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Gajar Ka Halwa Recipe

Gajar Ka Halwa also known as Carrot Halwa is one of the most popular Indian desserts and is a delight during the winter months. It is specifically prepared during special occasions such as marriages, parties and festivals. A properly cooked Gajar Ka Halwa takes sometime to cook but the dish is worth the wait.
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Gajar Ka Halwa also known as Carrot Halwa is one of the most popular Indian desserts and is a delight during the winter months. Gajar Ka Halwa is specifically prepared during special occasions such as marriages, parties and festivals. A properly cooked Gajar Ka Halwa takes sometime to cook but the dish is worth the wait. The best part of cooking this dessert is that it requires intermittent attention from your side so you can do other things while it cooks slowly.

Gajar Ka Halwa Recipe

Gajar Ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)

In India, during winter months you can find Gajar Ka Halwa readily available in market shops. Since it is a popular seasonal dessert you can also find it in restaurants and hotels menu under “special section”. Since it is a premium dessert the price is quite high as compared to other sweets and desserts.

The high cost is due to the fact that it is a seasonal dish, requires large quantity of milk, dry fruits and the dish is cooked slowly. But no matter how shops and restaurants would like to price it if you cook this amazing dessert at home it is quite cheap. This is one of those dishes which is quite economic if prepared at home in comparison to buying it from shop. Also, if you prepare this dish at home you can add your favourite extras to enhance the flavour at no-premium cost.

We recommend you to try this at home as we are sure you will fall in love with this dish just like many others out there.

Ingredients to make Gajar Ka Halwa

While the main ingredients of Gajar Ka Halwa is obviously Carrots, Sugar and Clarified Butter, dry fruits and other ingredients mentioned here basically enhances the flavour.

Clarified Butter

Clarified Butter is one of the important ingredients for this dish. It is also known as Ghee in Hindi and is a well known ingredient for cooking. If you are in India we recommend using Amul Ghee for great taste. Now-a-days, in most countries you can easily find Clarified butter though it is slightly different from Pure Ghee. This is because most food companies add a small percentage of vegetable oil to make it fluent and spreadable. If you are living outside India and cannot find Clarified butter you can add butter (preferably unsalted) though the taste may be slightly different (in a good way).

Carrots

Carrots are the main ingredient for this dish. There are few variety of Carrots available in market and usually the Red Carrots available in India are more tasty than Orange variety. Also the Carrots should be fresh so you can grate them easily.

Preparation for Gajar Ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)

To make Gajar Ka Halwa first you need to pour whole milk in a clean utensil and switch on the flame to high to boil the milk.

To make halwa you should use a utensil with thick base. The reason for using a utensil with thick base is to ensure halwa does not stick to it. If the dish gets burnt it will ruin your experience and you would certainly not like to do so after spending so much time in kitchen.

While you are doing preparation for the dish keep an eye on the milk and once it starts boiling lower down the flame.

Boil Milk to start preparing Gajar Ka Halwa
To make the dessert first boil Milk

Gajar Ka Halwa is a simple recipe but requires lot of time to cook and intermittent attention. The best way to save time is to perform these preparation steps while you keep milk for boiling. The key preparation step for this dish is to finely grate carrots using grater.

Ingredients for Gajar Ka Halwa
Ingredients for Gajar Ka Halwa include Milk, Grated Carrots, Clarified Butter, Sugar and dry fruits

Using a grater finely grate carrots and keep them in a separate utensil. As you wait for the milk to boil it is good to utilise your time to finely slice/chop Cashews, Almond and Pistachios into small pieces. If you are planning to use raisins you can also keep them soaked in water for sometime.

How to make Gajar Ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)

To make Gajar ka Halwa, once the milk starts boiling it is time to add grated Carrots to boiled milk. After adding carrots give it a good stir to mix it well.

Add carrot to boiled milk to make Gajar Ka Halwa
Add carrot to boiled milk to make Gajar Ka Halwa

Put the flame on medium or low and let the carrots cooks slowly in milk. As the dish cooks slowly it lets milk and carrot flavours to blend properly. It will take around 45 – 50 mins for the milk to evaporate gradually to a level that you can move on to next steps. So, in the meanwhile you can utilise your time to do some other work such as cooking other dishes for main course while you wait for the halwa to cook.

Every now and then ~ usually 7 – 10 mins you should stir the halwa. This will ensure that Gajar Ka Halwa does not stick to the base of utensil and get burnt. Don’t push too hard if you are not able to stir halwa in exactly 10 mins or so as the time is indicative. All we want to achieve is that the halwa does not stick to the base of the pan and ruin our dish. So till the time we are able to do so, we should be fine with how often you plan to stir the halwa.

Gently stir the dish to ensure it does not stick to base of pan
Gently stir the dish to ensure it does not stick to base of pan

While cooking halwa you will see thin layer of milk cream crust forming on the sides of the utensil. When it does, use a spatula to gently scrub it off and add it to the halwa at the same time. Let it cook and repeat this as and when enough crust is formed on the sides of the utensil. Adding this crust will help make halwa thicker.

Now, once the milk reduces to 1/4th and the halwa becomes thicker it is time to add Sugar to it. After adding Sugar stir it well with a spatula and cook it for another 5 mins.

Add Sugar to boiled carrots to make Gajar Ka Halwa
Add Sugar to boiled carrots

After cooking for 5 more mins it is time to add some Clarified butter to it. Add Clarified butter to the halwa and give it a good stir to mix it well. Now, let it cook for another 10 – 15 mins. You will see some Clarified butter floating on top, so you can occasionally stir it in between. Based on the quantity of halwa you should be generous in adding Clarified butter.

Add Clarified butter after adding Sugar to make Gajar Ka Halwa
Add Clarified butter after adding Sugar and give it a good stir

If you add less amount of Clarified butter aka Ghee Gajar Ka Halwa might not taste like a dessert but more like boiled carrots.

To make Gajar Ka Halwa many people add Mawa/Khoya while making the dish. Adding Mawa makes halwa more thick and granular. This is an optional ingredient and may give slightly different texture and taste to the dish. One of the benefit that Mawa serves is to reduce your cook time by 10 – 15 mins. Also, if you are planning to add Mawa you may want to reduce the quantity of milk.

There are no major benefits of using Mawa and hence we do not recommend using it. Instead we suggest to use more quantity of milk as it helps blend the carrot and milk flavours as the dish is cooked slowly.

However, if you still want to use Mawa then now is the time to add it to the dish. Before adding Mawa, you must first grate it using grater and then add it to the halwa so it mixes properly.

Since we did not add Mawa hence we used good quantity of milk to make the dish. As already mentioned, in our personal opinion you should use good quantity of milk to get best flavour for this dish.

Now it is time to add some dry fruits. Add sliced Cashews, Almonds, Raisin, Pistachio and Cardamom powder to Gajar Ka Halwa and stir it well.

Add dry fruits to Gajar Ka Halwa for additional flavour
Add dry fruits to Gajar Ka Halwa for additional flavour

This will ensure nuts mix properly. Let the halwa cook for another few mins. Once there is very less milk left in the pan your dessert is ready. Don’t let all the milk evaporate else the halwa will be very dry and will not taste good.

By now you should be able to see some milk and clarified butter in the halwa which is the indicator that your dessert is ready.

Your Gajar Ka Halwa is now ready so turn off the flame.

Sweet! It is time to add some garnish and serve it hot. For garnishing add some crushed pistachios on top. Your colourful and awesome dessert is ready to rock n roll.

Before serving add crushed pistachios on top for garnishing Gajar Ka Halwa
Before serving add crushed pistachios on top for garnishing Gajar Ka Halwa

Chef Recommendation for Gajar Ka Halwa

  • You can use skimmed milk to reduce calories especially if you are weight conscious
  • If you are Diabetic and still want to enjoy this dish you can use sweetener in place of Sugar however you may want to still take it in small quantity
  • If you are allergic to nuts you can either remove them completely or only use raisin 
  • We did not use Mawa/Khoya in our recipe as it is an optional ingredient. If you use good quantity of milk, Mawa is optional.
  • We used fine granular Sugar which is easy to mix. You should ensure Sugar mixes well based on which type of Sugar is available to you.
  • Ensure you use fresh sweet Carrots to cook the dish.
  • The colour of this dish depends on the colour of Carrot used to cook the dish. We had Orange Carrots available and used it make the dessert. Usually in Indian sub-continent you get Red Carrots.
  • You can easily store halwa for 1 week in refrigerator.
  • This is a winter dessert as you will have access to good sweet carrots during the season.

Users Ask

Is Gajar Ka Halwa healthy?

Though Gajar Ka Halwa is made using milk and carrots which are good source of Vitamins the dish is certainly not healthy. When we talk about a dish being healthy we consider two factors – weight gain and nutritional benefits. The dish is a delight as it tastes good but can easily lead to weight gain and has low nutritional benefits. The dish is not considered healthy as contains large quantity of Sugar, Clarified butter and is slow cooked which reduces the nutrients in it.

If you consume halwa in moderate quantities and occasionally it is a good to have dessert. After all, a little sugar occasionally helps put in good mood.

Is Gajar Ka Halwa good for weight loss?

If you are planning for weight loss we suggest staying away from Gajar Ka Halwa. Gajar Ka Halwa is not good for weight loss. This is due to the fact that the dessert is quite addictive and calorie rich. However you can eat it occasionally in small quantity.

Can we eat Gajar Ka Halwa in fast or Vrat?

Yes you can eat Gajar Ka Halwa in fast since it contains all ingredients which are mostly allowed during fast or Vrat. Since fasting is a personal subject we let you decide for yourself if you should eat it during fast or not.

Can I eat Gajar Ka Halwa during pregnancy?

No, you should avoid sweets during pregnancy as your blood sugar may already be high during this time. Gajar Ka Halwa is a sweet dish and could easily increase your blood sugar. We suggest to wait for sometime and enjoy it after pregnancy.

What goes well with Gajar Ka Halwa?

Since Gajar Ka Halwa is a sweet dish, it goes well with or after a spicy dinner. It will cool down hots from the spices and you will love it this way.

How long can you keep Gajar Ka Halwa in fridge?

You can easily keep Gajar Ka Halwa for at-least a week in fridge. However, this is all subjected to local weather conditions and you must take this into account while storing the dessert. As this dish is made from milk it can easily get spoilt if not refrigerated properly.

In case you smell foul odour, find change in its taste or texture it is very likely the dish is spoilt. Do not eat spoilt dish else it may cause food poisoning.

Is Gajar Ka Halwa served hot or cold?

Since Gajar Ka Halwa is a winter dish it is best served hot. You can reheat the halwa multiple times and it is best to serve it with or after a spicy dinner. We recommend to reheat only required quantity else the halwa will become dry after reheating it few times.

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Gajar Ka Halwa Recipe

Gajar Ka Halwa also known as Carrot Halwa is one of the most popular Indian desserts and is a delight during the winter months. It is specifically prepared during special occasions such as marriages, parties and festivals. A properly cooked Gajar Ka Halwa takes sometime to cook but the dish is worth the wait.
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Course: Dessert, Food Recipes, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Meenu

Ingredients

Main Ingredients for Gajar Ka Halwa

  • 750 g Carrot Gajar
  • 1.5 l Whole Milk
  • 12 tbsp Sugar Cheeni
  • 15 g Cashew Kaju
  • 10 g Almond Badam
  • 10 g Raisin Kishmish
  • 10 g Pistachio Pista
  • ½ tsp Cardamom powder Elaichi powder
  • 3 tbsp Clarified Butter Ghee

Optional Ingredients for Gajar Ka Halwa

  • 100 g Mawa / Khoa / Khoya Optional

Instructions

Preparation Steps to make Gajar Ka Halwa

  • Pour milk in a clean utensil with thick base (else halwa may stick easily while preparing and ruin your dish) and put it on gas.
    1.5 l Whole Milk
  • Finely grate carrots using grater in a separate utensil and wait for the milk to boil.
    750 g Carrot
  • Slice / chop Cashew, Almond and Pistachios into small pieces.
    15 g Cashew, 10 g Almond, 10 g Pistachio

How to make Gajar Ka Halwa

  • To make Gajar ka Halwa, once you are done with the preparation steps and the milk starts boiling, add grated Carrots to it and stir it to mix it well.
  • Make the gas simmer so that Gajar Ka Halwa cooks slowly. Keep stirring the halwa in sometime – usually 7 – 10 mins. This will ensure that Gajar Ka Halwa does not stick to the base of utensil.
  • While cooking you may see thin milk cream crust getting formed on the sides of the utensil. Use spatula to gently scrub it off and add it to the halwa. Let it cook and repeat this as and when enough crust is formed. This will make halwa thicker.
  • Once the milk will reduce to 1/4th and become thick it is time to add Sugar. Stir it well and cook it for 5 mins.
    12 tbsp Sugar
  • Now it is time to add Clarified butter. Add Clarified butter to halwa and stir it to mix it well. Let it cook for another 10 – 15 mins.
    3 tbsp Clarified Butter
  • If you would like to make more thicker and granular Gajar Halwa you may want to add Mawa. This is an optional ingredient and may give slightly different texture and taste to the dish. If you want to add Mawa then now is the time to add it. Before adding Mawa, first grate it and then add it to the halwa.
    100 g Mawa / Khoa / Khoya
  • Now add Cashew, Almonds, Raisin, Pistachio and Cardamom powder to Gajar Ka Halwa.
    15 g Cashew, 10 g Almond, 10 g Raisin, ½ tsp Cardamom powder, 10 g Pistachio
  • Stir Gajar Ka Halwa well so that the nuts mix properly and wait till the time there is very less milk left in the pan. Don't let all the milk evaporate else the halwa will be very dry and will not taste good.
  • Your Gajar Ka Halwa is now ready so turn off the flame. Sweet! Well, that is all you need to make Gajar Ka Halwa.

Notes

  • You can use skimmed milk to reduce calories especially if you are weight conscious
  • If you are Diabetic and still want to enjoy this dish you can use sweetener in place of Sugar however you may want to still take it in small quantity
  • If you are allergic to nuts you can either remove them completely or only use raisin 
  • We did not use Mawa/Khoya in our recipe as it is an optional ingredient. If you use good quantity of milk, Mawa is optional.
  • We used fine granulated Sugar which gets mixed easily so you should ensure Sugar mixes well based on which type of Sugar is available to you.
  • Ensure you use fresh sweet Carrots to cook the dish.
  • The colour of this dish depends on the colour of Carrot used to cook the dish. We had Orange Carrots available and used it make the dessert. Usually in Indian sub-continent you get Red Carrots.
  • You can easily store halwa for 1 week in refrigerator.
  • This is a winter dessert as you will have access to good sweet carrots during the season.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 300kcal (15%) | Carbohydrates: 38g (13%) | Protein: 8g (16%) | Fat: 14g (22%) | Saturated Fat: 7g (44%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 33mg (11%) | Sodium: 146mg (6%) | Potassium: 594mg (17%) | Fiber: 3g (13%) | Sugar: 32g (36%) | Vitamin A: 15971IU (319%) | Vitamin C: 6mg (7%) | Calcium: 249mg (25%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)
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