Gajar ka Halwa, Quick Gajar Halwa Recipe

Gajar ka Halwa,  Quick Gajar Halwa Recipe

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Gajar ka Halwa has a traditional charm that continues to please every generation of Indians! Here is a quick and tasty version of Gajar ka Halwa made using the pressure cooker.

Cooked in milk, the carrots acquire a rich taste and melt-in-the-mouth texture, which are intensified by the addition of mava. Because milk and mawa are used, the recipe does not require much ghee, yet it has the same old rich taste and luxuriant mouth-feel.

Enjoy the Gajar ka Halwa warm. If you want to try this recipe without using a pressure cooker, try this version Microwave Gajar ka Halwa and if you want to make it in the microwave oven, go for this recipe Gajar ka Halwa.

Indian sweets can be enjoyed anytime of the year, but there are a few age-old recipes that comes to life every year during festival times, like Til Laddu is a popular sweet during Makar Sankranti, lord Ganesha is worshipped during Ganesh Chaturthi lovingly with his favourite delicacies like Modak and Churma Ladoo and then there is Jalebi that is enjoyed along with fafda on Dassera day, Maharashtrians make Puran Poli for Gudi Padwa and Kaju Katli and Mawa Karanji are much sought after during Diwali.

Do check out our entire recipe collection of Traditional Indian Sweets.

Enjoy how to make Gajar ka Halwa recipe with detailed step by step photos and video.

Gajar ka Halwa, Quick Gajar Halwa Recipe recipe - How to make Gajar ka Halwa, Quick Gajar Halwa Recipe

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 0.75 cup
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Ingredients


For The Gajar ka Halwa Recipe
2 cups thickly grated carrot
1 tbsp ghee
2 tbsp milk
4 tbsp sugar
4 tbsp grated mawa (khoya)
1 tbsp raisins (kismis)
1 tbsp chopped almonds (badam)
1/2 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder

Method
    Method
  1. To make gajar ka halwa, heat the ghee in a pressure cooker, add the carrots and sauté on a medium flame for 4 to 5 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  2. Add the milk, mix well and pressure cook for 1 whistle.
  3. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  4. Transfer into a broad non-stick pan, add the sugar, mix well and cook on a high flame for 5 to 7 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  5. Add the mawa, mix well and cook for more 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  6. Add the raisins, almonds and cardamom powder and cook for another 1 minute.
  7. Serve the gajar ka halwa hot or warm.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy220 cal
Protein4.7 g
Carbohydrates26.8 g
Fiber2 g
Fat10.2 g
Cholesterol1.2 mg
Sodium17.3 mg
Gajar Halwa (Quick Carrot Halwa) Video by Tarla Dalal
Gajar ka Halwa, Quick Gajar Halwa Recipe with step by step photos

How to make Gajar Ka Halwa

  1. Before we begin making the quick and easy Gajar Halwa, clean and wash the carrots. Make use of tender, juicy, firm red carrots to get that naturally sweet gajar ka halwa.
  2. Peel it using a scraper and discard the skin. To get 2 cups of grated carrot we have used 4 medium-sized carrots.
  3. Grate the carrots using a box grater. You can use the shredding disc on your food processor but do not grind the carrots in a blender. Keep aside.
  4. To make gajar ka halwa in a pressure cooker, heat the ghee in a pressure cooker. Ghee imparts a wonderful flavor to the gajar halwa.
  5. Add the carrots.
  6. Sauté on a medium flame for 4 to 5 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  7. Add milk. If you want to make this dairy-free and vegan, you can use full-fat coconut milk and coconut oil instead of ghee but it sure won’t taste that good. Check out this recipe to make Low Fat Carrot Halwa.
  8. Mix well. Traditionally, gajar ka halwa is made in a thick kadhai by reducing the milk and involved quite a bit of stirring to ensure the gajar halwa cooks evenly and didn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
  9. Pressure cook gajrela for 1 whistle. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Pressure-cooking helps in cooking the carrots quickly.
  10. Transfer carrot halwa into a broad non-stick pan. It looks slightly gooey with little milk at this stage.
  11. Add sugar. You can add more or less sugar as per the sweetness you prefer. Sometimes condensed milk is also added for a rich, creamy texture. If using that, skip adding sugar or add part sugar, part condensed milk to carrot halwa.
  12. Mix well and cook on a high flame for 5 to 7 minutes, while stirring continuously. Cook till all the moisture evaporates and it becomes halwa consistency.
  13. Add mawa to make instant gajar ka halwa rich. Do not add more khoya than the mentioned quantity. It makes the halwa sticky. Instead of khoya, you can add milk powder or almond meal for that extra richness. Learn Khoya at home.
  14. Mix well and cook for more 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  15. Add raisins. Other dried fruits like cashew nuts, pistachios can also be added.
  16. Add almonds. If you like crunchy nuts, then roast the raisins till they puff up and almonds till they are brown in ghee before you start making the gajar halwa and remove them.
  17. Add cardamom powder to enhance the flavor and make carrot pudding aromatic.
  18. Cook the gajar halwa for another 1 minute. Our carrot halwa with khoya in the pressure cooker is now ready!
  19. Serve the gajar ka halwa hot or warm. Health-conscious people can try out this Low Calorie Gajar Halwa.
  20. There are other three methods of making carrot halwa on our website :

Reviews

Gajar ka Halwa, Quick Gajar Halwa Recipe
 on 29 Jun 18 03:52 AM
4

My husband like sweets very much and would like to make this receipe soon. If I do not want to add mawa, can you please advise with what ingredient should I substitute mawa. Looking forward to hear from you soon.
Tarla Dalal
29 Jun 18 09:08 AM
   Hi Pervin, Try this recipe without mawa https://www.tarladalal.com/Quick-Gajar-ka-Halwa-Carrot-Halwa-Without-Mawa-1749r
Gajar ka Halwa, Quick Gajar Halwa Recipe
 on 25 Dec 17 08:08 PM
5

The gajar halva recipe was awesome and tasty 😋 Thanks Akbar
Tarla Dalal
26 Dec 17 08:30 AM
   Very delighted to hear that Akbar that you followed and the recipe came out perfect for you. Do try more recipes and share your feedback. Happy Cooking!!!
Gajar ka Halwa ( Quick Gajar Halwa Recipe )
 on 20 Feb 17 12:59 AM
5

Thank you Chef Tarla for a yummy and a quick make recipe. Love the ease of ur website where one can choose the ingredients as per servings....Makes life super simple. Just made 50 servings...It turned out delicious. Thank you and cheers!!
Tarla Dalal
20 Feb 17 05:18 PM
   Very delighted to hear that Alson that you followed and the recipe came out perfect for you. Do try more recipes and share your feedback. Happy Cooking!!!
Gajar ka Halwa ( Quick Gajar Halwa Recipe )
 on 16 Dec 16 03:05 PM
5

l tried this recipe. it is too easy n quick. my hubby n kid love this.. thank u so much...pls tell if l don''t want to add mava than how much milk l have to add..
Tarla Dalal
16 Dec 16 03:24 PM
   Hi Sonal , we are delighted you and your family loved the Gajar ka Halwa recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
Gajar ka Halwa ( Quick Gajar Halwa Recipe )
 on 05 Sep 16 07:23 PM
5

Thank u so much..first time i made it and it was awesome
Tarla Dalal
06 Sep 16 09:44 AM
   Hi Sonam , we are delighted you loved the Gajar ka Halwa recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
Gajar ka Halwa ( Quick Gajar Halwa Recipe )
 on 23 Aug 16 06:43 AM
5

Tarla ji, I have to make this in large quantities. Like for 40 ppl. Do I need to fry the carrots first or can I skip the step ?
Tarla Dalal
24 Aug 16 01:56 PM
   Hi Gayathri, The sauteing of the carrots is important.. if it is not possible to do in one batch, make in 2 batches.. but do not skip the step..
Gajar ka Halwa ( Quick Gajar Halwa Recipe )
 on 23 Aug 16 06:41 AM
5

Gajar ka Halwa ( Quick Gajar Halwa Recipe )
 on 07 Mar 16 12:29 PM
5

I m an engineering student and I made it 1st time and it was made so perfect that I cant believe that carrot halwa in cook could be so delicious ??...thank u mam.....
Tarla Dalal
07 Mar 16 02:41 PM
   Well done Kumar. It''s so good to hear that the Halwa came out well and looks like you are going to be a good cook.
Gajar ka Halwa ( Quick Gajar Halwa Recipe )
 on 05 Feb 16 04:35 PM
5

Thanks a lot Mam,i try this receipy and my family specially my husband liked it very much,my 3 years angel also like this halwa,n for d first time i made it,bt the taste was perfect like not too sweet n delicioustoo ,so once again thx a lot.
Tarla Dalal
05 Feb 16 05:03 PM
   Thanks Khushi. We are delighted your family loved the halwa recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback.
Gajar ka Halwa ( Quick Gajar Halwa Recipe )
 on 30 Jan 16 12:13 PM
5

I am trying the same and wow it works....
Tarla Dalal
01 Feb 16 09:33 AM
   Thanks Pawan. We are delighted you loved the recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback.
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