it with condensed milk mostly I use Mawa.😀😀

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  10. Ritu says:

    Looks delish, Shail. I do not particularly like sweets, but gajrela is the one thing I always look forward to in winter. Although we do get carrots all year round now.

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    1. shail says:

      Wow that’s great! You can enjoy the halwa all around the year then. 😀

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  11. Vasumathi says:

    The perfect recipe for this season. Here we don’t get the red carrots during other times – it is available only during winters. Sinful but yummy!!! One of the few sweets that I love.

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    1. shail says:

      Yes the red carrots are mostly available in winters. Hence make the best use of it. 😀😀

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  12. Archana says:

    Aha! Gajar halwa, I am drooling over the tempting images of it. For me, Gajar Halwa is one of the reasons for adding a Lil more charm to the winters. I never knew that we shouldn’t grate that middle whitish part of the carrot, next time I have to keep this tip n my mind before grating. Thanks for sharing another equally delicious recipe for us.

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    1. shail says:

      Thanks a lot…😀😀

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  13. This post left me drooling and now am craving a hot piping bowl of this yummy dessert, 🙂

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    1. shail says:

      Thanks a lot!

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  14. We just prepared gajar ka halwa on mom’s birthday. Winters and gajar ka halwa has some special connection. I agree the process is lengthy but the results are worth the mehnat 🙂 never tried with ice-cream though, will give it a try.

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    1. shail says:

      Do try it with the ice cream. Tastes really yum! 😊😊

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      1. Sonia Madaan says:

        In winters the must dessert. Hot Gajar ka halwa in winters is a ritual can say. We do prepare the same way. Having with ice cream amazed me, will try. Thanks for sharing.

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      2. shail says:

        Thanks a lot!

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  15. Abha Mondal says:

    I have never tried gazar halwa with icecream. Will try it for sure. I have used stevia with curd but never in any sweet dish.

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    1. shail says:

      Do try it out!

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  16. Yummy in pictures and now it has to into my tummy. Heading into the kitchen to prepare my evening snack for sure

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    1. shail says:

      Thanks a lot!

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  17. The first sweet I prepared without any help, brings back sweet memories, I use milk only, will try with Mawa next time. Loved the colour your halwa has! YUM!

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    1. shail says:

      Thanks a lot

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  18. Gajar halwa is my seasonal favourite, loved having it warm!

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  19. Sivaranjini Anandan says:

    Very yummy recipe than for sharing.😊

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    1. shail says:

      Thanks a lot!

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  20. I also made this halwa twice this season .I don’t add mawa..I add condensed milk or cream. I tried with jaggery powder this time

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  21. Amritha Srinath says:

    Wow, that’s such a delicious gajar halwa, thanks for the recipe. I had made them yesterday at home for Sunday Desert.

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    1. shail says:

      Thanks a lot

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  22. Perfect winter dessert for me. Wonderful presentation and easy to flow steps. Good going dear.

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    1. shail says:

      Thanks a lot

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  23. I already made it thrice this season and it’s a definite hit at home. Thank you for the recipe.

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  24. Bhawna Shah says:

    This is really mouthwatering. When winter comes everybody think of gajar ka halwa. I too made around 4 to 5 times since the initial days of winter.

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  25. Rekha says:

    All time favorite sweet… delicious…😋😋😋

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    1. shail says:

      Thanks a lot!

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