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Carrot Halwa | Gajar Ka Halwa Recipe

Carrot Halwa is a Classic Indian Dessert ; Carrots are slow cooked in whole milk , desi ghee and sugar , flavored with cardamom and garnished with nuts .
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Diwali, Festivals
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 5 People
Calories 312kcal
Author Muktha H S


  • 4.5- 5 Cups Red Carrot grated
  • 2 Cups Full Fat Milk
  • 8 tablespoon Sugar or as required
  • 6 tablespoon Ghee /Clarified Butter
  • ½ teaspoon Green cardamom Powder ,4-5 cardamom pods , de husked and powdered
  • 1 tablespoon Raisins
  • 2 tablespoon Cashews
  • 2 tablespoon Almonds, slivered
  • 1 tablespoon Pistachios , chopped


  • Rinse carrots, pat it dry ,trim the edges , peel the skin , grate and keep it aside
  • In a heavy bottom thick pan /kadai (don't use Nonstick), add 2 tablespoon of ghee/clarified butter and add grated carrot,
  • Saute the carrot till the rawness of carrot goes,it takes around 6-8 minutes.
  • Now add boiled milk and let the carrots cook in the milk. Cover lid and cook on low flame .
  • When carrot is completely cooked, open lid and cook until milk reduces.
  • Once milk is almost reduced to 90% , add sugar , mix well and let it continue to cook on low flame
  • Whilst, heat 4 tablespoon of ghee and fry all chopped nuts until it turns golden in color. Add raisins at last and remove from stove.
  • To carrot halwa , add cardamom powder , fried nuts , raisins along with ghee.
  • Mix well ; when everything comes together leaving the pan from edges , gajar halwa in ready.
  • Serve Carrot Halwa hot, warm or cold .Can also serve with Ice cream.


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  • Always use red carrots to make this halwa as you can get real taste from red carrots. Even black carrots can be used to make this halwa . You can find black carrots in winters in some regions of East India
  • Grate carrots to medium thickness. If you grate them too thin, the halwa will become mushy , to speed up the process use food processor to grate carrots.
  • Keep stirring the halwa at regular intervals or else it scorches from the bottom.
  • You can easily double or triple this recipe .
  • Carrot halwa is freezer friendly recipe , transfer it in a freezer safe box and freeze.  Thaw before using and warm in microwave. You can freeze the halwa for 1-2 months. 
  • You can make this gajar halwa with khoya also. Add 50 grams of Khoya once carrots are well cooked and follow the remaining process exactly.


Calories: 312kcal