May 20, 2009

Gajar Ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)


Gajar ka Halwa is probably one of my favorite winter sweets. In India, especially in the north, you can see this cooking in a big kadai (wok) in a local sweet shop. If you were to ask for some, a mithaiwala would take a portion from the wok, mix it with some meva in a separate tawa, top it with some nuts and serve it piping hot. Yummy!

It's an annual ritual
at home too. My mom would make a big batch of halwa and I loved eating the leftovers the next day.

Since I didn't make it during the winter this time, I had to make it soon. Here is how I made it.

Shredded carrot - 2 cups (shred it not too thin)
Milk - 1 1/2 cup (I used non fat)
Sugar - 1/2 - 3/4 cup (depending on your taste)
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tspoon
Unsalted butter/ghee - 2 tbspoons
Handful of raisins and nuts to garnish (I used walnuts)

Roast the nuts and raisins in a 1/2 tbspoon ghee and keep it aside.

Bring the milk to a boil in a heavy bottomed pan. Then add the shredded carrots and let it cook on medium heat for 5-6 and then reduce it to low. Let it cook for another 10 minutes, then add in the sugar and let it cook on low heat.

Cook till the halwa is mixed together, the milk has evaporated. Now heat the rest of the butter/ghee in a separate pan, add the halwa and cook till it starts leaving sides. Add in the cardamom powder.


Mix well and garnish with roasted nuts
and raisins. Serve warm or cold.

This is going to Mithai Mela hosted by Srivalli at Cooking 4 all Seasons. Wishing you many, many delicious posts :)


  1. Wow yummy halwa, such a wonderful color too... nice pic...

  2. What a lovely snap Mandira! Ki shundor colour hoyeche halwa tar! And am eyeing the spread too ... sari/dupatta/?

  3. Oh wow alluring recipe....Awesome click....

  4. this dish always reminds me of the pressure cooker ad where the lady makes it in 5 mins and my mom goes "its easy but not that easy"! :D

  5. Yummy colour of the halwa...Very tempting....nice click too..

  6. Its been a long time since i have made this.. looks awesome.. & inspiring me to make some for me. A great picture too.

  7. Very tempting ur halwa even though I rarely eat sweets!

  8. ohh so yummilicious looking halwa Mandira...awesome colour.

  9. I can have carrot halwa anytime! Looks too good!

  10. Gajar halwa looks delicious...its been a long time since i made this..looking at the pic feel like having right now :)

  11. Thats our fav sweet dish making them, infact I made them with orange carrots..since I couldn't get hold of the red ones in Hong Kong.
    Great click!

  12. Thanks so much everyone.

    Sharmila - this is my scarf.

    Nags - Never tried making it in the pressure cooker. Have to try it one of these days.

  13. Mandira, sorry for coming here so late..thanks for the wishes..I am still catching with the entries..:))

    thats one lovely bowl!..

  14. I love this homemade and couldn't believe how easy it was to make... Your recipe looks so good, now I want to make some :)

  15. Nice recipe! This thing here looks really delicious and the ingredients can be found anywhere! Thank you.

  16. I love the intense color of the recipe.

  17. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  18. yummy gajar ka halwa... looking trememndous n awesome.. i m hoping to eat it fast....

  19. Classic Gajar ka Halwa. Mouthwatering. Makes me nostalgic and miss home. THank you for sharing this easy recipe. :)


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