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Carrot halwa | Gajar ka halwa

Carrot halwa is a popular dessert made by sauteing carrots, simmering carrots with milk to get a rich delicious gajar ka halwa. Gajar halwa is one of the most popular deserts served in any party or wedding or any other celebration. Carrot halwa is also known as gajar halwa or gajar ka halwa.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
AuthorSharmilee J


  • 2 cups carrots grated tighly packed
  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk boiled and cooled
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp ghee
  • 1/4 cup khoya optional
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 2 tbsp nuts


  • Wash carrots well, trim the edges and peel off the skin.Grate it using a grater.In a pan or pressure cooker, heat 2 tsp of ghee add chopped nuts.Fry until golden.
  • Remove and set aside.In the same pan add grated carrots, saute for 5-7mins or until it shrinks a bit and the colors changes.
  • Add milk.Keep the flame in low medium for the milk to reduce.It will nicely bubble and start reducing slowly,stir on and off.Keep scraping the sides.
  • When the milk is almost reduced add khoya mix well.Then add sugar.Once you add sugar, it will again become runny, just keep cooking and stirring.Keep stirring so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • When the mixture becomes dry add ghee and stir well.When it becomes dry with a slight sticky texture,add cardamom powder.
  • The mixture comes together with a sticky texture that's the right consistency.Give a quick stir, let it cook for a minute then add ghee fried nuts and switch off.
  • Serve hot / warm!



  • Don't add sugar before carrots are cooked.
  • Adjust sugar according to your preference.
  • Always saute carrots in ghee till raw smell completely leaves then add milk.
  • Using a thick bottomed utensil is a must.
  • Cooking the entire process in low or low medium flame is advisable.
  • You can even add saffron strands and raisins in addition.
  • The halwa keeps well for 2-3 days if refrigerated, in room temperature only for a day.
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