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Gajar Halwa Recipe (Carrot halwa) – Very popular North Indian halwa recipe. It is made very often during the winters. The main three ingredients are: Carrots, milk and sugar.
- 1 tablespoon Ghee (Clarified butter)
- 2 cups Carrot grated
- 2 cups Milk
- ⅓ cup Sugar or more, as per your taste
- ⅓ cup Khoya (Mawa) optional
- ¼ teaspoon Green cardamom seeds powder
- 1 tablespoon Almonds chopped
- 1 tablespoon Cashew nuts chopped
- ½ tablespoon Raisins
- Grate the carrots using box grater.
- Heat the ghee in a pan on medium heat.
- Once hot add grated carrots and saute.
- Cook for 5 minutes, stir in between.
- Add milk and stir. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer.
- In between scrape down the sides and also run the spatula to the bottom of the pan as well to make sure that it is not sticking.
- Simmer till it becomes almost dry. It took me about 15-18 minutes. If making larger quantity then this might take more time.
- If making with khoya then add add this step. Cook for few minutes.
- Now add sugar and mix. Let it melt.
- Add cardamom powder.
- Let it boil and all the liquid will dries out. It took me 10 minutes.
- then turn off the stove.
- Lastly add almonds, cashews and raisins. Mix well.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 serving. This information is calculated for the Gajar ka Halwa made With Khoya.
Gajar halwa or carrot halwa also known as Gajrela. Even though it is North Indian dessert, I grew up eating it. My mom makes it very often during the winters. She usually makes halwa in the morning, I used to enjoy warm halwa in the breakfast in cold wintery morning. Sounds weird, right? Yea but that’s the truth. But after moving to USA, I like to have it chilled. So I usually make in the afternoon and keep in refrigerator to chill. I and hubby have this as a dessert after dinner.
Traditional way of making this halwa takes lots of time. I have made only 2 servings and it took me about 40 minutes. But if you are making larger batch then it takes more time to evaporate milk and the whole process might take 2-3 hours. But after spending that much time. all the efforts are worth it.
There are other variation or methods of making this (which is quicker than traditional one). I have already shared them
1) Gajar halwa made in pressure cooker. took me only 15 minutes from start to finish.
2) Gajar halwa made with condensed milk. took me only 15 minutes from start to finish
I go for the any of the above two quicker methods, if I making it for guests (as I have to spend some time for making savories too)
Carrot halwa can be made during festivals like Diwali, raksha bandhan, holi or any other festival or special occasion, you just name it because everyone likes this halwa. It can be made on special occasions as well. I have seen carrot halwa in wedding menu as well.
How to make Gajar halwa recipe (Step by step photos):
1) Grate the carrots using box grater. I made smaller batch, so I use the box grater to grate the carrots. If making larger quantity then I would suggest using food processor for grating. Otherwise you will get good arm exercise.
2) Heat the ghee in a pan on medium heat.
3) Once hot add grated carrots and saute.
4) Cook for 5 minutes, stir in between. You will get nice aroma of carrots.
5) Add milk and stir.
6) Bring it to a boil and let it simmer.
7) Milk will start to evaporate, don’t forget to scrape down the sides and also run the spatula to the bottom of the pan as well to make sure that it is not sticking.
8) All the mix will be evaporated and it becomes almost dry. It took me about 15-18 minutes. If making larger quantity then this might take more time.
You can make gajar halwa with khoya or without khoya. Khoya can be added to halwa to make it more rich and creamy. This time I have skipped the addition of khoya. If using knoya then add now (before adding the sugar), let it melt and proceed with recipe.
9) Now add sugar and mix.
10) As sugar melts, halwa will become runny again.
11) Add cardamom powder.
12) Let it boil and all the liquid will dries out. It took me 10 minutes. then turn off the stove.
13) Lastly add almonds, cashews and raisins.
14) Mix well.
Serve warm or chilled. I prefer chilled.
Serving suggestions: Serve carrot halwa as a dessert after/with your lunch or dinner. For fancy serving or to impress your guest, serve warm halwa with scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.