January 10, 2013

Gajar halwa recipe - How to make carrot halwa

Gajar halwa in a serving plate
Gajar halwa recipe - Carrot halwa is a very popular traditional Indian dessert made with carrots, milk, ghee and sugar. This is another easy carrot recipe that can be prepared quickly. Saute the carrots in ghee, then add the milk and sugar and simmer till the mixture becomes thick. The addition of proper amount of sugar takes this halwa to the next level. The cardamom powder adds an extra flavor to this dessert. 

This halwa is very delicious with a soft texture to melt in the mouth. This is my family favourite and when carrots are in season, I make it to serve as a dessert. When it comes to making halwa, I always prefer to use Delhi carrots which is better for halwa in comparison to Mahabaleshwar carrots.

Preparation time 15 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes
yield - serves 2

  • 2 cups grated carrots / gajar
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tbsp ghee 
  • 1/2  cup sugar 
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tbsp roasted cashews and pistachios

1.  Wash, peel and grate the carrots.
grated carrots

2.  Heat ghee in a  pan and add grated carrots. Stir continuously for 10 minutes.
frying the carrots

3.  When the carrots begin to leave the sides, add the milk and sugar. Simmer the milk on medium flame till the mixture become thick. Stir in between to prevent it from burning.
add milk and sugar

4.  When the mixture is thick and begins to leave the sides of the pan, remove from the flame. 
simmer till dry

5.  Add the cardamom powder. Mix well. Garnish the gajar halwa with roasted cashews, pistachios and serve.

garnish with dry fruits, gajar halwa ready to serve

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