Gajar ka Halwa, Carrot Halwa

Gajar ka Halwa, Carrot Halwa

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Many a shortcut there might be, but sometimes the traditional method of making a mithai yields the richest taste! This authentic recipe of Gajar Halwa proves that!

Made with grated carrots, khoya, milk, dry fruits and ghee, this halwa has a divine taste and aroma that take you to another world.

This famous sweet is prepared in households all over India for offering to God on puja days as well as to celebrate festivals and weddings.

Gajar ka Halwa is great on it's own, but to make it more exciting have it with Rabri or Vanilla Ice-cream .

Gajar ka Halwa, Carrot Halwa recipe - How to make Gajar ka Halwa, Carrot Halwa

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 3 servings
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3 cups grated carrot
1/4 cup melted ghee
5 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup crumbled mawa (khoya)
1/2 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder

For The Garnish
2 tbsp almond (badam) slivers

  1. Heat the ghee in a deep non-stick kadhai, add the carrots, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 6 to 8 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  2. Add the sugar, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  3. Add the mava, mix well and cook on a medium flame for another 3 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  4. Add the cardamom powder and mix well.
  5. Garnish with almond slivers and serve warm or store refrigerated in an air-tight container till serving.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy386 cal
Protein5.6 g
Carbohydrates41.8 g
Fiber3.9 g
Fat21.7 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium31.3 mg
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    What is a halwa?

    1. What is Halwa?  An Indian mithai with a soft, fudge-like texture, the halwa just slides down your throat and warms your soul! One of the all-time favourite Indian sweets, halwa is made for any and every occasion, and sometimes for no reason at all.     
    2. Halwa can be made with roasted flour, grated veggies or mashed fruits. The key ingredient is essentially cooked with sugar and ghee to get a soft, luscious, heartwarming sweet dish, resplendent with the aroma of ghee and Indian spices like cardamom.
    3. You can smell a classic halwa even before you see it – that means it has been done right.  Halwas are made all over India. While some like the Sooji ka HalwaMoong Dal HalwaBadam Halwa and Carrot Halwa are popular all over the country, each region has its specialty too, like the Wheat Halwa of Tamil Nadu, which is made with the milk extracted from soaked wheat! Halwas, unlike sheeras and kheers are usually slow-cooked to get a rich taste.
    4. Even a small portion is enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. However, there are quick-fix versions that you can cook in a jiffy too. So, worry not. The Moong Dal Halwa and Chana Dal Halwa are typical examples of slow-cooked halwas. Although there might be quick workarounds for these, the slow versions taste better because the dal loses its raw smell and imbibes a rich taste only when you cook it in a heavy-bottomed vessel for a while.
    5. On the other hand, those like the Gajar ka Halwa and Doodhi Halwa can be made quite quickly using a pressure cooker.  You can make halwa out of rich ingredients like the Walnut Halwa or Badam Halwa, of course only to be enjoyed occasionally. You may also make healthy treats like the Low Fat Carrot Halwa and  Shakarkand ka Halwa, which capitalize on the natural sweetness of the ingredients to reduce the amount of sugar required. The resulting halwas are relatively healthy, and can be enjoyed occasionally even by those with blood pressure or other health conditions.
    6. Halwas like the Shakarkand ka Halwa and Singhada Sheera can be enjoyed even on fasting days.  Jhat-Pat Halwa for a simple puja at home, Anjeer Halwa to celebrate a victory, and Peach Halwa to delight your kids in the evening… there is a halwa for each day of the month, and more! Check out our collection of 100+ halwa recipes.


    Gajar ka Halwa, Carrot Halwa
     on 25 Dec 19 05:00 PM

    Hi Auntie, my husband love this. Thank you so much for the recipe.
    Gajar ka Halwa, Carrot Halwa
     on 12 Nov 19 04:43 PM

    Hi Whenever I make Gajar halawa , during process only it becomes very dark black in color like taar It tastes better but looks horrible I tried normal and non stick vessels but same result Why this happens please advice me and please give me suggestions .... Regard
    Tarla Dalal
    13 Nov 19 05:17 PM
       Hi, check the vessel you are making it.. and also check the flame while working. cook the carrots on a medium flame.
    Gajar ka Halwa, Carrot Halwa
     on 24 Jan 18 05:59 PM

    Tarla Dalal
    25 Jan 18 08:42 AM
       Hi Pooja, Thank you for your kind try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed it...happy cooking !!
    Gajar ka Halwa ( Dessert)
     on 22 Jun 15 10:21 AM

    OMG this halwa just tastes delicious. It just melts in the mouth. The sweetness is just perfect. The mava adds an additional flavour to this gajar ka halwa which is just irresistible.
    Edited after original posting.
    Gajar Halwa
     on 04 Apr 11 12:52 PM